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A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess
0393312836
June 1995
Paperback
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William S. Burroughs
I do not know of any other writer who has done as much with language as Mr. Burgess has done here-the fact that this is also a very funny book may pass unnoticed.

Book Description
"Anthony Burgess reads chapters of his novel A Clockwork Orange with hair-raising drive and energy. Although it is a fantasy set in an Orwellian future, this is anything but a bedtime story." -The New York TimesTold by the central character, Alex, this brilliant, hilarious, and disturbing novel creates an alarming futuristic vision of violence, high technology, and authoritarianism. Anthony Burgess' 1963 classic stands alongside Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World as a classic of twentieth century post-industrial alienation, often shocking us into a thoughtful exploration of the meaning of...


The Gormenghast Novels: Titus Groan, Gormenghast, Titus Alone
Mervyn Peake
0879516283
January 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Mervyn Peake's gothic masterpiece, the Gormenghast trilogy, begins with the superlative Titus Groan, a darkly humorous, stunningly complex tale of the first two years in the life of the heir to an ancient, rambling castle. The trilogy continues with the novels Gormenghast and Titus Alone, and all three books are bound together in this single-volume edition.

The Gormenghast royal family, the castle's decidedly eccentric staff, and the peasant artisans living around the dreary, crumbling structure make up the cast of characters in these engrossing stories. Peake's command of language and unique style set the tone and shape of an intricate, slow-moving world of ritual and stasis:

"The walls of the vast room which were streaming with calid moisture, were built with gray slabs of stone and were the personal concern of a...



D. H. Lawrence and Italy
Anthony Burgess
0141180307
July 1997
Paperback
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A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess
0808581945
July 2002
Hardcover
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William S. Burroughs
I do not know of any other writer who has done as much with language as Mr. Burgess has done here-the fact that this is also a very funny book may pass unnoticed. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
"Anthony Burgess reads chapters of his novel A Clockwork Orange with hair-raising drive and energy. Although it is a fantasy set in an Orwellian future, this is anything but a bedtime story." -The New York TimesTold by the central character, Alex, this brilliant, hilarious, and disturbing novel creates an alarming futuristic vision of violence, high technology, and authoritarianism. Anthony Burgess' 1963 classic stands alongside Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World as a classic of twentieth century post-industrial alienation, often...


The Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard
J. G. Ballard
0312278446
July 2001
Paperback
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Review
"A visionary in both style and substance . . .The literary equivalent of Salvador Dali or Max Ernst."—The Washington Post Book World

"A writer of enormous inventive powers. Ballard has, like Calvino, a remarkable gift for filling the empty, deprived spaces of modern life with the invisible cities and the wonder worlds of the imagination."—Malcolm Bradbury, The New York Times Book Review

"Complex, obsessive, frequently poetic, and always disquieting chronicles of nature rebelling against humans, of the survival of barbarism in a world of mechanical efficieny, of entropy, anomie, breakdown, ruin . . . The blasted landscapes that his characters inhabit are both external settings and states of mind."—Luc Sante


Nightlife
Rob Thurman
0451460758
March 2006
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
In New York, there's a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. Of course, most humans are oblivious to this, but Cal Leandros is only half-human. His father's dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares-and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal.

He and his half-brother Niko have managed to stay a step ahead for three years, but now Cal's dad has found them again. And Cal is about to learn why they want him, why they've always wanted him...for he is


At Swim-Two-Birds
Flann O'Brien
156478181X
July 1998
Paperback
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Book Review Reviews
In a 1938 letter to a literary agent, Flann O'Brien described his first novel as "a very queer affair, unbearably queer perhaps." The book in question was At Swim-Two-Birds--and if we take queer to mean diabolically eccentric, then truer words were never spoken. The author, whose real name was Brian O'Nolan, had successfully stirred Gaelic legend, pulp fiction, and grimy Dublin realism into a hilarious cocktail. His mastery of modernist collage would have been an ample accomplishment itself. But O'Brien was also blessed with the writer's equivalent of perfect pitch, and in At Swim-Two-Birds he squeezes the maximum beauty and banality out of the English language. All he lacks is a tragic register, but he makes up for this deficit with a sense of comedy so acute that even James Joyce couldn't resist blurbing his...


Tremor of Intent
Anthony Burgess
0393004163
July 2004
Paperback
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New Republic
Has more wit and comic invention than the books which it so boisterously ridicules.

Book Description
From the author of A Clockwork Orange, a brilliantly funny spy novel.


