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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:46 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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and I'd live to see them collected into one volume.


Is that you'd live or you'd like?? (A genuine question)

Considering what tosh is collected into volumes i.e. all the weekly journalists' columns that the papers try and sell at the year end for stocking-fillers. If they were fluff at the time, how much more irrelevant when read later? But I must have read Burgess's reviews and would like to look at them again. He was also a regular TV pundit, too, with that familiar comb-over, appalling teeth even by contemporary standards  - and the twirl of cigarette smoke rising, in the days when that was de rigeur on the intellectual  comment shows.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Burgess wrote a book surveying what he claimed were the 99 best* novels since 1939 (published in the mid 1980s). I'm sure this is the source of much of the dustjacket puff.

*Qualified by the subtitle: "a personal choice"


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a good book too - well worth browsing if you're ever short of reading ideas. I can't remember the provenance of the little (mostly page-long) articles, but I suspect some of them started out as book reviews in newspapers.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Green Jay wrote:
TheRejectAmidHair wrote:
and I'd live to see them collected into one volume.


Is that you'd live or you'd like?? (A genuine question)


I'd intended a "k" rather than a "v", but given (or giken) how far apart they are on the keyboard, I can only assume my Freudian slip was showing yet again.



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chibiabos83 wrote:
It's a good book too - well worth browsing if you're ever short of reading ideas. I can't remember the provenance of the little (mostly page-long) articles, but I suspect some of them started out as book reviews in newspapers.


It was Burgess' response to some list that came out (back in those days when lists weren't so ubiquitous) claiing to be the best postwar fiction in the English language. Burgess was dismissive of the list, as I remember, claiming that whoever had compiled the list had no understanding of literature (or something similar). And he spent a whole afternoon (I'd guess) writing up his own list.

The book is very entertaining, but Burgess' Observer columns & reviews were more detailed. I generally like is somewhat dyspeptic tone.




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