By Aldous Huxley
A Hollywood millionaire with a fear of demise, whose own health practitioner occurs to be engaged on a conception of longevity-these are the weather of Aldous Huxley's caustic and pleasing satire on man's wish to stay indefinitely. together with his universal wit and highbrow sophistication, Huxley pursues his characters of their quest for the everlasting, completing on a notice of horror. "This is Mr. Huxley's Hollywood novel, and also you may well count on it to be amazing, extravagant, loopy and preposterous. it's all that, and heaven and hell too....It is the type of novel that he's fairly the grasp of, the place the main awesome and fortuitous occasions are by way of contemplative little essays at the that means of life....The tale is outrageously good."—New York Times. "A hugely sensational plot that may continue staggering you to virtually the ultimate sentence."—The New Yorker. "Mr. Huxley's stylish mockery, his merciless aptness of word, the revelations and the creative surprises he springs at the reader are these of a grasp craftsman; Mr. Huxley is on the most sensible of his form." —London Times Literary Supplement.
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In a number of documents, including the donation form signed at the sperm bank, a provision in his will, and a letter to his adult children, Kane expressed his wish that the sperm be used by his live-in girlfriend, Deborah Hecht, for artiﬁcial insemination either before or after Kane’s death. Kane was deeply troubled. Shortly after he deposited his sperm, Kane ﬂew to Las Vegas and committed suicide. Kane’s two adult children from a prior marriage sought to prevent Hecht from using Kane’s sperm for posthumous reproduction.
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