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One Man's Chorus: The Uncollected Writings

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In these previously uncollected essays written over the past two decades by Anthony Burgess, the masterful English novelist and elegant stylist contemplates topics as various as oranges, Marilyn Monroe, Yiddish humor, dirty pictures, and the nature of God. His highlights include reflections upon literature and litterateurs, from such twentieth-century literary giants as ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published 1998)
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Oct 20, 2014 JOEY rated it it was amazing
Burgess' killer British acid wit is unique and provocative because he observed British culture as an émigré . . . his cosmopolitan, analytical, and simultaneously intuitive and edgy takes on then-current positions concerning classic and avant-garde literature, culture, and politics should reinforce his stature as an important 20th century mind, as his essays are, I think, as relevant if not moreso than they were decades ago because his observations have proven to be spot-on; those very mindsets ...more
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Mar 10, 2015 Tony Gualtieri rated it it was amazing
These brief essays on literature, music, and 20th century social history are delightful, like listening to an old man's monologues over a glass of whiskey. As that picture conjures up, they are opinionated, funny, wise, articulate, sometimes repetitive, and occasionally cringeworthy. Unlike such conversations, they never overstay their welcome and never cajole: perfect company for an evening or two.
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These essay are occasionally good (esp. about music), often stupid (whenever discussing politics), but interesting in so far as they offered an answer to why so many of the great writers are (were) fascists: high art is not a democratic institution. Perhaps its as simple as that.
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Nov 13, 2009 Nikki rated it really liked it
I love, love, love Anthony Burgess. What a creative mind and to see all of his short stories in one compilation is, well, awesome!!!
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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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