A grand and tragi-comic symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte, this novel unteases and reweaves Napoleon's life - from the first great days of his campaigns in 1796 to exile and death on St. Helena a quarter of a century later. Burgess' Bonaparte is a cuckold, afflicted with heartburn and halitosis while enacting a wily seduction of Tsar Alexander, conquering Egypt and crowning himself Emperor.
Witty, sardonic, intellectual, Napoleon Symphony is Burgess at his most challenging and inventive. In creating a novel based on a musical form, Burgess is playing with structure, from the grand, ambitious shape of the novel itself, through to the finer composition of each sentence.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
Mr. Burgess is a skilled entertainer, and I have a fondness for this effort. Beethoven having written a Third symphony, which he had dedicated to "Bonaparte", as an expression of respect for a man ... Read full review
NAPOLEON SYMPHONYUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Burgess (Clockwork Orange) strives windily for a weave of story and music into one mock heroic comic wordblast suggesting a novel in cloudborne movements like Beethoven's Eroica, sometimes hurtling ... Read full review