Anthony Burgess [Pdf epub] Little Wilson and Big God The First Part of the Confession


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Little Wilson and Big God The First Part of the Confession

Er Catholic from his birth in 1917 up to 1959 and the commencement of his career as a professional writer He details his burgeoning awareness of his artis. An entirely self serving masterpiece of autoreportage in which its authorsubject paints an absolutely absorbing picture of pre and postwar Britain His account of interwar Manchester conveys the sights and smells of a place long extinguished He contextualizes his eccentricities laying bare the roots of his flaws in this book whereupon the vast difficult personality evidenced in the rest of his ouvre is limned The writing and recollection are unparalelled

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Tic talent his relationship with his first wife his army career and his years as an education officer in Malaya and Borneo From the Trade Paperback editio. Recommended by Mary Carr in The art of memoir

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The first volume of the two volume autobiographyIn an extraordinarily candid book of confessions Anthony Burgess tells the story of a disaffected Manchest. Fact is stranger than fiction Among self effacing or preening autobiographies that fill the book market this is a breath of fresh air Burgess is so candid that it takes will to hear him out sometimes A reader is often curious about a favourite writer but this account makes one desire some limits to that curiosity One wonders how curious should someone have to be to be very interested in elaborate accounts of his sex life his waxing poetic about Keatsian ripening breasts and the women of the East with their different complexions and idiosyncratic ways his dallying with Chinese prostitutes and keeping Malay mistresses It is a distinctively masculine account of physical and cerebral passions The word occident also comes to mind but who is the reader to begrudge these strong and sometimes generous opinions so freely given Rather than preemptively branding these memories with the familiar charge of being oppressive objectifying and colonial after all his experiences are in a way non typical of the ruling Westerner as reader I feel obliged to hear him out when he is being so determinedly frank It is as if by writing all this down he implies I have expressed myself in these words now do your worst to me A lesser writer perhaps would writing in the very contemporary 1987 feel the need to pick his words carefully and demonstrate sensitivity and respect to Others but Burgess tells all and spares none To dismiss this memoir with a label is to disregard its entertainment value its own strange teeming riotous irreducible uality Malaya through his eyes is a tropical mess with predatory flora and fauna marked by heat and decay an ungovernable little foothold of Empire He is a paradoxical extension of that Empire and cultural rebel and linguistic adventurer baffled amused appreciative His experiences at various teaching colleges open up a first hand account of a world far varied and humorous than the history books of the region will allow and those familiar will note many of these accounts make their way into his Malayan Trilogy thinly disguised as fictionThis book calls readers to disregard sensitivities to laugh at dirty jokes in translation the name of the Trilogy s fictional state of Lanchap means smooth and slippery but also to masturbate to appreciate its author s love for music and image where these lieThere are some beautiful passages from sections of his early life when he talks about learning music about the difference between the musician and the composer Curious his admission that he cannot play perfectly but that to a composer it doesn t matter what is made manifest when he has it all on the page and in the imagination There is affection in these recollections but also a touch of regret at things that could ve been done better gravity and levity compete He can be such a snob but only because he s a natural intellectual even at fourteen years old Happily reading Joyce teaching himself music experimenting as a comic artist magazine editor poet At home among the modernists


10 thoughts on “Little Wilson and Big God The First Part of the Confession

  1. says:

    Fact is stranger than fiction Among self effacing or preening autobiographies that fill the book market this is a breath of fresh air Burgess is so candid that it takes will to hear him out sometimes A reader is

  2. says:

    An extraordinary autobiography Prior to reading this the only other book I'd read by Anthony Burgess was A Clockw

  3. says:

    Burgess is very much out of fashion these days on the logical grounds that he was something of a serenely and mildly racist sexist homophobic imperialist of the cheerful and well meaning variety He comes across much stubbornly Catholic and conservative than his prodigious philandering would lead you to believe and has a few casually

  4. says:

    ‘Little Wilson Big God’ is a marvellous book marvels are not to be trusted of course The fact that Burgess may or may not be blagging much of the time is part of the book's appeal a great writer of fiction is turning his tools on the raw material of his own life and fashioning it into a kind of magic lantern show In his works of fiction Burgess’s invention occasionally waned – when talking about himself he is never at a loss The

  5. says:

    An entirely self serving masterpiece of autoreportage in which its authorsubject paints an absolutely absorbing picture of pre and postwar Britain His account of interwar Manchester conveys the sights and smells of a place long extinguished He contextualizes his eccentricities laying bare the roots of his flaws in this book whereupon the vast difficult personality evidenced in the rest of his ouvre is limned The writi

  6. says:

    1988 notebook just finished LWBG Burgess's half life story fascinated by his wife Lynne and would have liked on her His life seems a little too easy despite the experiences in Gibraltar and Malaya Here is a man who can write a novel in six weeks can pick up languages in days and compose symphonies in his spare time most o

  7. says:

    Recommended by Mary Carr in The art of memoir

  8. says:

    Burgess wrote two volumes of memoirs; this book covers his first forty two years Though nearly twice the size of the second book You've Had Your Time it's half as interesting It gives a rather different account of a young English writer's maturity than most books of its type Burgess was born in Manchester not in the Home Counties; he did not go to one of 'great universities' He was reared among pubs chop shops and off

  9. says:

    “The first task was to uieten them and not through the regular military techniue of demanding uiet which did not work The thing to

  10. says:

    Great for linguists and musicians as Burgess goes into the minutiae of both subjects Also great if you don't mind the reminiscences of an aged man reviewing his sexual historyescapades Having said this I enjoyed much of the book The struggle with lapsed Catholicism the pictures painted of prewar Manchester and life for colonials in Malaya as

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