The Doors of Perception

The Doors of Perception



The Pequod Review:

The Doors of Perception is a memoir describing Aldous Huxley's use of psychedelic drugs and the effects they had on him. Unfortunately, his non-fiction work is more crude and simplistic than his best works of fiction:

We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes.