By Aldous Huxley
Pour le 50e anniversaire de l. a. mort d'Aldous Huxley, réédition d'un classique de l. a. science-fiction épuisé.
Lorsque le journaliste Will Farnaby échoue sur l'île de Pala, il croit avoir découvert los angeles société idéale. l. a. communauté des îliens s'organise autour des valeurs de justice, de admire et de liberté, dans une parfaite osmose avec l. a. nature. Mais cet équilibre idyllique est rapidement menacé par les convoitises internationales, à commencer par le sultanat voisin.
Huxley orchestre le malentendu : l'utopie de l'Éden retrouvé, réinventé par l. a. major de l'homme, fera lengthy feu, pour mieux se fracasser contre les instincts humains les plus funestes.
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Thinke not, I beseech you, that I enter into the lystes against you, like a subtile Logician’, he offers at the beginning of book 1, ‘for I never learned the places from 32 Rhetoric and Courtliness in Early Modern Literature whence argumentes are drawen, and that which I say, is rather of mine owne opinion, then by any judgement or learning: but my desire is to give you occasion to give me some light of your knowledge, being willing rather to understande, then to withstande’ (1. 23). Anniball, however, recognises William’s capacity to be a civil gentleman.
That hit were well done, to fynde out a good one to be parte taker both of our house, and of our childre[n] I chose you afore all other, and your father and mother like wise chose me. (sigs. C6r-C6v) He then explains that his wife ‘answered here unto after this maner. ’ (sig. 56 And so the conversation proceeds. 57 The lesson is completed when Ischomachus asks her how she would feel about tending to sick slaves or servants: ‘By my feyth, sayde my wyfe, hit is a verye gratious and a kynde dede.
31 Its meaning was yet further complicated in the sixteenth century by attempts to translate and understand Cicero’s ‘honestas’. In 1538 Thomas Elyot’s Latin-English dictionary explained Latin ‘honestas’ with a single word, ‘honestie’. By 1565, however, Thomas Cooper distinguishes between the noun and adjective (honestus); the latter he translates in various ways, including ‘of good reputation’, ‘good’, ‘beautiful’ and ‘comely’. 32 Cooper’s translation 28 Rhetoric and Courtliness in Early Modern Literature of ‘honestus’ as ‘comely’ (the Elizabethan term for decorous) is consonant with Cicero’s deﬁnition.