Download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ä Anthony BurgessFact is stranger than fiction Among self effacing or preening autobiographies that fill the book market this is a breath of fresh air Burgess is so candid that autobiographies that fill the book market this is a breath of fresh air Burgess is so candid that takes will to hear him out sometimes A eader is often curious about A Writer But This Account Makes favourite writer but this account makes desire some limits to that One wonders how curious should someone have to be to be very interested in elaborate accounts of his sex life his waxing poetic about Keatsian A Mother and Daughter Diary of Raw Food Recipes for Beginners ripening breasts and the women of the East with their different complexions and idiosyncratic ways his dallying with Chinese prostitutes and keeping Malay mistresses It is a distinctively masculine account of physical and cerebral passions The word occident also comes to mind but who is theeader to begrudge these strong and sometimes generous opinions so freely given Rather than preemptively branding these memories with the familiar charge of being oppressive objectifying and colonial after all his experiences are in a way non typical of the uling Westerner as eader I feel obliged to hear him out when he is being so determinedly frank It is as if by writing all this down he implies I have expressed myself in these words now do your worst to me A lesser writer perhaps would writing in the very contemporary 1987 feel the need to pick his words carefully and demonstrate sensitivity and Au bagne respect to Others but Burgess tells all and spares none To dismiss this memoir with a label is to disregard its entertainment value its own strange teemingiotous irreducible uality Malaya through his eyes is a tropical mess with predatory flora and fauna marked by heat and decay an ungovernable little foothold of Empire He is a paradoxical extension of that Empire and cultural ebel and linguisti. The first volume of the two volume autobiographyIn an extraordinarily candid book of confessions Anthony Burgess tells the story of a disaffected Manchest. ,
C adventurer baffled amused appreciative His experiences at various teaching colleges open up a first hand account of a world far varied and humorous than the history books of the egion will allow and those familiar will note many of these accounts make their way into his Malayan Trilogy thinly disguised as fictionThis book calls eaders to disregard sensitivities to laugh at dirty jokes in translation the name of the Trilogy s fictional state of Lanchap means smooth and slippery but also to masturbate to appreciate its author s love for music and image where these lieThere are some beautiful passages from sections of his early life when he talks about learning music about the difference between the musician and the composer curious his admission that and the Composer Curious His Admission That Cannot Play Perfectly But That Curious his admission that cannot play perfectly but that a composer it doesn t matter what is made manifest when he has it all on the page and in the imagination There is affection in these ecollections but also a touch of egret at things that could ve been done better gravity and levity compete He can be such a snob but only because he s a natural intellectual even at fourteen years old Happily eading Joyce teaching himself music experimenting as a comic artist magazine
*editor poet at *poet At among the modernists Burgess is very much out of fashion these days on the logical grounds that he was something of a serenely and mildly acist sexist homophobic imperialist of the cheerful and well meaning variety He comes across much stubbornly Catholic and conservative than his prodigious philandering would lead you to believe and has a few casually deplorable things to say about women and brown people Despite his obvious mental gifts he is freuently forced to fall back on pleas of laziness or persecution to. Er Catholic from his birth in 1917 up to 1959 and the commencement of his career as a professional writer He details his burgeoning awareness of his artis.