Books: Why Not Viscerosophy?

THE GENIUS AND THE GODDESS (168 pp.) Aldous Huxley—Harper ($2.75).

In latter-day Huxley novels, words speak louder than actions. It is no surprise, therefore, to find that his first novel in seven years is an urbane little lecture on grace and predestination, with witty asides on life, letters and the pursuit of happiness. The lecture notes rather dwarf a spindly triangle story of love and adultery in the high-I.Q. bracket.

Young John Rivers, a physicist who looks like a "Roman copy of Praxiteles," gets a chance in the early '205 to study with a pioneering...

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