Read "Antic Hay" next, for a more heady, urban mix of 20's culture, ideas and passion.
Huxley would always be something of an outsider - though born into a wealthy family in 1894, his life would be disrupted, first by the death of his mother when he was 14, then by illness, when he was 16, which left him blind for over a year and seriously limited his eyesight for the rest of his life. The illness had enduring effects - Huxley did not serve in the First World War, so was distanced from the survivors of his generation who made it back. The illness also prevented him from entering a career in pure science.
"Crome Yellow" is a charmingly cruel dissection of a society attempting to recover from the 1914-18 war, a war which had swept away the social fabric of Europe. Crome is a large country house which attracts the English upper classes and pseudo intelligentsia. We follow the experiences of young Denis Stone, a would be poet, as he watches the other guests.
"Crome Yellow" is a comedy, a satire of class and the pretensions and lotus eating assumptions of a class which is losing its role and its function and growing increasingly out of touch with the modern world. It presents amusing portraits and enjoyable anecdotes about life in a country house. Stylistically, however, it is dated, and the reader may find many of its references and allusions are obtuse. An interesting rather than a captivating read.