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Point Counter Point

by Huxley, Aldous

Condition: Good/No Jacket

Garden City , N.Y: Doubleday, Doran, 1938. Book. Good. Cloth. First Thus.. 432 pp in dark purple cloth. Stated first edition produced for Literary Guild of America. Loose, joint split at front and back, but covers still attached. Spine heavily sunned. Previous owner's attractive bookplate pasted on front end paper. Text clean. Small rubgbed spot on front lower right corner. A hodge podge of tangled romantic story lines, some based on Huxley's acquaintances, others on historical personages such as Baudelaire. Size: 8mo -- 8.25 in..

Aldous Huxley’s Point Counter Point, the author’s longest novel, is one of his more complex and serious satires. This story of 1920s intellectual life is inspired by classical music, employing a large cast of characters — each essentially representing various versions of imbalance — who are compared to instruments in an orchestra, each playing his separate portion of the larger piece. These characters are based on artists, politicians, and socialites of the time including D. H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, Sir Oswald Mosley, Nancy Cunard, and John Middleton Murray. (Philip Quarles, Huxley’s alter ego in the novel, acts as the reader’s guide, speculating upon the actions of the other characters.) The novel’s title, Point Counter Point, is a reference to the flow of arguments in a debate. And appropriately so, as opposed to having a single central plot, the novel has a number of interlinked storylines with recurring themes from different points of view. Point Counter Point is ranked 44th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. The novel was adapted into a BBC mini-series by Simon Raven in 1968, starring Tristram Jellinek. It was later broadcast on PBS television in 1972. Read more: Identifying first editions of Point Counter Point


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