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Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
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Nov 17, 2009

really liked it
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Read in November, 2009

A satire of the 'Country House' novel popular in the inter-war period. This book is populated by characters willing to discourse at length about their ideas and interests. In some places these pre-figure Huxley's better known novel Brave New World. Examples of this include the babies grown in bottles and Mr Scogan's long discourse on how future society will be organised (Chapter 22):

"The men of intelligence must combine, must conspire, and seize power from the imbeciles and maniacs who now direct us. They must found the Rational State." [...:] "In the Rational State," he heard Mr. Scogan saying, "human beings will be separated out into distinct species, not according to the colour of their eyes or the shape of their skulls, but according to the qualities of their mind and temperament. Examining psychologists, trained to what would now seem an almost superhuman clairvoyance, will test each child that is born and assign it to its proper species. Duly labelled and docketed, the child will be given the education suitable to members of its species, and will be set, in adult life, to perform those functions which human beings of his variety are capable of performing."

This passage and its continuation is perhaps the most interesting in this respect and develops these concepts further and is well worth reading as a development of a Utopian society.

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