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Nothing Like the Sun by Anthony Burgess

We all know or think we know something about William Shakespeare: everyone knows the titles of at least a couple of his works, everyone knows some basic biographical facts about him, and everyone knows his portrait which is featured not only on the cover of Burgess’ novel but also in probably every single high school textbook of literature. 680 more words


One Hand Clapping by Anthony Burgess

One Hand Clapping is one of those novels I can re-read any number of times. It’s not one of my all-time favorites, it’s not one of those books which changed my personality or shaped my world-view, and I wouldn’t say that it’s a flawless, inimitable, fascinating, carefully plotted and executed masterpiece – but the character of the novel’s narrator and her mindless, casually ignorant, schoolgirlish story-telling style continues to grip my attention and always makes me gasp in wonder whenever I re-read the book. 651 more words


Beard's Roman Women by Anthony Burgess

In the Anthony Burgess novel Beard’s Roman Women, when writer Beard’s wife of twenty-six years dies of cirrhosis of the liver, he’s at a loss to know quite what to do with the rest of life. 614 more words


Reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

I first read Anthony Burgess’s novel, A Clockwork Orange at the age of thirteen.

Thirteen is probably a really good age at which to read… 233 more words

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