Earthly Powers

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Europa, Jan 15, 2013 - Fiction - 656 pages
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In Earthly Powers Burgess created his masterpiece. At its center are two twentieth-century men who represent different kinds of power—Kenneth Toomey, a past-his-prime author of mediocre fiction, a man who has outlived his contemporaries to survive into, bitter, luxurious old age, living in self-exile on Malta; and Don Carlo Campanati, a man of God, eventually of church revolution and a candidate for sainthood beloved Pope, who rises through the Vatican as a shrewd manipulator to become the architect.

Through the lives of these two modern men Burgess explores the very essence of power in a narrative that spans from Hollywood, to Dublin, Nairobi, Paris, and beyond.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

My favorite Burgess book, this one is a faux mega-blockbuster. It allows Burgess to tell the story of the 20th Century from the point of view of a very naughty man who is caught in most of the major ... Read full review

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User Review  - simplicimus - LibraryThing

This novel is considered a forgotten masterpiece by many. Maybe it's because of my lack of erudition, but I simply found it slightly contrived and exceedingly boring. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Anthony Burgess was an English author, poet, playwright, composer, linguist, translator and critic, best known for his dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange. In 2008, The Times placed Burgess number 17 on their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.”

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