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I read novels primarily for entertainment. As Orwell once argued you get a lot of value for money.

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But, and this probably marks me as unsophisticated, I also read them for their instruction in the art of living, that is, in wisdom. By the 'art of living,' I do not mean to suggest that novels are sophisticated self-help books although Alain de Botton is not wrong to insist they are sometimes this, too , but rather that I see them as sources of insight about ahh anything. I do so because professional philosophy largely and steadfastly lost interest wisdom. So, for me novels are a means to help perfect my imperfect philosophy.

Some of my these Impressions are a partial diary of my engagement with this project. The previous, paragraph is a kind of apologia for what follows which is an attempt at explaining why, despite its historical significance, I find Aldous Huxley's Crome Yellow un-instructive. I read the book in a Vintage Classics edition that includes a preface by Malcolm Bradbury, who with the publisher also insists that is "one of the modern classics. Unlike some, who treat the book simply as satire, Bradbury is more careful and claims that it is a "comic novel of ideas" and can "go on being read with complete delight and pleasure.

For, the book lacks, despite its invocation of Swift at the start of the novel , say, the "disgust, rancour and pessimism" and anger that as Orwell correctly notes animates Gulliver's Travel s. The main character is Denis Stone a published poet, who visits a great house one Summer shortly after World War I so or He is interested in Anne. When we meet him he suffers a writer's block while working on a novel and, perhaps this is connected, he admits to a kind of nihilist lack of faith in anything including his own art.

For faith keeps dullness at bay and transforms each event into something meaningful. Early on the reader and Denis learns that th e would-be-plot of his projected novel -- which is loosely based on his own misguided understanding of himself -- is completely predictable. While he may lack self-knowledge, Denis has enough sense of shame to blush. Shortly thereafter his lack of originality is revealed which a scene later he takes to be central to art , when he acknowledges that "t hings somehow seem more real and vivid when one can apply somebody else's ready-made phrase about then.

He goes on to suggest in a much quoted passage :. One entered the world [ One had a philosophy and tried to make life fit into it. One should have lived first and then made one's philosophy to fit life Life, facts, things were horribly complicated; ideas, even the most difficult of them, deceptively simple. In the world of ideas everything was clear; in life all was obscure, embroiled.

Even if one were to grant the truth of these thoughts and ignore the false, even fatal opposition between life and ideas , there is no sign that he is willing to struggle free from education's effects.


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I could go on and on pointing out the contradictions and cliches in this timid poet's outlook. None of these, of course, prevent him from being a potentially sympathetic character.

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But while his shy, longings are familiar enough sources of sympathetic identification, he is revealed as an empty shell, a self-described lover of "words" and not "things and ideas and people ' in two revealing episodes. First, Denis's inability to act, even when offered a proper exemplar, is revealed in an extended set-piece in chapter XIX.

The estate's pater familias , Henry Wimbush, has been working on a history of the family from which he reads to the gathered guests and family in the evenings.

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One night he tells the story of his not-so-aristocratic grandfather who won the hand of one of the aristocratic, lovely Lapiths, with a mixture of curiosity and not entirely moral, spirit. Denis is incapable of taking a hint. Second, and in many ways this is the climax of the novel chapter XXIV , Denis discovers he is not "his own severest critic" when he reads Jenny's red notebook full of drawings.

Wouldn't that be something!! That's what I was hoping! I would really love a Downton Abbey sequel, when all the children have grown up and it's wartime. I wonder if the folks at Highclere Castle would be up for it, they must have made a ton of money off DA and all the tourists visiting. Lawrence et al. That makes sense if they are parodies of real people.

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I don't know much about that period so maybe that's why I didn't appreciate it all that much. I still haven't read much Lawrence, just Lady Chatterley which I actually quite liked. A couple of years ago I found this Vintage paperback while shopping at Shakespeare and Company. In the introduction it mentioned how much she'd loved this book. So, I thought this might be a little like reading a Barbara Pym book set in Downton Abbey, but most likely with fewer vicars and less mentions of cauliflower cheese.

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Published in , it is the story of a Bright Young Thing named Denis Stone, who has been invited to spend some time over the summer at a country house called Crome, owned by the delightfully eccentric Wimbush family. Denis is smitten with the owner's daughter Anne, and spends his time struggling to woo her and write more poetry. The house is filled with various other guests, including historians, artists, and philosophers. The novella has a meandering pace in which not much happens except for witty asides, snark, and long tangents which includes sermons, and the back story of the family who owned the Crome estate.

Here is one of my favorite examples:. As reading becomes more and more habitual and widespread, an ever-increasing number of people will discover that books will give them all the pleasures of social life and none of its intolerable tedium. At present people in search of pleasure naturally tend to congregate in large herds and to make a noise; in future, their natural tendency will be to seek solitude and quiet.

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