This novel traces 81 years in the life of a homosexual writer and lapsed Catholic called Frank Toomey, who spends a lifetime unsuccessfully trying to reconcile his sexual urges with his faith.
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"Crowded, crammed, bursting with manic erudition, garlicky puns, omnilingual jokes... which meshes the real and personalised history of the twentieth century" (Martin Amis)
"Burgess is the great postmodern storehouse of British writing-an important experimentalist; an encyclopaedic amasser, but also a maker of form; a playful comic, with a dark gloom" (Malcolm Bradbury)
"Enormous imagination and vitality - a huge book in every way" ( Sunday Times)
"A hellfire tract thrown down by a novelist at the peak of his powers" ( The Times)
"In all ways, a remarkable book" (Paul Theroux)
Rollicking, panoramic epic of 20th century by the author of 'A Clockwork Orange'
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