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Crome Yellow by [Huxley, Aldous]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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"Fine satirical writing. Crome Yellow is determinedly eccentric and unflaggingly delightful."--Bookman

Book Description

Huxley mocks the fads, foibles and spirit of his time with an unsurpassed wit and brilliance

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 696 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500597287
  • Publisher: Library of Alexandria (5 Sept. 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006L8KH0I
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #555,220 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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It is very different to most novels - more a series of essays strung together by a slight story. I found the ideas and observations very interesting - some are clearly of their time (post WW1) - and some are more timeless musings on the nature of mankind & society.
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A very witty book based upon the author's own experiences.
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This novel, published in 1921, was Huxley's first. While it touches upon some serious issues, (note a passing conversation that prefigures a bit of "Brave New World"), it is mostly a send up of various literary, and actual, "types" and of the entire country house genre. Our hero is the rather superficial, confused and unobservant Denis, but his naiveté actually spares him from Huxley's most withering observations. That said, Huxley was rather young himself, and his version of "withering" drifts often enough into the comic, witty, and indulgent, which makes the whole book lighter and more entertaining than it might otherwise have been. There is satire, and snark, and some wonderful word-smithing, but nothing of the sour, bitter or vengeful that one occasionally encounters in the work of older and more battle hardened satirists.

This is the sort of book I've been sitting on for years, waiting for a chance to get around to it. Since it is available as a Kindle freebie, being in the public domain, I seized that opportunity to give a read. If you like banter, decent conversation, some consciously showy writing, and country house scenes with the occasional bit of bracing satire, this might suit just fine. (Interesting aside. The other freebie I read right before this was Fitzgerald's "This Side of Paradise". It was published the same time as this, was also a debut novel, and uses Princeton as the American equivalent of a country house getaway. Read them side by side for a very rewarding experience. As they say in Lit. 101 - compare and contrast.)

I read the super cheap download of this book on a Kindle Touch. The book is well formatted and presents well on the Kindle.
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Brave New World is the famous Aldous Huxley novel and I was very impressed with my audio version of it a few years ago. I saw Crome Yellow in Hailsham's OXFAM shop, an almost new copy at at just £1.50, so bought it expecting something vaguely similar. There are a few glimmers of the direction Huxley's writing would later take, but Crome Yellow, his first published novel, is actually a very humorous country house-based tale. Published in 1921 and set in the same era, it describes the visit of a self-conscious young man, Denis Stone, to a society gathering.

Huxley based his fictional characters on real people and, according to the excellent introduction by Malcolm Bradbury, not everyone was flattered by their portrayals! Huxley pokes fun at the pretensions of the time and of the upper classes, and also includes his writing in the mix. One character, Scogan, is particularly critical of exactly the type of novel that Crome Yellow is. I loved the Wimbushes, Henry and Priscilla, and can picture people I know who are remarkably similar to them. Not a lot happens during the gathering, but Huxley's sharp observations and the incidents he sets up are great fun and frequently had me giggling. There are a few moments where lengthy speechmaking slow the pace and date the novel, but overall I enjoyed Crome Yellow very much.
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At first glance, quite an unassuming plot - take a big country house, fill it with 20's socialites, and make a novel out of it. But Huxley provides more than enough intrigue to keep the pages turning. A most agreeable first novel, and Huxley is extraordinarily insightful; he was only in his mid-twenties when this work was conceived (contains the "bottle-breeding" idea which later resurfaces in "Brave New World").
Read "Antic Hay" next, for a more heady, urban mix of 20's culture, ideas and passion.
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It is a book about nothing and nothing really happens there. Some people get together in a country house and pretend to have fun. That's it.

It is amazing how rich such nothing can be! It can be a philosophical treatise, a sermon, a funny short story, a tragedy and romance. And it is - it is all of these things.

The book is not particularly good overall - it is a hodgepodge of a little bit of everything. But, oh my, you really can see the beginnings of a literary genius! It was Huxley's first published novel - he was a kid of 25 then, so there's no surprise that the novel is not of top quality. But even then and there he wrote some of the best paragraphs I have ever seen. It is a strange, uneven book, sometimes almost boring, at other times totally captivating. Three stars for the quality and another on the top of that for the opportunity to see the genius in development
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