Search Results: "Anthony Burgess"


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THE DOCTOR IS SICK by Anthony Burgess
Released: April 25, 1966

"A stack of mad climaxes, all wonderfully operative."
A cinematic British comedy in which Thurber-Man is pitted against London riff-raff, this doesn't give the full range of Burgess' Promethean verbal with but it is hilarious. Read full book review >

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A DEAD MAN IN DEPTFORD by Anthony Burgess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"A fitting final tribute from one great English writer to the genius of another."
In a daring romp through history, theology, sex, language, and espionage, the late Burgess (A Mouthful of Air, 1993, etc.) contrives a disarmingly realistic literary thriller with an unlikely sybarite as its hero. Read full book review >

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1985 by Anthony Burgess
Released: Oct. 1, 1978

"Libertarian in outlook, cartoony in shape, this novella has the charm of curiosity; but as with so much Burgess, it gets snagged in the groove of its cleverest idea and really succeeds only as an attractively trivial literary-boutique item."
An essay on Orwell's novel 1984; then Burgess' own stab—in the form of a novella—at adjusting the prophecy in Orwell's book to more likely scenarios. 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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MAN OF NAZARETH by Anthony Burgess
Released: April 8, 1979

"Make of this what you will theologically—call it liberal Protestant or radical Catholic—but Burgess deserves A for effort in an impossible assignment."
Re-telling the story of Jesus is like re-inventing the wheel—it's Been Done, leaving a novelist merely the option of new alignments. 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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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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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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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 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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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 >