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Crome Yellow

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Aldous Huxley’s first novel, Crome Yellow tells the story of a house party at Crome, the stately house owned by Henry Wimbush. Over the course of the party, the diverse guests, including hero Denis Stone, pursue their own agendas while enjoying the hospitality of Wimbush.

Crome Yellow is told in the tradition of the English country house novel, in which disparate characters
ebook, 125 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by HarperPerennial Classics (first published 1921)
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The Usual If you want more of the same, then yes; Crome Yellow is a very different beast and is driven much more by characters and humour than by ideas. If, on…moreIf you want more of the same, then yes; Crome Yellow is a very different beast and is driven much more by characters and humour than by ideas. If, on the other hand, you like Huxley for the clarity of his prose, and you aren't too fussed about plot then by all means give it a go - pay attention to Mr Scogan as you'll find some of his pronouncements oddly familiar. (less)
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Jul 17, 2016 Jonfaith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonfaith by: Jim
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 often I don't hear the calls across the foamy expanses. It is with relief and gratitude that I thank Jim Paris for suggesting this novel.
Crome Yellow is Huxley's first novel.
It has wit and snark.
Sara G
Nov 26, 2012 Sara G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of British manor lit, British satire
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 this, but the back of the book says that even less happens than is normal in these novels. That didn't exactly sound like what I wanted to read on a weekend night, but it was already in my hand so I cra ...more
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 a parody in particular of Garsington Manor, owned by Lady Ottoline Morrell. Garsington was a haven for a group of writers that inclided Huxley, D.H. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot, and others. Cromes fictional ...more
Dec 07, 2008 Rosianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every fan of Fitzgerald and Waugh.
Recommended to Rosianna by: Celia J
Shelves: favourite-books
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 parties and estates. Huxley focuses most directly on Denis, a struggling poet who cannot quite grasp the art of writing something up to par, nor can he win the heart of the young lady he has fallen for.

Marius van Blerck
Jan 12, 2011 Marius van Blerck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Huxley's first published work, written in his mid-twenties, just after the First World War. He had spent some time living at Garsington Manor (the model for Crome), home of Lady Ottoline Morrell. Huxley had been disqualified from active duty in the war due to a period of near-blindness, but as his eyesight recovered, he studied English Literature at Oxford, and had a stint at teaching at Eton.

On the surface, the book is a light comedy, in the Country House genre. In this role alone it is
Jul 09, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, short-fiction
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. In actuality, it is much more.

We see the events unfolding through the eyes of the young dilettante poet Dennis Stone, who is hopelessly in love with Anne Wimbush, daughter of the hosts. His feelings ar
Vit Babenco
Jan 29, 2016 Vit Babenco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ever there was one. People listened to him at first – a new virtuoso performing on that elegant and resourceful instrument, the intellect; they even admired and venerated him. But did he move them to
3.5 I may up this to 4 stars -- I want to see how it lasts in my memory. This is a satire or comedy of manners so there is not much action. Various people are gathered at a country house for a visit which gives Huxley a chance to show us different types of 'bright young things' (this was published in the early 1920s). I found much to amuse me but it rarely made me laugh out loud.

One character I found particularly funny was the local vicar, Mr. Bodiham: "He preached with fury, with passion, an ir
Jun 15, 2008 Cecily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overrated
A country house weekend, but like Island, the plot, such as it is, just seems an excuse to contrive situations for various cardboard characters to pontificate about life, philosophy, culture etc, rather than the driving force.

Jan 10, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An author's first novel is often semi-autobiographical, and Huxley's "Crome Yellow" is no exception. Drawing from his experiences at Garsington Manor and his time with the Bloomsbury set, Huxley satirizes and caricatures the British world fresh from The Great War and heady with a world of possibilities, including another potential global conflagration that could destroy humanity.

Huxley's range of male characters read like spokes on a wheel of his own personality. Early in the novel Huxley's main
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
This was the author's first novel, published in 1921 when he was just twenty-seven years old. The setting is in a country-house called Crome and there's very little that goes on here by way of plot, just a series of mini escapades and mildly thought-provoking and sometimes witty dialogues among its guests, one of whom intones:

"That's the test for the literary mind, the feeling of magic, the sense that words have power. The technical, verbal part of literature is simply a development of magic. Wo
“Of course,” Mr. scogan groaned, “I’ll describe the plot for you. Little Percy, the hero, was never good at games, but he was always clever. He passes through the usual public school and the usual university and comes to London, where he lives among the artists. He is bowed down with melancholy thought; he carries the whole weight of the universe upon his shoulders. He writes a ‘novel of dazzling brilliance"; he dabbles delicately in Amour and disappears, at the end of the book, into the luminou ...more
Ronald Morton
Sep 14, 2016 Ronald Morton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dalkey-archive
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. Camlet was where he always got out, leaving the train to creep indolently onward, goodness only knew whither, into the green heart of England.
So begins Huxley’s Crome Yellow, the first novel he ever published.
May 01, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novels like Brave New World, 1984, The Handmaid's Tale and Fahrenheit 451 always seemed to me to be a double-edged knife blade. Their importance in opening many people to the door of science-fiction cannot be questioned. Any discussion of dystopian literature would be empty without their totalitarian omnipresence whilst any mention of the authors, regardless of context, will invariably bring the conversation back onto their one dystopian novel - again and again. It seems to many people these nov ...more
May 20, 2009 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Several of my friends read Crome Yellow when I was in high school. Since I had been less than thrilled with Huxley's more famous Brave New World, I passed on the novel. Recently seeing the book on our local library shelf, I opted to check it out. Maybe I simply hadn't been ready for Huxley in high school (though Albert Camus and Franz Kafka seemed accessible enough).

