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Bottom Line First Aldous Huxley’ The Genius and the Goddess at 168 pages is more of a novella than a novel. It is tightly written without being spare. After the reader closes the book and recollects the last pages, he'll be reminded of the great ideas with which have been re-familiarized, and feels as though he has learned something, but in fact has not. The Genius and Goddess is an exercise worth reading, but that's all it remains to be: an exercise, a work that could have been Aldous Huxley's magnum opus. 2 people found this helpful.

In Huxley’s Aldous Huxley’ The Genius and the Goddess at 168 pages is more of a novella than a novel. Appended to the book is a short biography of Aldus Huxley, an essay giving his beliefs in the fashions of love, and a 2 page list of his book titles. Narrator John Rivers tell the story of how he matured from a narrow hyper religious man child a modern man aware of but with no answers to the complexities of the larger world.

The Genius and the Goddess (1955) is a novel by Aldous Huxley. The story begins in 1951. John Rivers is speaking to a friend about his encounter with the Maartens family.

Now, on Christmas Eve while a small grandson sleeps upstairs, John Rivers is moved to set the record straight about the great man and the radiant, elemental creature he married, who viewed the renowned genius through.

Now, on Christmas Eve while a small grandson sleeps upstairs, John Rivers is moved to set the record straight about the great man and the radiant, elemental creature he married, who viewed the renowned genius through undazzled eyes. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Aldous Huxley was born on 26 July 1894 near Godalming, Surrey. He began writing poetry and short stories in his early 20s, but it was his first novel, Crome Yellow (1921), which established his literary reputation. This was swiftly followed by Antic Hay (1923), Those Barren Leaves (1925) and Point Counter Point (1928) – bright, brilliant satires in which Huxley wittily but ruthlessly passed judgement on the shortcomings of contemporary society.

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Huxley reminds us that fiction is what keeps the world alive before he begins this work. The genius seeks refuge in knowledge but the goddess,on the other hand is free to embrace the totality of the world

Huxley reminds us that fiction is what keeps the world alive before he begins this work. It is fiction that functions as a glue that connects random events from history to our past and it is fiction that gives these events new depths and dimensions. We have to exhaust the narrative if we ever want to arrive at something beyond fiction. The genius seeks refuge in knowledge but the goddess,on the other hand is free to embrace the totality of the world. She knows life beyond the petty confines of morality and embraces the whole without regret.

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Aldous Huxley’ The Genius and the Goddess at 168 pages is more of a novella than a novel. It is tightly written without being spare. Narrator John Rivers tell the story of haw he matured from a narrow hyper religious man child a modern man aware of but with no answers to the complexities of the larger world. This is intelligent writing. It respects the reader who is ultimately asked to judge the speaker who is not able to resolve the moral conflict thrust upon him. Highly recommended.

In Huxley’s more successful and more highly regarded novel: Eyeless in Gaza, Huxley creates tightly wound spiritually too pure, momma’s boy who becomes the foil of a spoiled and selfish narrator. In this much shorter novel we begin with a man child of the same outlook and over-dependence on his mother, who learns to be more than a priggish momma’s boy.

John Rivers leaves graduate school to become an assistant to the brilliant genius Professor Henry Marteens. He is invited into the Marteen’s house and into the lives of the entire family. Initially he seems to be little more than an observer of this odd if highly intelligent family and handily deals with the teen-age daughter of the of house who develops a huge crush on John..

Except… Except he falls into a passionate if remote, unspoken love of his hostess Mrs. Kathey Marteens; The Goddess of our story. With these few characters, Huxley will create a moral dilemma that will teach John that the simple homilies of his youth and the certainties of philosophy do not properly equip a young man for the world.

Appended to the book is a short biography of Aldus Huxley, an essay giving his beliefs in the fashions of love, and a 2 page list of his book titles.
from earth
I love it when I accidentally stumble upon a piece of literary treasure that leaves me changed, for the better, in having read it.

Huxley manages to capture the Grace of a Goddess, her husband, a Genius, the dynamics of their family unit and household and the unsuspecting guest (John Rivers) who is invited into their world and lives. Told conversationally and in recollection over the course of one evening, we learn of the impact made to John Rivers' life and universe when he experiences love, passion and devotion to a woman-embodied goddess being.

