The Devils Of Loudun by Aldous HuxleyThe Devils Of Loudun by Aldous Huxley

The Devils Of Loudun

byAldous Huxley

Paperback | July 28, 2009

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“HUXLEY'S MASTERPIECE AND PERHAPS THE MOST ENJOYABLE BOOK ABOUT SPIRITUALITY EVER WRITTEN. .”
   — Washington Post Book World

Aldous Huxley's "brilliant" (Los Angeles Times) and gripping account of one of the strangest occurrences in history, hailed as the "peak achievement of Huxley’s career" by the New York Times

In 1632 an entire convent in the small French village of Loudun was apparently possessed by the devil. After a sensational and celebrated trial, the convent's charismatic priest Urban Grandier—accused of spiritually and sexually seducing the nuns in his charge—was convicted of being in league with Satan. Then he was burned at the stake for witchcraft.

A remarkable true story of religious and sexual obsession, The Devils of Loudon is considered by many to be Brave New World author Aldous Huxley's nonfiction masterpiece.

 

Aldous Huxley (1894–1963) is the author of the classic novelsBrave New World,Island,Eyeless in Gaza, andThe Genius and the Goddess, as well as such critically acclaimed nonfiction works asThe Perennial PhilosophyandThe Doors of Perception. Born in Surrey, England, and educated at Oxford, he died in Los Angeles, California.
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Title:The Devils Of LoudunFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.83 inPublished:July 28, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061724912

ISBN - 13:9780061724916

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from my review Washington Post Book World Aldous Huxley's "brilliant" (Los Angeles Times) and gripping account of one of the strangest occurrences in history, hailed as the "peak achievement of Huxley’s career" by the New York Times
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from my review An interesting topic that reveals the true evil within human beings.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from my review Huxley tells this fascinating story in great detail. At some points, perhaps too much detail. The writing style can come across as pretentious, needlessly complicated, and slow moving at times. (For example, there are frequent quotes and snippets of poetry in French--and a few in Latin—and many of these were not translated to English in the edition that I read. Apparently, the assumption was that the reader would have a basic competency in these languages.) However, when it comes to the climax of the story, the book is as gripping as they come. Having been presented with great insight into Father Grandier, we know him to be a deeply flawed man. He’s like the priests and bishops of a Marquis de Sade novel, lecherous and libertine. Yet, he manages to become a sympathetic character as he shows virtue of sticking to his guns in denial of being in league with Satan long after the truth of his vices has been admitted. In essence, when juxtaposed to his inquisitors, he becomes the lesser of two evils.
Date published: 2017-03-08

Editorial Reviews

"A brilliant book . . . "The Devils of Loudun" shows Huxley's genius at its best: It's his scientific, almost forensic and detailed approach that makes us feel the truth and horror of what happened long ago in France. (Los Angeles Times)