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Haven't read the others, but Beard's Roman Women is a masterpiece, based on the Myth of Orpheus.
There was also a nude James Bond and a nude Henry Kissinger in there. And a boxing kangaroo.
Interesting. Care to detail it here, @Ludovico?
Oh it's just a quick mention by the narrator, a working class woman from Manchester turned high class prostitute (long story) about 007 who can shoot the baddies for Britain (I paraphrase). She was commenting on the story of a shooting during a pursuit between the Italian police and some kidnappers. Absolutely hilarious.
Ah, I see. Thank you, @Ludovico. Always nice to find a Bond reference in a novel you're reading! And if it's in a Burgess novel, even better!
I appreciate that. I imagine Burgess can be a very funny writer based on what I've seen of his work.
Is there an interesting story to tell there, @Ludovico?
Well, not much it's more personal than fascinating. I had finished A Clockwork Orange earlier that month (I had read it in a weekend) and was reading and rereading it. I had stopped at my friends' place after lunch to walk with them in high school, saw on their TV clips of A Clockwork Orange. Then I noticed it was the news and they were announcing his death.
I see. That's an interesting enough story and thanks for sharing it, especially as you'd just finished A Clockwork Orange a short time before and were in the process of rereading it.
It's interesting too that you mention the Kennedy assassination and how people who were alive then remember where they were when they heard it had happened. I only realised today that President Kennedy and Anthony Burgess died on the same day, exactly 30 years apart.
If there’s one celebrity death that I remember where I was, it was Robin Williams. I thought it was a joke or another person. What’s ironic about it was my friend had just brought a copy of Aladdin on vhs. As for Anthony Burgess, I was born the same year that he died. I’d love to read his TSWLM screenplay. Sounds like a pure RM adventure.
[on writing five novels in the space of a year after he was told he had an inoperable brain tumor] It can be done. If you write 2000 words before breakfast, you have the rest of the day to yourself.
The screenplay is available at the Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester. Next time I go there (haven't been since 2013) I'll try to have a look.
He made up the inoperable brain tumor. Well, somewhat. He was never diagnosed, but the doctors never ruled it out. Burgess was probably suffering from depression.
Available as a print, with the set-up below proposing Half-Forgotten Classics.
I disagree about what the author of the article said in the intro: growing up in Catholic Québec, J of N was THE Easter movie. It had no equal.
Interesting news. I know that Burgess picked Goldfinger as one of the best 99 Novels since the war.