Point Counter Point
(a) Why do people bother with worrying about liberty, democracy and politics, when they should just get on with living their lives
(b) It is easier to live the life of the intellectual, to live in a world purely of ideas, than it is...more
The novel doesn't have a front-to-back storyline, a precise plot, or a main character. It starts off with Walter Bidlake's "trials and tribulations", only to extend to the entire social network of the London elite of the 1930s.
Huxley's versatility brings this writing to the status of "masterpiece", si...more
It is more broadly a "novel of ideas" with a novelist of ideas, Philip Quarles, at its center. Quarles is a withdrawn, cerebral man, ill at ease with the everyday world and its emotions. He is surrounded by friends and family whose lives are like those of the monsters that Philip writes about in his journal. Just as Philip decides to structure his novel on t...more
Well, I read it, but was frustrated in that I didn’t understand what the author was trying to do. I am a big Huxley fan, but this book won’t be included in my list of all-time favorites. First off, there is no plot – at least one that I could find. It reminded me very much of the film, “My Dinner With Andre,” except that this dinner date had about twenty characters in it. It starts out at a musical soiree at the mansion of a very rich couple in Lo...more
"The rush to books and universities is like the rush to the public house. People want to drown their realization of the difficulties of living prope...more
There is, of course, class distinction, however, most of the affluent characters were rather self indulgent...more
Point Counter Point is about contrasts (hence the title) as well as Huxley's perennial themes of dehumanisation and futility in the modern world. It is full of mismatched couples, people committed to psychological and political opposites. It is one of Huxley's longest novels, and is full of philosophical argument.
There is no single central character. Rather, it is about a dozen or so equally important people, vaguely connected through mutual...more
Filled with the intellectual, raging, pathetic, humorous musings of all its characters, it held up so many strings all at once and never dropped any of them.
It took me a while to get all the names of the characters right (I kept confusing Burlap and Bidlake, for example, and forgetting who Walter was), but their experiences and inner mo...more
Huxley has a readable style and mixes into the plot events,
and mystery while working in his point and counter points.
Though in this tale he has too many characters. I call this the poor man's,
or maybe I should say the "Reader's Digest" version of
'Dance to the Music of Time' (which I recently just finished).
The plot keeps one's interest but many of the ideas and happenings
are severely dated. This novel doesn't quite stand the test of time.
Probably selected for the Modern Library 100 because of hi...more
Along with with Brave New World (written a few years later), Point Counter Point is Huxley's most concentrated attack on the scientific attitude and its effect on modern culture.When it was published in 1928, Point Counter Point no doubt shocked its readers with frank depictions of infidelity, sexuality, and the highbrow high jinks of Aldous Huxley's arty characters. What's truly remarkable, however, is how his novel continues to shock today. True, we may hardly lift an eyebrow at poor Marjori
Or rather, it is a story of stories. Huxley portrays a handful of individuals living in London in the years following WWI, delving not only into their social lives but also into their personal psyches. This makes for a convoluted and dense narrative, but there is a common thread throughout: the tension between passion and intellect, reality and abstraction, instinct and reason in our lives.
I don't think Huxl...more
If there is one character in this book it's the intellectual life of England between the wars, and it is a villain. A potent and vic...more
Iată şi pasajul pe care l-am copiat atunci conştiincios şi calig...more
As with many of the books I've been reading lately, this one was much too long. And the tiny font size didn't help matters either.
Huxley introduces a large number of characters and sub-plots (though not as many as you might find in a nineteenth-century Russian novel, for instance), and some of them he abandons long before the reader is expecting it, thus leaving the reader with the awkward sensation that some of the stories were unf...more
The book consists of depictions of several characters in a fairly upper-crust social circle in London. There is no 'big event' or necessarily overarching plot in the book, but basically a series of vignettes portraying each character as...more