Novels, 1967-1972
Philip Roth
1931082804
August 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
For the last half century, the novels of Philip Roth have re-energized American fiction and redefined its possibilities. Roth's comic genius, his imaginative daring, his courage in exploring uncomfortable truths, and his assaults on political, cultural, and sexual orthodoxies have made him one of the essential writers of our time. By special arrangement with the author, The Library of America now inaugurates the definitive edition of Roth's collected works. This second volume presents four extraordinarily diverse works displaying the range and originality of his fictional art.

When She Was Good (1967) is the trenchant portrait of Lucy Nelson, a young midwestern woman whose perception of her own suffering turns her into a ferocious force, "enemy-ridden and unforgivingly defiant," as Roth would later...


Re Joyce
Anthony Burgess
0393004457
Jan 1968
Paperback
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Philip Toynbee, The Observer
A brilliant and humane study of the most brilliant and humane of the twentieth-century novelists.

Saturday Review
Recognizing the coming and cosmic in Joyce, [Burgess] proceeds with his self-imposed task of unraveling meaning by scrutinizing the layers of a mind that was encyclopedic in dimension. . . . He has defined the perimeter of Joyce's adventure in both Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake. . . . It took Burgess to place Joyce's satire in its proper orbit.

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Anthony Burgess: A Biography
Roger Lewis
0312322518
February 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Lewis, who has chronicled the lives of Peter Sellers and Laurence Olivier, eschews the traditional chronological narrative for a highly stylized, psychodynamic reading of his subjects and their creative work. As it turns out, Anthony Burgess (1917-1994) is ripe for this sort of treatment. Best known for his novel A Clockwork Orange, Burgess was extremely prolific but generally regarded as a great writer who never wrote a great book. Instead, he spread his talents thin (the author of scores of books, he was also a composer, translator and critic) and actively cultivated the myth of his own genius. By this account bombastic, egotistical and sexually eccentric, he responded to even the most profound tragedies of his life with a characteristic intellectual remove and what Lewis terms a "robotic" love of words. Lewis...


The Long Day Wanes
Anthony Burgess
0393309436
Feb 1993
Paperback
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Anthony Burgess: A Bibiliography
Jeutonne P. Brewer
081081286X
May 1980
Library Binding
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Silent Depression
Wallace C. Peterson
0393312828
Apr 1995
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Peterson, economist and author of Transfer Spending, Taxes, and the American Welfare State , posits that America has been in the bitter grasp of an unrelenting, silent "depression" since 1973. This economic metamorphosis, a "serious and long-lasting deterioration in the basic economic fortunes for large numbers of American families," triggered pronounced increases in poverty and deindustrialization and a sustained erosion of the American dream. Peterson's observations on the loss of manufacturing jobs, poverty, education, the infrastructure and the emergence of ever greater economic inequalities are perceptive. "Far-reaching changes in the structure of the economy--changes that are both a cause and a consequence of the silent depression--have sharpened the difference between classes in America." This exemplary...


Creation
Gore Vidal
0375727051
August 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
In 445 B.C., Cyrus Spitama, the grandson of the prophet Zoroaster, is the Persian ambassador to the city of Athens. He has a rather caustic appreciation of his situation: "I am blind. But I am not deaf. Because of the incompleteness of my misfortune, I was obliged yesterday to listen for nearly six hours to a self-styled historian whose account of what the Athenians like to call 'the Persian Wars' was nonsense of a sort that were I less old and more privileged, I would have risen to my seat at the Odeon and scandalized all Athens by answering him." Having thus dismissed Herodotus, Cyrus then dictates his life story to his nephew, Democritus, with similar disdain for the Greeks--whom we in the modern world have come to view as the progenitors of civilization, but whom Cyrus considers to be bad-smelling rabble.

Of course,...



Cyrano de Bergerac
Edmund Rostand
1557832307
January 1998
Textbook Paperback
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From Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-In this adaptation of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, the St. Charles Players, utilizing background music and clear voices, successfully bring Cyrano's story to listeners. The moods of the characters are clearly portrayed through the variation of the actors' voices. Students will easily follow the tale about a man in love with an extraordinarily beautiful woman, Roxanne. Because of his appearance, Cyrano refuses to tell Roxanne of his love and, instead, helps Christian profess his feelings for her. Even after Christian dies in battle, Cyrano can't proclaim his love for Roxanne. The actors' voices are clear, the aural quality is excellent, and background sounds and music carry along the action. Students will enjoy listening to this classic story of love and loss.Shelley Chick-Gravel, Abbot Public...


Honey for the Bears
Anthony Burgess
0393314413
May 1996
Paperback
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