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Aldous Huxley’s comical first novel revolves around the aristocratic Wimbush family, who entertain an outlandish, diverse group of friends and relatives at their estate in Crome for the summer. The novel is set after the First World War, and the eclectic group of guests include Denis Stone, a young poet in love with Anne (Henry Wimbush’s niece), as well as Mr. Scogan the cynical philosopher and Mr. Barbecue-Smith, an unusually prolific writer. As Denis grapples with his feelings for Anne, the group engages in lively intellectual debates about life and art. Anne and Denis’ relationship is mirrored by the presence of several fashionable ladies at the estate, who the men try seduce with hilarious and disastrous consequences. But Anne remains cold to Denis’s advances, and with his heart broken he tries to console himself by writing poetry. When he discovers a sketchbook containing incriminating material, Denis is disturbed to realize that underneath all of the frivolity, the guests are keeping a close and wary eye on each other. Beneath the witty repartee, relationships are formed and broken in a web of intrigue. With its lighthearted satire of social pretensions and foibles, Huxley’s Crome Yellow captures a world in flux, poised between the old and the new.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
Along this particular stretch of line no express had ever passed. All the trains--the few that there were--stopped at all the stations. Denis knew the names of those stations by heart. Bole, Tritton, Spavin Delawarr, Knipswich for Timpany, West Bowlby, and, finally, Camlet-on-the-Water. ...
Reviewed by Twinkley on Mar 21, 2011
It was slow at times but overall ok.
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