Search Results: "Anthony Burgess"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 20, 1993

"If the role of literature, as Burgess says, is to challenge the commonplace uses of words—to use language inventively and to exploit it aesthetically—then this remarkable book is a rare contribution to the literature of language: a love affair explained and shared."
Burgess has demonstrated his passion for language in his fiction, his essays and reviews, and his multivolumed autobiography (You've Had Your Time, 1991, etc.)—but now, at age 76, he explains it, sharing in this personable yet encyclopedic survey his intimate and extensive knowledge of the "miracle" of it. Read full book review >

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Released: May 10, 1967

This is Burgess' earlier Malayan trilogy, which includes Time for a Tiger, The Enemy in the Blanket and Beds in the East, Burgess' comic valedictory to colonialism, centering around the experiences of an Englishman in the Education Service. 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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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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Released: Feb. 1, 1971

"To go any further with Howard's photographic brain and sick mind would be another kind of betrayal — enjoy it for what it is — a right proper little fairy tale, a right improper little horror story, which altogether disarms."
Use both — this is apparently an entertainment Burgess wrote ten years ago under another name and who would suspect all that is going to happen after Howard Shirley with his photographic memory applies it to winning one thousand pounds on a TV quiz show and then to something short of a hundred thousand by summoning up the winners at the races. Read full book review >

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URGENT COPY by Anthony Burgess
Released: March 1, 1969

"In short, a pleasure to read and to ponder."
With rare exceptions, American critics give the impression of being Sisyphean laborers hauling their jazzy commendations or all too earnest pronouncements up the steep grammatical peaks of daily or weekly reviewing. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL'S MODE by Anthony Burgess
Released: Nov. 27, 1989

"For serious fans only."
Nine short stories from the English-born author of the Enderby series, Clockwork Orange, Any Old Iron, and numerous other milestones. Read full book review >

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A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess
Released: Jan. 8, 1962

"What happens to Alex is terrible but it is worse for the reader."
The previous books of this author (Devil of a State — 1962 — The Right to an Answer — 1961) had valid points of satire, some humor, and a contemporary view, but here the picture is all out—from a time in the future to an argot that makes such demands on the reader that no one could care less after the first two pages. 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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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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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 >