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The Imperial March of Anthony Burgess
on 3 February 2016
This magnificent book is really Burgess writing a pastiche of what the great novel of the 19th century should look like in the late 20th century.
He was clever and profound enough to realize that western culture was in effect closing down by the 1980s when the book was written and that the eternal issues which he defiantly took head on in a typically two fisted catholic Burgess way are now discarded and of no interest to anyone except a few literary diehards.
That's why he didn't win the Booker with this - the judges resented the Catholicism that pervades the book and they saw that he tried to dress it up with a faux 'gay' main character to make it seem trendy and hip.
That is why the book is a pastiche - we live in brave new world now and nobody has a clue what Burgess is talking about.
But, boy, can he write.