Crome Yellow

By Aldous Huxley
Read by Robert Whitfield

5.93 Hours 08/01/1998 unabridged
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One of the greatest prose writers and social commentators of the twentieth century, Aldous Huxley here introduces us to a delightfully cynical, comic, and severe group of artists and intellectuals engaged in the most freethinking and modern kind of talk imaginable. Poetry, occultism, ancestral history, and Italian primitive painting are just a few of the subjects competing for discussion among the amiable cast of eccentrics drawn together at Crome, an intensely English country manor. When the quirky group has gathered for the house party, Henry Wimbush, the owner and self-appointed historian of the estate, relates Crome’s history; apocalypse is prophesied, and a young, sensitive poet suffers from unrequited love. This stunning satire of the fads and fashions of the time is not to be missed.

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Summary

Summary

One of the greatest prose writers and social commentators of the twentieth century, Aldous Huxley here introduces us to a delightfully cynical, comic, and severe group of artists and intellectuals engaged in the most freethinking and modern kind of talk imaginable. Poetry, occultism, ancestral history, and Italian primitive painting are just a few of the subjects competing for discussion among the amiable cast of eccentrics drawn together at Crome, an intensely English country manor.

When the quirky group has gathered for the house party, Henry Wimbush, the owner and self-appointed historian of the estate, relates Crome’s history; apocalypse is prophesied, and a young, sensitive poet suffers from unrequited love. This stunning satire of the fads and fashions of the time is not to be missed.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Crome Yellow—Huxley’s first novel—is famous for its technique, ideas, and acute psychological descriptions. As such, it ranks alongside Antic Hay, Eyeless in Gaza, and Point Counter Point.” Times (London)
“Not only is it intrinsically amusing and ingenious...the book is a completely accurate piece of observation.” Spectator
“The merit of (Huxley’s) comedy is that it becomes always more amusing as it grows.” Times Literary Supplement
“What Mr. Huxley has...is a literary skill which only sound learning coupled with ripe talent could produce.” Nation
“Fine satirical writing. Crome Yellow is determinedly eccentric and unflaggingly delightful.” Bookman
“Robert Whitfield [a.k.a Simon Vance]’s unabridged reading of Huxley’s first novel is a triumph of one man’s vocal capacities…Whitfield’s vocal acrobatics in portraying the cast of characters…makes for dazzling aural entertainment. Otherwise fatuous goings-on become intriguing shenanigans, and the characters’ psychological portraits are rendered accurately through the unique voices Whitfield assigns them. With each change of the five cassettes, the listener is more captivated.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Aldous Huxley

Aldous Leonard Huxley (1894–1963) was an English poet, novelist, dramatist, essayist, and humanist philosopher. He attended Eton and Oxford and briefly taught at Eton before devoting himself solely to writing. His fifth novel, Brave New World, is one of the most read books in literary history.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 5.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English