- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY (23 Feb. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 074907969X
- ISBN-13: 978-0749079697
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Nothing Like the Sun Paperback – 23 Feb 2009
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'A novel which is a Shakespearean celebration all by itself. The Dark Lady, Mr W.H., play-making, politics, actors and the daily stuff of life wound together in Burgess Elizabethan, a dazzling prose style spun from a boundless obsession with words' THE OBSERVER
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Anthony Burgess is one of the UK's leading and most respected literary figures. He is most famous for the complex and controversial novel A Clockwork Orange. Allison & Busby are thrilled to be reissuing his classic novels. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I cannot possibly say better than what MR S P HARDISTY has said in his wonderful...nay dazzling review but.....
Nothing Like The Sun by Anthony Burgess is a brilliant book!! One of those rare books which you know you will ( Deo volente) read and read again!! Anthony Burgess' book was written in 1964 and is almost Joycean in the style of its writing. It is a book which you really do have to read several times. Burgess' stylish biographical novel on William Shakespeare is just that - stylish. Beautifully written. His use of English is almost Shakespearian in the breadth and depth of its vocabulary of the English language.There are words in this book that I have never seen before. So a good dictionary of Shakespeare's English would be useful. You will come across words such as "suckets", "palliard", "cup-shotten", "orlop", "bonaventure mizen", "drabler and bonnet", "spilliwilly", and many others. No doubt many will know what these words mean. I shall have to learn them! But is this not one of reading's joys? Build your vocabulary!! Although I cannot imagine when and where I shall use the term "cup-shotten" - perhaps when I am in my cups......? Mayhap, indeed..........
Burgess' Nothing Like The Sun is a fiction-laced-with-fact (or vice versa) account of the life of WS (William Shakespeare? Shaxpere? Shagspere? Skakeshafte? Chaxper? "It is all one.."). Burgess puts forward the theory that Anne Whateley of Temple Grafton was WS's first love who was forsaken by Shakespeare when he was trapped into impregnating and marrying the older-than-him Anne Hathaway. Whether true or not - it is an interesting theory.Read more ›
First off, this is a wonderful book and you should buy it. If you are vacillating at all over this purchase then just take my advice and go right ahead! Or get it from your library, or whatever, just read it. It's short and you have nothing to lose.
I should state for the record that Burgess is totally my jam. I love him like nothing else in the world, I could read his books back to back forever because he is the best at everything always, ad infinitum, so I suppose I am a maybe little biased.
Like all Burgess's novels (except Earthly Powers, but that's a whole other thing) this book takes a bit of getting your head around at the start. I had to read the first chapter twice before I really caught my stride, but you should do that anyway because the first chapter is aces and maybe a little bit more poetic than the proceeding novel? But after that it was plain sailing right to the end, so if you are new to Burgess don't give up early!
If you are coming to this from Dead man in Deptford, then be aware that there is a disappointing (yes) lack of racy boy sex, but then to be fair the crazed smut level of DMiD is sort of on the high end for our friend A.B... Maybe you should read the final book in that `Sleeping Beauty' Trilogy Ann Rice wrote (not about vampires) and just skip the lady chapters? BUT there is a legitimate amount of hetero-hotness; not super graphic but enough to break a sweat, so maybe that will be enough for you.
Plot/ character/ language/ pace are all bang on, natch. Historic facts? I get the feeling B.Read more ›
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Not much by Burgess I haven't read but this one previously escaped my notice. One of the very best 20th Century British authors, Burgess takes you on a rollercoaster ride through... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jim B
Brilliant. I've read a lot about the Bard but there's nothing like a novel to get into the period and under the skin. Who cares that this is fiction? Read morePublished 19 months ago by Roz Colyer
Describes Shakespeare's childhood - love affairs, quarrels with his family, and travels around England. Earthy and basic. Captures Elizabethan life.Published on 23 April 2013 by ROBIN EDWARDS