Crome Yellow reminds me of an English country house mystery without the mystery. The cast of characters is bizarre, including: the
Stephanie "Jedigal"
I downloaded this ages ago to my Kindle, along with many other titles from the "1001" list, and by the time I happened to select it, I had entirely forgotten what it was about. Given that my impression of Huxley is formed primarily by Brave New World, this was an interesting surprise. One note - the writing is smoooooth. Jane Austen feel, but without a plot. More like a series of consecutive anecdotes. The light way in which Huxley makes fun of the early 1900's English gentry is outstanding. It ...more
Jan 04, 2016 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a debut! Give me just a minute while I get over my insane jealousy of Huxley's talent. Ok, I'm ready.

Crome Yellow was not what I was expecting, having read Brave New World last year, but I'm completely ok with that. We follow young poet, Denis Stone, during a short holiday at Crome and his interactions and misadventures with the other party goers. Each attendee has a specific agenda, and they are portrayed with wit and believability. I'm not usually very fond of satire, but Huxley has alway
Marts  (Thinker)
Huxley's first novel written in 1921 tells the story of a 'house party', so to say, at the house of Henry Wimbush called 'Crome'. With a brilliant array of characters, Huxley gives an in-depth history into certain aspects of the story, his characters include apart from the protagonist Denis, the owner who also calls himself a historian, Mr. Barbacue-Smith, Mr. Scogen, the owner's niece Anne, and others.
This is not the debut one would expect from Aldous Huxley. Brave New World's bleak future was bitterly funny and absurd and told clinically. Crome Yellow's humor is bright satire with any foreshadowing of the future undercut by the ridiculousness of everyone involved.

Crome is an English country house whose owners patronize the intellectual and artistic community. Denis Stone is a recently published poet who's been invited back to the house. He plans on dazzling the company with his wit, convince
Vladimir Stamenov
Very funny and well written, lampooning different traits of stereotypes present in the thoughts and actions of Huxley's contemporaries in the 20s. Also a great satire on the popular contemporary craze of the Kunstlerroman and how most of the novels produced in the format didn't amount to much of anything. Bonus points for the author's self-awareness and self-deprecation in writing exactly in the genre he was making fun of. Plenty of interesting takes on typical modernist ideas, like the place of ...more
Judyta Szaciłło
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 publ
Nov 25, 2007 jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Written when he was twenty-seven, Huxley's first novel is a cursory exploration into many of the thematic elements that would later mark his literary ouevre (existentialism, mysticism, modernism, etc). Set in early twentieth century England, on the manorial Crome estate, this scathing satire of wealth, aristocracy, and effete intellectualism is both a vivid character study and a commentary on excessive morality. Never at a loss for wit, Huxley crafts the remarkable tale of three wordsmiths brou ...more
Pete daPixie
May 14, 2013 Pete daPixie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aldous Huxley's first novel, published in 1921. 'Crome Yellow' is short and sweet. A pacey fiction that the author bases around Garsington Manor and Lady Ottoline Morrell. The characterisation of the post Great War English generation, such as Russell,Lawrence,Yeats,Eliot and Sassoon, who partied at Garsington, are given comic portrayals at Crome.
Huxley presents us with the upper-class country house of the 20's. The central character, Denis Stone joins the party with host Henry Wimbush and his wi
Jun 08, 2016 Aishie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
The most exciting part of this was the story about Sir Hercules. Very disappointing.
James Watt
Jun 12, 2016 James Watt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Utter tosh.
Daniel Gonçalves
Jul 06, 2015 Daniel Gonçalves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
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In Huxley’s universe, no idea was too onerous to be written on paper. Throughout a long and successful career as a novelist, he always tried to guarantee his narratives contained the necessary substance to be considered intemporal.

“Crome Yellow” - his first attempt at fiction writing - feels underwhelming in comparison. It is understandable. Released on the verge of what came to be known as “The Roaring Twenties” - an epoch of particular economic and technological prosperity - the
Apr 26, 2016 Kevin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As this is allegedly a comedy about nothing in particular wherein nothing happens, I suppose we could think of it as the Jerry Seinfeld of English literature. Regrettably I didn't find it all that amusing to read about leisure class youth who have little better to do that than sit around contemplating the phrase, "Black ladders lack bladders," while I have to work nine hours a day with a one to one and half hour commute each way to eat into my priceless time.

What the book reminds me of more tha
Wiebke (1book1review)
In the beginning of the book I thought that I've read this story before. It just reminded me of various other books and films about a group of people that get together for a few days and talk about nothing and everything.

But then I realized how unfair I was to Huxley, he wrote this book in 1921, earlier than most the other adaptions I've consumed of this format and that made me appreciate this much more.

Storywise nothing much happens, you get to know the characters and their personalities their
Crome Yellow is a wonderful collection of characters (or maybe caricatures)from the Bloomsbury group era. Huxley's first novel, while a bit chunky here and there, is a fun read for anyone who loves the wit and eccentricity of the times.
Mar 04, 2016 Jeske rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books-list, 2016
Loved it for its cynicism and insightful quotations. The story itself was a little dull in my opinion, so entirely different from Brave New World!
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Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death in 1963. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts. Through his novels and es ...more
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