Aldous Leonard Huxley - was an English writer, novelist, philosopher, and prominent member of the Huxley family.
What's truly remarkable, however, is how his novel continues to shock today. True, we may hardly lift an eyebrow at poor Marjorie Carling leaving her husband to live in sin with--and get pregnant by--her lover Walter Bidlake. And the sexual exploits of Lady Edward Tantamount or her daughter, Lucy, seem quite in keeping with the behavior expected of such exalted persons by readers inured to the exploits of the British Royals.
If the varieties of sexual experience on display in Huxley's novel seem tame by current standards, his clear-eyed dissection of the motives behind them are thrillingly fresh--and his commentaries on everything from politics to ecology sometimes chillingly prescient.
Take for example, the wisdom of amateur biologist Lord Edward Tantamount on the subject of non-renewable resources: But what'll you do when the deposits are exhausted? Only two hundred years and they'll be finished.
You think we're being progressive because we're living on our capital Phosphates, coal, petroleum, nitre--squander them all. And meanwhile you go round trying to make our flesh creep with talk about revolutions. There is also the venomous Maurice Spandrell, the revolutionary Illidge, the unctuous Burlap, and the happily married a rarity in this novel Mark and Mary Rampion, who are the book's moral center--theirs is the one relationship that combines reason and passion in proper measure.
They are purportedly in part based on well-known figures of the time such as D. Lawrence and Katherine Mansfield. Love, loss, infidelity, and murder are the subjects under discussion as Huxley juxtaposes one point of view against its opposite, and mixes in a healthy dollop of science, politics, religion, and art, as well.
Point Counter Point is an intelligent novel about the intellectual world, and one that bears up gracefully under the test of time.The third person omniscient point of view in Brave New World is important because it helps Huxley create a juxtaposition, or contrast, between characters.
By peering into the thoughts, feelings. Collected Essays, Aldous Huxley - Preface “I am a man and alive,” wrote D.
H. Lawrence. “For this reason I am a novelist. And, being a novelist, I consider myself superior to . Free download or read online Point Counter Point pdf (ePUB) book.
The first edition of this novel was published in , and was written by Aldous Huxley. The book was published in multiple languages including English language, consists of pages and is available in Paperback format/5(K). That is a brief, if incomplete, summary of Aldous Huxley's novel, Point Counter Point.
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/5. Jerome Meckier.
Professor of English at the University of Kentucky, Jerome Meckier is the author of Aldous Huxley: Satire and Structure and the editor of Critical Essays of Aldous urbanagricultureinitiative.com essays on Waugh have appeared in the Georgia Review, Contemporary Literature, Novel, Twentieth Century Literature, Review, and Studies in the Novel.
Along 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. "About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.