Synopses & Reviews
Aldous Huxley's lifelong concern with the dichotomy between passion and reason finds its fullest expression both thematically and formally in his masterpiece Point Counter Point. By presenting a vision of life in which diverse aspects of experience are observed simultaneously, Huxley characterizes the symptoms of "the disease of modern man" in the manner of a composer--themes and characters repeated, altered slightly, and played off one another in a tone that is at once critical and sympathetic. First published in 1928, Huxley's satiric view of intellectual life in the '20s is populated with characters based on such celebrities of the time as D. H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, Sir Oswald Mosley, Nancy Cunard, and John Middleton Murray, as well as Huxley himself. A major work of the 20th century and a monument of literary modernism, this edition includes an introduction by acclaimed novelist Nicholas Mosley (author of Hopeful Monsters and the son of Sir Oswald Mosley).
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.
"Out of colossal disillusion Huxley has made Point Counter Point the most scintillating, the most bitter and the most serious of his novels. It is a notable piece of work." Outlook
"The aim of this book is not idle amusement for the sophisticated, but a grasping of the intellectual Zeitgeist and a biting criticism of it." The New York Times
Point Counter Pointwas included in the Modern Library's list of the "100 Best Works of the Century." Along with Brave New World(written a few years later), Point Counter Pointis Huxley's most concentrated attack on the scientific attitude and its effect on modern culture. The novel is a satire of intellectual life in the 1920s, populated with characters based on such artists, politicians and intellectuals of the times as D. H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, Sir Oswald Mosley, Nancy Cunard, and John Middleton Murray, as well as Huxley himself.
One of Huxley's masterpieces--one of the Modern Library's "100 Best Works of the Century."
About the Author
Considered to be one of the most significant British writers of the twentieth century, Aldous Huxley is the author of a dozen novels, including Brave New World, Point Counter Point, Time Must Have a Stop, Antic Hay, Crome Yellow, and Those Barren Leaves. He also wrote over thirty volumes of poetry, short stories, and essays during his lifetime.