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I rate this Burgess best novel, having bought it at least three times! Its a big, heavy book, so I take it to the beach it, read it, and bin it before leaving, to save luggage weight. Then I realise I need to reread it...
Burgess narrator namedrops his way shamelessly through the twentieth century as he tells the story of his own life and the intertwined fortunes of his brother-in-law, Carlo Campanati, a Catholic priest whose dearest ambition is to make Pope. Its a huge sweep of history and human times to cover, but Burgess centres it around faith, duty, and home, and makes it look easy.
One warning: he is *very* erudite, so youll need a dictionary at times. I reckon I have a good vocabulary, but I had no idea what a venerean strabismus was. Its up there with Brideshead Revisited as a foodie book too. One of the beaches I read this on was in Goa, and I was gagging for the Italian meatballs and cold, black wine which I couldnt get over there!
Stylistically its self-conscious; the narrator intervenes frequently to remind you hes writing his autobiography. Its not a major problem, and in fact its necessary. The first time you notice this is the absolutely show-stopping opening paragraph involving archbishops and catamites (reach for your dictionary if you dont know)...!
Did I mention this book is frequently very, very funny? I cried laughing at the later scenes featuring the shoplifting bisexual Nazi.
Warmly recommended; just dont expect Clockwork Orange!		
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