Kenneth Toomey is an eminent novelist of dubious talent; Don Carlo Campanati is a man of God, a shrewd manipulator who rises through the Vatican to become the architect of church revolution and a candidate for sainthood.
These two men are linked not only by family ties but by a common understanding of mankind's frailties. In this epic masterpiece, Anthony Burgess plumbs the depths of the essence of power and the lengths men will go for it.
"Crowded, crammed, bursting with manic erudition, garlicky puns, omnilingual jokes... which meshes the real and personalised history of the twentieth century." (Martin Amis)
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Worth it for the opening line alone
I didn't think anything could live up to the book.
The story is incredible--the type of novel you live with for days/weeks, then want to call people with updates when it's over--only to remember that it was just you and the book. An Anthony Burgess masterpiece that's woefully unknown in the US. I didn't think any narration could do it justice, but Gordon Griffin not only meets but dramatically exceeds all expectations. I could not recommend this more.
Almost impossible to compare it to anything. Your favorite Anthony Burgess novel. Your favorite movie. That television series to which you've become hopelessly addicted. Triple all my fawning adulation if you happen to be a fan of language.
I haven't, and am combing his works to find something I might like, just to experience him some more.
Can't beat that beginning sentence.
I'm afraid the drool would clog your system. Just do it.
- SBG "sbg21"