Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

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In Earthly Powers Burgess created his masterpiece. At its center are two twentieth-century men who represent different kinds of power—Kenneth Toomey, a past-his-prime author of mediocre fiction, a man who has outlived his contemporaries to survive into, bitter, luxurious old age, living in self-exile on Malta; and Don Carlo Campanati, a man of God, eventually of church revolution and a candidate for sainthood beloved Pope, who rises through the Vatican as a shrewd manipulator to become the architect.
Through the lives of these two modern men Burgess explores the very essence of power in a narrative that spans from Hollywood, to Dublin, Nairobi, Paris, and beyond.

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Anthony Burgess was an English author, poet, playwright, composer, linguist, translator, and critic, best known for his dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange. In 2008, The Times placed Burgess number seventeen on their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.”
Published January 15, 2013 by Europa. 656 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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Still, Toomey is an ideal Burgess narrator--bitchy, erudite, wordplaying--and his involvements with America, academia, opera, musicals, and literature (boozy Joyce, smelly Forster, Havelock Ellis, Kipling, a censorship trial in which Toomey finally comes out of the closet), inspire slashing put-d...

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London Review of Books

Milder in that Sinatra’s yawn is totally frank, Farrah Fawcett jogs unexceptionably, Dirk Bogarde searches the newspaper racks like a serious-minded reader, Prince Philip enjoys his pint, the Queen Mother in the wind is a pleasing figure, Marlene Dietrich has aged pretty well, Romy Schneider’s bu...

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Channel 4′s lavish production of William Boyd’s Any Human Heart may have tempted you to buy the novel, though I would question why: it seemed to me to consist of just one damn thing after another, the pace being kept chugging along by a death every ten minutes or so.

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