Layers of delirious and delicious insight pour forth from Huxley's writing, leaving you tickled, delighted, bemused, charmed and awed. This story has some truly funny moments with richly developed characters you will miss once the novella is done.

Don't deny yourself another moment, Huxley fan or not. If you appreciate a bit of philosophical brain-candy that tugs at the heart-strings of emotion and epiphany, then purchase this treasure by a literary giant today.
Zyniam
i didn't like how this ended.
Jozrone
This is a very good book for its time and it holds up well. It uses real English grammar and surprises the reader with enjoyable and moving content. I am a Aldous Huxley fan however so I like most of his works.
Frlas
The Genius and the Goddess, the tale of love, vision, and anthropic damnation, comprises the story of a PhD. student, John Rivers, and his association with "a pathbreaking physicist," Henry Maartens, and the latter's wife, Kate Maartens. John is a lab assistant under Dr. Henry Maartens, and finds himself falling in love with the voluptuous, ostentatiously young Kate Maartens, while staying with her husband, their two children, Ruth and Timmy, and the housemaid, Beluah.

John, now old and a grandfather, tells of his venture to a friend and reporter about his experiences with the Maartens family. Henry recounts being troubled by the Maartens' teen daughter, his struggle to relieve himself of his widowed mother's sheltered parenting, and of course by Kate Maartens, the "goddess." The Genius and the Goddess is a poetic tale, often philosophically inquisitive, but ultimately is the work of a philosophaster. Its adjectival radiance and literary insurgences are admirable, often beautiful, and anecdotal. But The Genius and the Goddess fails to realize its potential.

We are often told of Kate's beauty, her other-worldly desire, and is man's epitomized, corporeal form of lust. Huxley portrays Kate Maartens, for what she is, wonderfully. Unfortunately, Huxley's portrayals of other significant proponents in this tale are unrealized. John is shown to have grown, rather significantly, as observed throughout his first-person narrative. But his character in the story, that of a twenty-something physicist, is stale, save for his troubled relations with his mother.

Dr. Maaretns, the "genius," is written off as the left-brain intellectual of the twentieth century, lacking passivity and intuition, but amiable and scientifically groundbreaking. We never see Henry's genius, save for his integration of Hahnemann's homeopathy into immaterial fields of energy. We never see Henry because it is John's story -- John's and Katy's -- though we never hear much of Katy, either. We see her a well-educated, pedantic mother who is the ultimate sex symbol. That is all she is to John: an illustrious desire, a yearning for which the mind heeds and the heart bleeds.

We see John's struggle with what is beyond infatuation; his struggle is a stylized, intellectualized, if you will, obsession. The Genius and the Goddess is also a tale of fate, or so it would seem, regarding the injustices of man's desires and will. Huxley's ideas are novel, and the book is a poet's introspection of love and life. But the Genius and the Goddess is an all-too-brief glimpse, a flash of light, to Huxley's inquiries, which could have been better divulged, with more time and less ego. The narrator, the older John Rivers, recites as if he has learned all the answers, but we, the reader, never learn any of them. Huxley's novel is an empty poetic shell painted with ideas, instead of being crafted with principles.

After the reader closes the book and recollects the last pages, he'll be reminded of the great ideas with which have been re-familiarized, and feels as though he has learned something, but in fact has not. The Genius and Goddess is an exercise worth reading, but that's all it remains to be: an exercise, a work that could have been Aldous Huxley's magnum opus.
Jeb
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invincible
The Genius and the Goddess is my favorite work by Huxley. It's not as profound as Brave New World, but the intellectual characters that Huxley creates and their struggles remind me of my graduate school days. If you've studied Math, Physics, or Computer Science and are at all fond of any of Huxley's other works, you'll like this. There's a good synopsis on wikipedia. Check it out.
Great novel by Huxley
The Genius and the Goddess download epub
Author: Aldous Huxley
ISBN: 0701108010
Category: No category
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Brothers; First Edition edition (December 1955)
Pages: 128 pages