A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange Description:

A vicious fifteen year old droog is the central character of this classic whose stark terror was captured in Stanley Kubrick s magnificent film of the same title br br In Anthony Burgess s nightmare vision of the future where criminals take over after dark the story is told by the central character Alex who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends social pathology i A Clockwork Orange i is a frightening fable about good and evil and the meaning of human freedom When the state undertakes to reform Alex to redeem him the novel asks At what cost br br This edition includes the controversial last chapter not published in the first edition and Burgess s introduction A Clockwork Orange Resucked

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

The Wanting Seed

The Wanting Seed Description:

Tristram Foxe and his wife Beatrice Joanna live in their skyscraper world where official family limitation glorifies homosexuality Eventually their world is transformed into a chaos of cannibalistic dining clubs fantastic fertility rituals and wars without anger It is a novel both extravagantly funny and grimly serious

Rating: 3.62 out of 5

Earthly Powers

Earthly Powers Description:

Anthony Burgess author of i A Clockwork Orange i is regarded as one of the most original and daring writers in the English language His work is illuminated by a dazzling imagination by a gift for character and plot by a talent for surprise br br In i Earthly Powers i Burgess created his masterpiece At its center are two twentieth century men who represent different kinds of power Kenneth Toomey eminent novelist a man who has outlived his contemporaries to survive into honored bitter luxurious old age as a celebrity of dubious notoriety and Don Carlo Campanati a man of God eventually beloved Pope who rises through the Vatican as a shrewd manipulator to become the architect of church revolution and a candidate for sainthood br br Through the lives of these two modern men Burgess explores the very essence of power As each pursues his career one to sainthood one to wealthy exile their relationship becomes the heart of a narrative that incorporates almost everyone of fame and distinction in the social literary and political life of America and Europe This astonishing company is joined together by the art of a great novelist into an explosive and entertaining tour de force that will captivate fans of sweeping historic fiction

Rating: 3.60 out of 5

One Hand Clapping

One Hand Clapping Description:

Sometimes when I m at work and waiting for customers I think about the two of us living like kings and not bothering about the future Because there may not be any future to bother about you know Not for anybody one of these days And it s a wicked world br Average couple Janet and Howard s lives begin to unravel when Howard s photographic memory helps win him a gameshow fortune br Janet doesn t want their lives to change that much She s quite happy working at the supermarket cooking for her husband three times a day and watching quiz shows in the evening br But once Howard unleashes his photographic brain on the world the once modest used car salesman can t seem to stop br And what he sees as the logical conclusion to his success isn t something Janet can agree to

Rating: 3.35 out of 5

A Dead Man in Deptford

A Dead Man in Deptford Description:

With i A Dead Man in Deptford i Burgess concluded his literary career to overwhelming acclaim for his re creation of the Elizabethan poet Christopher Marlowe In lavish pitch perfect and supple readable prose Burgess matches his splendid Shakespeare novel Nothing Like the Sun The whole world of Elizabethan England from the intrigues of the courtroom through the violent streets of London to the glory of the theater comes alive in this joyous celebration of the life of Christopher Marlowe murdered in suspicious circumstances in a tavern brawl in Deptford more than four hundred years ago

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

The Doctor is Sick

The Doctor is Sick Description:

Dr Edwin Spindrift has been sent home from Burma with a brain tumor Closer to words than to people his sense of reality is further altered by his condition When he escapes from the hospital the night before his surgery things and people he hardly knew existed outside of his dictionaries swoop down on him as he careens through adventures in nighttime London

Rating: 3.56 out of 5


1985 Description:

In characteristically daring style Anthony Burgess combines two responses to Orwell s in one book The first is a sharp analysis through dialogues parodies and essays Burgess sheds new light on what he called an apocalyptic codex of our worst fears creating a critique that is literature in its own right Part two is Burgess own dystopic vision written in He skewers both the present and the future describing a state where industrial disputes and social unrest compete with overwhelming surveillance security concerns and the dominance of technology to make life a thing to be suffered rather than lived Together these two works form a unique guide to one of the twentieth century s most talented imaginative and prescient writers Several decades later Burgess most singular work still stands

Rating: 3.63 out of 5

The End of the World News

The End of the World News Description:

b The dying Freud hustled out of Vienna into exile br A Broadway musical on the subject of Trotsky in New York br The last throes of the planet Earth in AD br These are all items on br The End of the World News b br br Psychoanalysis international socialism and The End three themes three stories outrageously counterpointed into trinity in a novel stuffed with verbal pyrotechnics amazing sleights of fantasy and tantalizing jokes and which is crowned by a brilliant unexpected out of this world finale all written by one novelist at the height of his powers

Rating: 3.55 out of 5

Nothing Like the Sun

Nothing Like the Sun Description:

A magnificent bawdy telling of Shakespeare s love life following young Will s maturation into sex and writing A playful romp it is at the same time a serious look at the forces that midwife art the effects of time and place and the ordinariness that is found side by side with the extraordinariness of genius

Rating: 3.32 out of 5

The Long Day Wanes: A Malayan Trilogy

The Long Day Wanes: A Malayan Trilogy Description:

Set in postwar Malaya at the time when people and governments alike are bemused and dazzled by the turmoil of independence this three part novel is rich in hilarious comedy and razor sharp in observation The protagonist of the work is Victor Crabbe a teacher in a multiracial school in a squalid village who moves upward in position as he and his wife maintain a steady decadent progress backward

Rating: 3.68 out of 5