THE HORSE'S MOUTH by Joyce Cary

THE HORSE'S MOUTH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another appearance, by the author of The Moonlight, Herself Surprised and To Be A Pilgrim, of the irascible artist, Mr. Gulley Jimson, who is at once an egotist, an imp, a genius, a lascivious old man, a mystic and a kind of Joycian character touring the pubs. Fresh out of jail, Gulley toddles along his chosen, twisted paths in quest of money, lodging, friends and ideas to fill his canvases. Bulbous, female Sara Monday turns up again, alternately crossing and titillating Gulley. Nosey, an anxious adolescent artist, pants down Gulley's neck in search of Art. Coker, a not-to-be deterred barmaid takes over Gulley's studio and together they mend the roof with one of his paintings. Two rich patrons of the arts taking a liking to Gulley and his works, go off on a vacation, and Gulley and a sculptor friend live in marble-halled splendor for a bit... Excellent, spirited writing, this very much alive account of Gulley Jimson has depth and humor and intelligence- but is not everyone's dish of tea.

Publisher: Harper