Sebastian Barnack, a handsome English schoolboy, goes to Italy for
the summer, and there his real education begins. His teachers are two
quite different men: Bruno Rontini, the saintly bookseller, who teaches
him about things spiritual; and Uncle Eustace, who introduces him to
life's profane pleasures.
The novel that Aldous Huxley himself thought was his most successful at "fusing idea with story," Time Must Have a Stop
is part of Huxley's lifelong attempt to explore the dilemmas of
twentieth-century man and to create characters who, though ill-equipped
to solve the dilemmas, all go stumbling on in their painfully serious
comedies (in this novel we have the dead atheist who returns in a
seance to reveal what he has learned after death but is stuck with a
second-rate medium who garbles his messages).
Time Must Have a Stop is one of Huxley's finest achievements.