The Right to an Answer
The playground of Mr. Burgess' humor is a city to which his hero, Denham, J. W., businessman, forty, British, returns on leave from the Far East to find the face of England hardened into a standardized grimace. He is appalled by his observations in all quarters of cheapness, shallowness, vice. He is appalled also by monotony. But monotony reigns only briefly. Soon Everett, the broken-down poet, and Winterbottom, the printer, have involved him in affairs which put a strain on his holiday spirit. And with the appearance of Mr. Raj, Ceylonese gentleman, persistent lecher and unflagging sociologist, speed quickens and control diminishes as Denham is carried helpless down the homestretch of his grueling comic course. Mr. Burgess' humor stems from the depth of life rather than from its surface. His people are so vividly alive, and the anger, laughter and melodrama of their experiences so affecting that their story takes on dimension rare in novels so thoroughly entertaining.
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Review: The Right to an AnswerUser Review - Brian Fagan - Goodreads
Burgess is a writer I have more respect for than most others. His dedication to the craft wa unmatched and his output was so great that in one year in the early 1960s he published more books than ... Read full review
Review: The Right to an AnswerUser Review - Diskojoe - Goodreads
This is a book that I have read several times before. This is a pre-Clockwork Orange novel that has many of Burgess' themes such as modern English society, the relationship between East/West and Shakespere. Read full review