Ì The Complete Enderby : Inside Mr. Enderby, Enderby Outside, the Clockwork Testament, Enderby's Dark Lady ä Download by Ý Anthony Burgess As someone who alternately imagines himself to be Robin Hood one moment and then a schlemiel, the next, this book appeals to my schlemiel self And, yet for all those disgusting moments think of Confederacy of Dunces , where our hero warms himself before the electric fire while seat on the throen, he does stumble into some exciting dramas The world tends to hate him and hunt him, although he is oblivious to their venom.
Enderby s Dark Lady is worth it alone, still one of the funniest books I ve ever read Collected Here For The First Time Under One Cover Are The Four Novels Featuring Anthony Burgess S Greatest Comic Creation, The Perdurable Poet FX Enderby With The Most Offhand, Scurrilous Charm, Burgess Illustrates How Enderby The Artist Is The Man Who Expresses For All Men Their Unbuttoned True Selves Time A clever and hilarious series is to be found in the Enderby novels Enderby himself is one of Burgess s finest achievements A bumbling dyspeptic rude impotent elitist poet whose personal life always seems to fall apart in service to art, for better or for worse, so to speak He is an outcast, much like Burgess, finding it hard to make a home of anywhere All he has is his muse and his love of art, and he must betray both to connect with the outside world.
Burgess s key themes make an appearance Burgess s apostate catholic theology pairs well with scatological humor, ponderings on the worth of poetry, and the occasional quiet moment of honest reflection on the human condition that peer through the witticism and cynicism of Enderby and his peers The first two novels are the strongest Burgess originally imagined them as one novel, but due Enderby is a delightful character I d actually forgotten all about him until landing on goodreads and starting to think seriously about what good books I ve read over the years If you like A Hitchhiker s Guide, The Importance of Being Earnest,Bucket of Face, A Confederacy of Dunces, or any of PG Wodehouse s Bertie Wooster Jeeves novels, I can confidently recommend Enderby.
You ll find a bit of Charles, Ignatius, Jack,and Bertie in Enderby And you ll love all the secondary characters, too Enderby is plagued by his own Marvin, Jeeves, Algy, and Myrna, too.
When life truly gets you down and you need something absolutely delightful to pull you up, step inside Enderby s life And if you do, please let me know which scene you liked the best I can promise you ll never feel quite the same about a cup of English Breakfast again.
Now that I ve remembered Very funny The involuntary adventures of a poet who would much prefer to be left alone The stories become and fantastic and over the top as do the locations from Brighton to London, Rome to Spain, Tangier, Indiana and outer space to a version of earth in a different universe.
There is no doubt that Burgess can write but he didn t manage to engage me Enderby oscillates between generating sympathy to downright horror due to his lack of sensitivity Burgess is a wordsmith by today s standards so I enjoyed expanding my vocabulary, but the philosophical asides didn t add to the story Let s face it that a professional poet is going to have his problems, regardless of skill Maybe I would treat him differently depending on what I last read There are just too many books out there.
While I liked the first of the four books contained here I did find myself of necessity having to put it down, but equally eager to take it up again as soon as possible it is very funny Burgess likes to pride himself apparently on use of obscure words, but that s a part of what is interesting about him Enderby seems an extemporizing of his own Burgess s personality to a great degree, but he scores in a lot of ways when he skewers trends in pop culture prevalent at the time he was writing it This one is a great antidote to boredom.
Burgess was an elitist bastard, but he wrote brilliant satire, especially about the counter culture For example, to avoid any gender bias in English, Burgess suggested contracting the subject pronouns she, he and it, into one subject pronoun shit It s been a couple of decades since I read the Enderby series, but the misadventures of Enderby, steeped in the classics, baited but unhooked by modernity, stay with me.
I have yet to read the last two novels here Clockwork Testament and Enderby s Dark Lady.