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  • 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)

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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 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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Burgess' attempt to weave the frustratingly few facts known about Shakespeare’s life into a novel that encapsulates the Elizabethan era is awe-inspiring. As a reader I felt sucked into the social hierarchy of the period: the aristocratic patron, the Bristol slave trade, rural Stratford and London street life. The book oozes with the smells and cacophony of Shakespeare’s world. For instance Burgess’ description of the public execution is harrowing, I feel the strain of the rope round the condemned man’s neck, the sharpness of the hangman’s knife as it rips through flesh and the wide eyed spectator jostling for a better view. In contrast the love Burgess’ Shakespeare reveals is passionate and soul searching. He evokes a naivety of spirit that explains why Anne Hathaway, why Southampton, why the Dark Lady. All delight the senses but at a price. And, of course, there is Shakespeare’s literature, alluded to with sublime subtlety and depth of knowledge. It is as if Burgess was there, at a performance, amongst the groundlings, making notes for some contemporary review. Because of Burgess I can stare into the eyes of a genius dead for almost four centuries.
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By A Customer on 16 Sept. 2004
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This is first class fiction from Burgess. Thrilling stuff. Even if you know nothing about Shakespeare's work you can enjoy it. Clever use of language (always what Burgess does best) and more accessible than Dead Man in Deptford. A must for anyone who likes historical or contemporary fiction, because it is so immediate.
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I purchased this book "Nothing Like The Sun" from amazon .

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.
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By A Customer on 13 May 2010
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This is an imaginative and brilliantly written book, set in the time of Shakespeare written in the language of Shakespeare's day. Actually to describe it as brilliant would be an understatement.hu
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Oh my, but Burgess likes to play with language, doesn't he? And he does it so well!

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.
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