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Crome Yellow

Aldous Huxley

Book Overview: 

Aldous Huxley’s first novel. In it he satirizes the fads and fashions of the time. It is the witty story of a house party at ‘Crome’ where there is a gathering of bright young things. We hear some of the history of the house from Henry Wimbush, its owner and self appointed historian; Apocylapse is prophesied, virginity is lost, and inspirational aphorisms are gained in a trance. Our hero, Denis, tries to capture it all in poetry and is disappointed in love.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .r-like posts, and cherubs, seated at the top of each column, supported a wooden canopy fretted with the same carved flowers.

Anne was reading in bed. Two candles stood on the little table beside her, in their rich light her face, her bare arm and shoulder took on warm hues and a sort of peach-like quality of surface. Here and there in the canopy above her carved golden petals shone brightly among profound shadows, and the soft light, falling on the sculptured panel of the bed, broke restlessly among the intricate roses, lingered in a broad caress on the blown cheeks, the dimpled bellies, the tight, absurd little posteriors of the sprawling putti.

There was a discreet tap at the door. She looked up. "Come in, come in." A face, round and childish, within its sleek bell of golden hair, peered round the opening door. More childish-looking still, a suit of mauve pyjamas made its entrance.

It was Mary. "I thought I'd just look in for a moment t. . . Read More

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Crome Yellow is a chronicle of a party – it seems nothing happens but actually there is a battle of different intellectual conceits. The novel is a paragon of erudition and a trove of knowledge and concepts.
“Consider, for example, the case of Luther and Erasmus. There was Erasmus, a man of reason if

I had never read any of Huxley's novels other than Brave New World, and was surprised to find that his first novel, Crome Yellow, is quite far from a sci-fi novel, being instead of the species of British manor satires that seem to make up about half of the novels in the English language. Not only th

Huxley hat EINE GESELLSCHAFT AUF DEM LANDE, seinen ersten Roman, als Ideenkomödie bezeichnet. Der Roman des 27-jährigen sorgte für Missstimmung, da die Gastgeberin Ottoline Morrell sich in der Figur der Priscilla Wimbush unangemessen porträtiert fand und auch zahlreiche ihrer anderen namhaften Gäste

My friend Celia is a huge Huxley fan, so some time ago I bought a copy of Crome Yellow but never really had an awful lot of time to read it. Last week, I dove in, and absolutely adore it. It's the Great Gatsby of the United Kingdom, a novel entrenched in 1920s high society lifestyles, of dinner part

6th book of 2020.

I read Brave New World a few years ago and have been meaning to read his earlier works, his social satires which I heard are very different. That they are. Almost unrecognisable - these are humorous, well-written (as BNW is) and mundane books. By mundane I mean without any utopias o

Sadly, this book has not withstood the test of time.

Words - I wonder if you can realize how much I love them. You are too much preoccupied with mere things and ideas and people to understand the full beauty of words. Your mind is not a literary mind.

Goodreads is but a sea of possibilities, rife with points of contact albeit drifting and bobbing. Too

I have not read this book for 41 years. Reading it today was an altogether different experience inasmuch as all that changes my life has undergone during the intervening decades. Written in 1921, Crome Yellow is frequently described as a satire on English country house gatherings of intellectuals. I

Years ago before I knew about Goodreads, I had heard about Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and soon read and enjoyed that dystopian novel. After joining Goodreads, I noticed that Huxley had many other books besides his classic novel, of course he must have but the beauty of Goodreads is all is here

Having only read Huxley's Brave New World, I was surprised at how different Crome Yellow was. I had to check the cover to make sure this was indeed a Huxley novel. It is his first novel, published in 1921, a full decade before Brave New World. Crome Yellow is a satire on English country manors, and

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