Sunday, August 21, 2011

Point Counterpoint

In his longest novel Point Counterpoint, writer Aldous Huxley tries to peek into human psyche. It is a novel without any central plot and contains several entangled subplots that details the thoughts and actions of characters from varied strata of humanity.

Thoughts and actions or more precisely the differences and inconsistencies between them, makes a major theme of the novel. Lot of pages are devoted for long discussions between different characters, who end up baring their emotional self to the reader. Though the setting is 1920's Britain, the novel is equally relevant now because of the universality of the theme.

Moral and emotional weakness of the main characters carry the story forward. Strained marriages, infidel husbands, wives with secret lovers, confused idealists, writers, painters, journalists, secretaries, murderers, bad bosses... It is a colorful procession of characters that makes Point Counterpoint worth reading.

13 comments:

  1. Perfect Brain meddler.. by your description. :)

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  2. Hm.. Its a bit confusing, but situations are quite humorous.

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  3. surely a classic kind of writing..but i don't know, how much interesting it would be..

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  4. Great description - short but yet detailed.

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  5. @tomz: hm.. It is a bit tedius but worth the trouble.

    @A: thanks for the visit. Try the book, it may turn out interesting.

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  6. Added it to my list. Gonna order it.

    Thank you

    Kunal

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  7. @kunal: thanks for the visit and enjoy reading...

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  8. I am amazed by the amount of reading you do....

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  9. @alka: the regret is that still there are more books left.

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  10. I've read Huxley's Brave New World, and that was really good. I'll try this one as well sometime. Thanks for recommending!

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  11. @tanya: i read Brave new world last week. Its a great work. Will try to post on it soon.. Will try to post on it soon.

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  12. What a collection of book reviews you have!

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  13. @anupama: thanks for the visit..

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