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In many ways The Doctor is Sick is very much like A Clockwork Orange, Burgess mega hit novel The structure of the main character going through a difficult journey is the same and confronting surreal or out of wack situations via the journey is part of the fun in both Burgess books Also I think the main draw to Burgress work is his language play Here is an author who loves the accent of the local population and being set in London, its highly an adventure to accents and class structur In many ways The Doctor is Sick is very much like A Clockwork Orange, Burgess mega hit novel The structure of the main character going through a difficult journey is the same and confronting surreal or out of wack situations via the journey is part of the fun in both Burgess books Also I think the main draw to Burgress work is his language play Here is an author who loves the accent of the local population and being set in London, its highly an adventure to accents and class structures I didn t love the novel, but found it very interesting I think because I am obsessed with London as a literary landscape, and Burgess uses that landscape quite well I had a tough time getting into this book although I could appreciate Burgess s dry sense of humour and unique use of words It wasn t until about page 50 of a 240 page book that I really began to get into the rhythm of it and from them on I devoured it as quickly as I could The plot of the story is really pretty simple Dr Edwin Spindrift is a linguistics professor at a university in Burma and is thoroughly wrapped up in his work His wife has multiple affairs due to an agreement met betwee I had a tough time getting into this book although I could appreciate Burgess s dry sense of humour and unique use of words It wasn t until about page 50 of a 240 page book that I really began to get into the rhythm of it and from them on I devoured it as quickly as I could The plot of the story is really pretty simple Dr Edwin Spindrift is a linguistics professor at a university in Burma and is thoroughly wrapped up in his work His wife has multiple affairs due to an agreement met between the two of them since he s having problems revving his engine so to speak and leads quite a separate life from her studious husband After collapsing in a lecture Edwin is shipped back to England where multiple tests are done that suggest a brain tumour Nervous of people meddling with his grey matter, and distressed that his wife hasn t visited in days she merely sends in people she meets in pubs to be his visitors Edwin sneaks out of the hospital desperate to find his wife What eventuates is a disasterous and absurd hunt through London with a handful of coins and the help of a series of increasingly odd characters.Each of the characters have marvellously varied accents, from the Stone twins with their combination of Yiddish and cockney, to Ippo with his lower class London twang, to the German, Italian, Greek and Northern characters who grace the story with their presence, if only for a short time Like in Trainspotting and A Clockwork Orange this phonetic use of accent and dialect adds a great deal to the character without having to actually describe them, we get an idea of their class, birthplace, age through the slang and their emotions It s an incredibly vivid way of describing them, and very effective The characters are all absurd, unique and absolutely mad so many of them felt like they d be right at home in Lewis Carroll s Wonderland but it is the use of their accent which really endeared many of them to me.Another interesting use of language in this book is the actual description of the origin and etymology of words and phrases in the book The book isn t in the first person, but it does use an omipresent narrator who can get inside Edwin s mind and we can see the marvellous way he absorbs and deciphers conversation with people It s almost mechanical, and provides much of the answer to why Edwin seems to have so much trouble connecting to other people Every now and then he ll notice something, say a little chalk board outside a cafe he s passing and he ll think Chalk, chalk, calx, sometimes expanding on the thought and origins of the current word of interest, and at other times simply leaving it at that But what is interesting and important to the novel is how he concentrates on and invests in the history origin meaning of the word and seems to completely ignore or pay little attention to the original word and what it stands for.It took awhile to get into but this book really delivered and met the high standards set by A Clockwork Orange The star of the story is the language and comedic absurdity that Burgess uses to tell his story, both of which make up for the fact that the story itself is perhaps a little lacking I m not sure this book is for everyone, but if you enjoy the construction and etymology of language, British comic surrealism absurdity, and Burgess s unique writing style then I d recommend giving this book a look over It certainly succeeded in eliminating my hesitation over reading any of Burgess s books, now I can t wait to get my hands on another of his books It made me very uncomfortable The narrator was delightfully, crazily unreliable, and it was so darkly funny it was hardly funny, sometimes I don t know I wanted to like itthan I did, but I m a precious flower and I hate the idea of having nowhere to sleep at night, so when characters choose such a lifestyle, I find it difficult to enjoy the story Which is stupid, I know.I never expected to like any Burgess, though, so at least that s over If I didn t need so much to identify with a ch It made me very uncomfortable The narrator was delightfully, crazily unreliable, and it was so darkly funny it was hardly funny, sometimes I