Search Results: "Anthony Burgess"


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ANTHONY BURGESS by Roger Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 2004

"Trenchant and dogged, expunging the biographer of a 20-year anxiety of influence."
Loquacious portraitist Lewis (The Real Life of Laurence Olivier, 1997, etc.) leaves no stone unturned in his obsessive and hardly sympathetic life of the tortured author of A Clockwork Orange. Read full book review >

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Released: March 31, 1986

"Forgive him his obtuse remarks."
This collection of nearly 200 short reviews and literary pieces—probably necessarily uneven in quality given the publish-in-haste nature of his book reviewing—demonstrates Burgess' broad learning and also his habitual critical highhandedness. Read full book review >

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Released: March 21, 1983

"This book is very deep'), considerably less than meets the eye."
Here you have three fascinating stories bound together. Read full book review >

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MF by Anthony Burgess
Released: March 1, 1971

"Burgess does something comparable for his claque and other readers with Olympian patience."
The title initials stand first for the hero, Miles Faber, peculiarly orphaned and at twenty ripe for some rite of passage or other. Read full book review >

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NOTHING LIKE THE SUN by Anthony Burgess
Released: Sept. 21, 1964

"The novel's no classic but the writing's grand."
Who was the Dark Lady of the Sonnets? Read full book review >

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ANTHONY BEST by Davene Fahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A worthy topic but no more than a discussion starter, as it's too bland to make much of an impression on its own. (afterword, with URLs) (Picture book. 6-8)"
An earnestly lifeless infodump featuring a child with a spectrum disorder who occasionally misbehaves but, mirabile dictu, can play piano like a pro. Read full book review >

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BYRNE by Anthony Burgess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"This is a swan song like no other, and one of the most delightful books of the decade."
The prolific (over 50 books) and protean Burgess (1917-93), author of such amazingly varied fictions as Enderby (1967), Napoleon Symphony (1974), and A Dead Man in Deptford (1995), left this rambunctious "novel in verse" completed at his death. Read full book review >

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THE PIANOPLAYERS by Anthony Burgess
Released: Oct. 22, 1986

"All in all, mostly fine entertainment from an author who has put his passion and learning for music (This Man and Music, 1983) to devilishly good use."
From the prolific Burgess (The Kingdom of the Wicked, Enderby's Dark Lady, etc.) comes a rollicking, bawdy paean to (mainly) vaudeville life in English seaside towns of the late 20's. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 25, 1986

"A wise and witty autobiography, resplendidly entertaining and chock-full of the memorabilia of a typical life lived with atypical fervor: top-drawer Burgess."
In his Preface, Burgess claims that his two-volume autobiography (this being Volume I) will close his writing career. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 27, 1974

"Enderby has filled out and, like art by God, deserves to live."
Back in Enderby (1968) the hero was himself subjected to a psychic retooling much like Clockwork's Alex: Enderby Poet — turned Hogg and Barman — could only reconstitute himself as Hoggerby, last seen tending bar in Tangier. Read full book review >

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SHAKESPEARE by Anthony Burgess
Released: Oct. 14, 1970

With a little highly educated guesswork but no invention, with great humor and infinite admiration, the "nth" attempt to recreate the life and society from which the plays and poems stemmed, as well as to lend substance to the shadow of the man. Read full book review >