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BOOK REVIEW

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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Released: Nov. 29, 1967

"A list of writers and their works appears at the end of each chapter (and admittedly has already dated this)—the comment, as such, is usually charitable; the book is to be appraised within its self-declared intentions and limitations."
Burgess has qualified his "Student's Guide to Contemporary Fiction" so modestly and variously in his introduction that one hesitates to further question its utility. Read full book review >

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DEVIL OF A STATE by Anthony Burgess
Released: Jan. 9, 1961

"Life in the colonies in a jaundiced light, this lacks the direct focus of the earlier book."
This, as did its predecessor The Right to an Answer (published at the beginning of this year) has a sardonic approach to its story — that of Lydgate, a much married Passport Officer in the little African caliphate of Dunia, who suffers much and often when his past catches up with him. Read full book review >

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NAPOLEON SYMPHONY by Anthony Burgess
Released: May 1, 1974

"Helena, a terrific film unfolding in burgundy-tinted filters, out of the typewriter endlessly spooling, dead from excess, may Ludwig van forgive."
Burgess (Clockwork Orange) strives windily for a weave of story and music into one mock heroic comic wordblast suggesting a novel in cloudborne movements like Beethoven's Eroica, sometimes hurtling, sometimes at funeral pace, but giving the reader a historical framework fluted with streamers of language, all stops pulled out on free association, words whirling like Finnegan Wake or spelled backwards, sentences and whole passages in echoing repeats from one movement to the next, long passages in rhymed couplets, an overrich rainbow prose layered like petits fours, all bravura, all egoism, a posturing Promethean spew of supreme self-indulgence, a whole palaceful of Empire furniture crushed into a fruitcube like a Cadillac in a junkyard compactor, raisined with vaginal vulgarities, richly obscene foot soldiers as chorus to scenes plunged into without warning, a wagon bearing Napoleon's thinking corpse, Italy, Egypt, Paris, Elba, St. 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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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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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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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 >

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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 >