0007 | Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley

I read this in 69 daily installments care of dailylit.com – a wonderful idea of a website.

REVIEW:
Huxley had a masterful vocabulary and he uses it to full effect to construct Crome and its array of eccentric characters. The interaction between them is also cleverly crafted and throughout there’s a great sense of irony. The novel was a joy to read from start to finish.

OPENING LINE:
Along this particular stretch of line no express had ever passed.

QUOTES:
He took no one by surprise: there was no one to take.
A flush of pleasure turned Mary’s face into a harvest moon.
“It sounds lovely,” said Anne. “The distant future always does.”
One comes to the great masterpieces of the past, expecting some miraculous illumination, and one finds, on opening them, only darkness and dust and a faint smell of decay.

LEXIS:
dipsomaniac: a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually
scurf: dandruff – dead skin
chiaroscuro: Italian for “light-dark.” The gradations of light and dark values in two-dimensional imagery; especially the illusion of rounded, three-dimensional form created through gradations of light and shade rather than line. Highly developed by Renaissance painters.
peripatetic: In the Greek, the word “peripatetic” means “walking with.” This was the method of teaching that Aristotle used – ie, “walking with” his students in the gardens as he taught them and they questioned him. Hence, the term “peripatetic” is used to describe the followers of Aristotle.
muniment: Documentary evidence by which one can defend a title to property or a claim to rights.
scutcheon: finger plate: a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers or a shield; especially one displaying a coat of arms
lusus naturae freak: a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed
ratiocination: the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning
plenum: empty chamber in the path of airflow allowing smooth air transition.
supererogatory: excess: more than is needed, desired, or required
preternatural: Diverging from or exceeding the common order of nature, but are not outside the natural order as distinguished from the supernatural.A close fitting, brimless hat
toque: A close fitting, brimless hat
quotidian: everyday: found in the ordinary course of events

CLOSING LINE:
He climbed into the hearse.

RATING:
terrible > poor > mediocre > okay > good > very good > excellent > superb

FINISHED:
2007 – Feb

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