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If you enjoy subtle ironic self-deprecating humor and you love writers who can paint pictures with words you'll probably love this little story. I read it for the first time this last week and laughed all the way through. Huxley had a keen understanding of human nature. I'd compare the book to one of Pieter Bruegel's paintings. It's set in the countryside (at a house party) and is full of people just doing what they normally do. If you only glance at it, it doesn't seem to have much going on, but if you look closer at how the characters are interacting you find it seething with humanity and humor. I don't generally enjoy early 20th century "literature" because most of it is just so depressing, but this was lovely! For the first time in a long time I finished a book and wished I could meet the characters.
If you love reading great dialogue, the timing, cadence and rythm are brilliant! If this hasn't been made into a movie, it should be.