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3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  258 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Paperback, 479 pages
Published 1982 by Penguin Books (first published 1963)
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Jim Schmaltz
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Nov 25, 2011 Waltznmatildah rated it liked it
Clever and tongue in cheek, "Enderby" was still difficult to get through. Though ultimately I was pleased with the book, it took me a few weeks to finish. Not much happens until he goes on the lamb, and even then it's mostly his thoughts that amuse as opposed to the actions he takes. Very slow going; definitely not one of my favorites from Burgess.
May 11, 2010 Jess rated it liked it
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Sep 17, 2016 Harry Casey-Woodward rated it really liked it
Rather funny, very entertaining and quite moving in places. A middle-aged poet tries to find his place in literature and the world while on honeymoons in Rome, contemplating suicide, going through therapy, going on the run, running a bar in Tangiers, lecturing about made-up Elizabethan poets in New York and defending art in the light of a scandalous film he's involved with on a chat-show. You wonder how much the author put of himself in these novels. He certainly asks a lot of questions ...more
Oct 28, 2012 Neale rated it really liked it
Mr Enderby, the lapsed and flatulent poet, is Anthony Burgess’s greatest comic creation. The early chapters of ‘Inside Mr Enderby’, in which he is introduced, are wonderful. But he is so great a creation that, once he leaves his less-than-splendid isolation and goes forth into the real world, the real world comes off rather badly. This makes perfect sense, of course. It’s Burgess’s point. But it means that the actual plots of the books in the series often seem a little thin and contrived – as ...more
Jake Fuchs
Nov 30, 2010 Jake Fuchs rated it really liked it
Enderby is very funny. It's not all fun and games, however, as there's quite a lot here about just what enables poets to write and what can deprive them of their gifts. Burgess brings this theme in dramatically by presenting several female characters as different versions of the Muse. There are four such characters, and only the last, who simply is the Muse w/o any mortal disguise,is a little difficult to accept. The others are fine, especially the sloppy, stupid one (based, I'd say, on ...more
John Waterworth
Jan 01, 2016 John Waterworth rated it really liked it
Re-reading the original Enderby trilogy, after an interval of about 20 years, I still find it very very funny. In fact it's probably the funniest book I have ever read, measuring amusement by the number of laughings out loud. And it's much more than funny. It's fantastically clever, endlessly surprising, and the use of language is a continuous treat. Burgess makes the point well that what matters in literature is not so much meaning as means - how it is done, not what it is literally saying.
Jul 13, 2010 Nick rated it liked it
Anthony Burgess created a legendary character in this novel. I enjoyed it and was relieved it turned out better than expected.
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Nov 21, 2010 Brent Legault rated it it was amazing
I think that Burgess was reaching for Joycean splendor when he wrote this novel and although he didn't achieve it, he did make up a world of wonderment all his own.
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I emancipated this book from the jury doody waiting room because I thought it belonged with me rather than with 'my peers'. I don't feel guilty either. Get it? Guilty? bahaha!
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Anthony Burgess was a British novelist, critic and composer. He was also a librettist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, travel writer, broadcaster, translator, linguist and educationalist. Born in Manchester, he lived for long periods in Southeast Asia, the USA and Mediterranean Europe as well as in Eng
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