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You've Had Your Time: Second Part of the Confessions

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The second volume of the two-volume autobiography.

The narrative begins in 1959, with the author’s return from Brunei and the start of a professional writing career and ends in 1982 with the centenary celebrations of James Joyce’s birth, which prompt the author to certain conclusions about the relationship between literature and life. Rarely, if ever, has a writer exposed h
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Hardcover, 403 pages
Published March 25th 1991 by Grove Press (first published 1990)
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Mark
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most illuminating and honest pieces of self-examination I've ever read. I'm just into it but utterly entranced. I picked this book off my bookshelf on a whim and read deep into the night. I'm convinced of his brilliance and will read far deeper into his output than I already have (two novels). The guy was a workhorse and a lover of language and, faced with a death sentence, a terribly productive author.
J. Walker
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Anthony Burgess, during his lifetime, was the best living writer in the English language, and his two-volume autobiography is every bit as readable and enjoyable as any of his considerable fiction, from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE to EARTHLY POWERS.

I did not read the second volume through to the very end, but I know it came November 25, 1993, because the New York Times obituary is clipped and inserted in the frontspiece of the book.
Ryan Williams
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best book about being a writer and staying one come hell or high water. It is also scabrously funny.
Thom
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The second part of his "Confessions" is perhaps not quite as entertaining as the first part, but Burgess left a high benchmark.

At times possessed of critical insights (almost genius at times), fantastic (and frequently hilarious) streams of consciousness prose and plenty of laugh out loud moments, this memoir is of a decent length yet pacey.

Burgess lived a fascinating and eclectic life. Reading this autobiography is a must for Burgess fans, or those interested in his work.
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Tried to get into it...just wasn't happening.
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No doubt insufferable in person, the great polymath was also a great comic writer.
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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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