don t know I wanted to like itthan I did, but I m a precious flower and I hate the idea of having nowhere to sleep at night, so when characters choose such a lifestyle, I find it difficult to enjoy the story Which is stupid, I know.I never expected to like any Burgess, though, so at least that s over If I didn t need so much to identify with a character, I d have enjoyed the story , but it was all so alien and kind of wonderfully horrible I had a harder time with it than necessary.In sum I appreciated the playing with language, but overall it left me cold in a way that speaks poorly about my ability to read a book than the book itself The end This is a very funny book You will enjoy it in a bit different way if you know that A Burgess was diagnosed with a brain tumor that time, and went through all the most unpleasant brain checks himself. Dr Edwin Spindrift has been sent home from Burma with a brain tumor Closer to words than to people, his sense of reality is further altered by his condition When he escapes from the hospital the night before his surgery, things and people he hardly knew existed outside of his dictionaries swoop down on him as he careens through adventures in nighttime London ❮Reading❯ ➶ I Blame The Scapegoats Author John O& – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk his sense of reality is further altered by his condition When he escapes from the hospital the night before his surgery ❮PDF❯ ✅ Beneath the Earth Author John Boyne – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk things and people he hardly knew existed outside of his dictionaries swoop down on him as he careens through adventures in nighttime London This is one of my favorite books of all time Burgess is a master of language and wit, and the dialogue in this book is wonderful The story is great and filled with humor as the hero delves deeper and deeper into a society of which he knows nothing and fits into not at all. I guess the reason that why I have enjoyed this book so much is because I had an emotional connection with Edwin main character I have also enjoyed the way he describe London and other characters The book was funny, sad and of course it was keen Also most of the Turkish readers are complaining about the story line is too complicated and it is hard to finish the book I say, it is not about the book it is about the translation So you shouldn t vote in this platform Hikaye akm yor, kitab s I guess the reason that why I have enjoyed this book so much is because I had an emotional connection with Edwin main character I have also enjoyed the way he describe London and other characters The book was funny, sad and of course it was keen Also most of the Turkish readers are complaining about the story line is too complicated and it is hard to finish the book I say, it is not about the book it is about the translation So you shouldn t vote in this platform Hikaye akm yor, kitab sa a sola ta d m bitiremedim diye kitaba d k puan verenlerden rica ediyorum kitabin sadece T rkler taraf ndan oyland bir sitede kitap hakk nda yorum yap n ve oy verin Bu sorunlar n z eviri ile alakal Kar kl a yol a yorsunuz I m a bit disappointed having this as my introduction to Anthony Burgess The writing is top notch and you can tell he truly cares about linguistics, but at the end of the day all I could think was what s the point This question only deepens when you reach the last couple of chapters, making it feel like everything up to that point was for naught I m sure it all can be interpreted in different ways but it just didn t work for me Here s to hoping the next book I read of his improves my initia I m a bit disappointed having this as my introduction to Anthony Burgess The writing is top notch and you can tell he truly cares about linguistics, but at the end of the day all I could think was what s the point This question only deepens when you reach the last couple of chapters, making it feel like everything up to that point was for naught I m sure it all can be interpreted in different ways but it just didn t work for me Here s to hoping the next book I read of his improves my initial thoughts it s supposed to be a comedy but I thought it was uniformly sad TheI read burgess theI realize he was probably a significantly bitter or hateful person, portraying women, queers, racial minorities rarely as anything other than invariably villainous It was interesting, just didn t really get that into it. 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About the Author: Anthony Burgess

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name.Anthony Burgess was a British novelist, critic and composer He was also a librettist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, travel writer, broadcaster, translator, linguist and educationalist Born in Manchester, he lived for long periods in Southeast Asia, the USA and Mediterranean Europe as well as in England His fiction includes the Malayan trilogy The Long Day Wanes on the dying days of Britain s empire in the East the Enderby quartet of novels about a poet and his muse Nothing Like the Sun, a recreation of Shakespeare s love life A Clockwork Orange, an exploration of the nature of evil and Earthly Powers, a panoramic saga of the 20th century He published studies of Joyce, Hemingway, Shakespeare and Lawrence, produced the treatises on linguistics Language Made Plain and A Mouthful of Air, and was a prolific journalist, writing in several languages He translated and adapted Cyrano de Bergerac, Oedipus the King, and Carmen for the stage scripted Jesus of Nazareth and Moses the Lawgiver for the screen invented the prehistoric language spoken in Quest for Fire and composed the Sinfoni Melayu, the Symphony No 3 in C, and the opera Blooms of Dublin Wikipedia


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