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Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess
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Sep 08, 11

it was amazing

this is a weightly novel that narrowly missed winning the Booker Prize. It incorporates a beautiful relationship between the narrator and another man, but this is only part of a much bigger story. The narrator is a little like somerset Maugham, but with Burgess's witty Joycean use of language. it also has just about the best opening line ever, even better than Rebecca: It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite wehn Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me.
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