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Ninety-nine Novels: The Best in English Since 1939 - A Personal Choice Paperback – 20 Feb 1984

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; 1st Paperback Edition edition (20 Feb. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850315859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850315851
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony Burgess (25th February 1917-22nd November 1993) was one of the UK's leading academics and most respected literary figures. A prolific author, during his writing career Burgess found success as a novelist, critic, composer, playwright, screenwriter, travel writer, essayist, poet and librettist, as well as working as a translator, broadcaster, linguist and educationalist. His fiction includes Nothing Like the Sun, a recreation of Shakespeare's love-life, but he is perhaps most famous for the complex and controversial novel A Clockwork Orange, exploring the nature of evil. Born in Manchester, he spent time living in Southeast Asia, the USA and Mediterranean Europe as well as in England, until his death in 1993.

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A personal choice of the best ninety nine novels in English since 1939 by Anthony Burgess.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
This little book gives a great way to discover some authors that otherwise may have passed you by. Burgess devotes a page or two per book to his personal choice of the 99 best English language novels published since 1939. Unlike normal book reviews, all of the novels mentioned gave him pleasure to read.
I have found the entries on the earlier books (Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh say) especially useful, since there are plenty of reviews of current books elsewhere, but with established authors, how do you admit to not knowing where to start?
Anthony Burgess' text is as enjoyable as his novels and other works, so no page is wasted, and you are highly likely, I think, to want to follow up at least some of his choices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mr blue on 18 Feb. 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Was there a book the man hadn't read?
The essays on novels published in roughly the mid 20th century originall appeared in the Sunday Times as I remember.
They are brilliant; clear, thoughtful, written by one who loved words and books.
My copy is in remarkably good condition for a paperback printed in the eighties - far better than the one I bought new and ditched some years later because it was falling to pieces.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. R. Aylott on 1 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
Slightly disappointed with this to be honest. First of all I should say that I rate Burgess as noe of the great writers of fiction of the latter half of the twentieth century - The Enderby Novels are true comic masterpieces.

On the plus side this book has certainly provided me with a reading list, for which I'm always grateful. I think I was expecting longer academic essays on each novel when all one really gets is the aforementioned reading list with breif synopses of the nominated books.

I was encouraged to know that Burgess also relished "cheap fiction" and always looked forward to new novels by say Ken Follett & Frederick Forsyth
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Burgess is almost always interesting and lively- agree with him or not 30 May 2006
By Shalom Freedman - Published on
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Burgess was as prolific a reader as he was a writer. When he was a book- reviewer he consumed tons of novels, and wrote about many of them. His selection of Novels dates for half- a - century from 1934 to 1983. I have not read most of them and often do not agree with his selections. For instance I think he chose one of Bellow's worse novels. But what he has to say about each one, and about the Novel is general is very interesting.

These are the Ninety- nine Novels:

1934 Party Going Henry Green After Many a Summer Dies the Swan Aldous Huxley Finnegans Wake James Joyce At Swim-Two-Birds Flann O'Brien 1940 The Power and the Glory Graham Greene For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway Strangers and Brothers (to 1970) C. P. Snow 1941 The Aerodrome Rex Warner 1944 The Horse's Mouth Joyce Cary The Razor's Edge W. Somerset Maugham 1945 Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh 1946 Titus Groan Mervyn Peake 1947 The Victim Saul Bellow Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry 1948 The Heart of the Matter Graham Greene The Naked and the Dead Norman Mailer No Highway Nevil Shute 1949 The Heat of the Day Elizabeth Bowen Ape and Essence Aldous Huxley Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell The Body William Sansom 1950 Scenes from Provincial Life William Cooper The Disenchanted Budd Schulberg 1951 A Dance to the Music of Time (to 1975) Anthony Powell The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight (to 1969) Henry Williamson The Caine Mutiny Herman Wouk 1952 Invisible Man Ralph Ellison The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway Wise Blood Flannery O'Connor Sword of Honor (to 1961) Evelyn Waugh 1953 The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler The Groves of Academe Mary McCarthy 1954 Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis 1957 Room at the Top John Braine The Alexandria Quartet (to 1960) Lawrence Durrell The London Novels (to 1960) Colin MacInnes The Assistant Bernard Malamud 1958 The Bell Iris Murdoch Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Alan Sillitoe The Once and Future King T. H. White 1959 The Mansion William Faulkner Goldfinger Ian Fleming 1960 Facial Justice L. P. Hartley The Balkan Trilogy (to 1965) Olivia Manning 1961 The Mighty and Their Fall Ivy Compton-Burnett Catch-22 Joseph Heller The Fox in the Attic Richard Hughes Riders in the Chariot Patrick White The Old Men at the Zoo Angus Wilson 1962 Another Country James Baldwin An Error of Judgement Pamela Hansford Johnson Island Aldous Huxley The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov 1963 The Girls of Slender Means Muriel Spark 1964 The Spire William Golding Heartland Wilson Harris A Single Man Christopher Isherwood The Defense Vladimir Nabokov Late Call Angus Wilson 1965 The Lockwood Concern John O'Hara Cocksure Mordecai Richler The Mandelbaum Gate Muriel Spark 1966 A Man of the People Chinua Achebe The Anti-Death League Kingsley Amis Giles Goat-Boy John Barth The Late Bourgeois World Nadine Gordimer The Last Gentleman Walker Percy 1967 The Vendor of Sweets R. K. Narayan 1968 The Image Men J. B. Priestley Pavane Keith Roberts 1969 The French Lieutenant's Woman John Fowles Portnoy's Complaint Philip Roth 1970 Bomber Len Deighton 1973 Sweet Dreams Michael Frayn Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon 1975 Humboldt's Gift Saul Bellow The History Man Malcolm Bradbury 1976 The Doctor's Wife Brian Moore Falstaff Robert Nye 1977 How To Save Your Own Life Erica Jong Farewell Companions James Plunkett Staying On Paul Scott 1978 The Coup John Updike 1979 The Unlimited Dream Company J. G. Ballard Dubin's Lives Bernard Malamud A Bend in the River V. S. Naipaul Sophie's Choice William Styron 1980 Life in the West Brian Aldiss Riddley Walker Russell Hoban How Far Can You Go? David Lodge A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole 1981 Lanark Alasdair Gray Darconville's Cat Alexander Theroux The Mosquito Coast Paul Theroux Creation Gore Vidal 1982 The Rebel Angels Robertson Davies 1983 Ancient Evenings Norman Mailer
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