Search Results: "Anthony Burgess"


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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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ANY OLD IRON by Anthony Burgess
Released: Feb. 2, 1988

"Fine spinning—with the author's telltale skill for detail—linguistics, music, impeccable dialogue—again in top form."
In his first novel since Earthly Powers (1980), Burgess here returns with a vengeance in this rich and witty historical tale—a broad project spanning major events of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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THIS MAN AND MUSIC by Anthony Burgess
Released: Sept. 12, 1983

Veteran novelist Burgess is also a composer—he includes a surprisingly long list of music-works here—and these are "highly personal meditations" on music and literature, their contrasts and intersections. Read full book review >

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BEARD'S ROMAN WOMEN by Anthony Burgess
Released: Sept. 1, 1976

"It's been a clever performance but fades out quickly."
In A Clockwork Orange (1962), Burgess tried to chill us with the portrait of a culture that takes its values from the television set. Read full book review >

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EARTHLY POWERS by Anthony Burgess
Released: Dec. 1, 1980

"Despite all the issues and debates, then: an essentially skin-deep entertainment, chiefly for savvy Anglophiles and theologically inclined littÉrateurs, which—as Toomey says of his own work—takes unprofound material and manages 'to elevate it through wit, allusion and irony to something like art."
Much too, long and just as loosely assembled as his other recent novels, Burgess' latest black-comic variation on man's sin and God's cruel tricks does have, however, an engagingly grandiose design: the life of homosexual, lapsed-Catholic Kenneth Toomey—a popular, second-rate novelist/playwright whose dates (1890-1971) and connections embrace most of the sexual, artistic, and religious pressure points of the century's first half. Read full book review >

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KINGDOM OF THE WICKED by Anthony Burgess
Released: Sept. 23, 1985

"Repetition of central ideas and intercutting of Roman and Christian scenes technically pull the novel together, but, if learned, it's lifeless."
The Acts of the Apostles meets The Satyricon—with surprisingly leaden results. Read full book review >

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THE WANTING SEED by Anthony Burgess
Released: June 15, 1963

"His starting pace is fast and pointed, but this slows to a crawl when wit becomes predictable silliness and when his characters go from hungry flesh to cardboard."
London, far in the unwholesome future, has a totally-directed society where miscegenation has ruined Anglo-Saxon ways and features; where homosexuality is the official order-of-the-day and where insistent heterosexuals are kept to a low quota for reproduction. 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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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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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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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 >