Antic Hay

Author: Aldous Huxley

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Antic Hayis a comic novel published in 1923, which pokes fun at conventional morals and uptight people. The story is set in London and depicts the cultural elite and their feelings of disaffection and uncertainty after the turbulent times following World War I.

The characters are a group of acquaintances belonging to artistic and intellectual circles, more specifically it follows Theodore Gumbril and his search for love. He disguises himself as "The Complete Man" to overcome his shyness and approach women, however, he faces the problem of how to reveal his true self to his friends.

Among the themes it includes are disillusionment, the experience of feeling adrift, self-doubt, etc. This book was condemned and banned in some countries for immorality because of its open discussion of sex.

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