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eBook The Horse's Mouth (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) ePub
Author: Joyce Cary
Language: English
ISBN: 0140184813
ISBN13: 978-0140184815
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New Ed edition (1992)
Pages: 384
Category: Classics
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 237
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One of the best and most influential writers of the 20th century.

One of the best and most influential writers of the 20th century. She connected goodness, against the temper of the times, not with the quest for an authentic identity so much as with the happiness that can come about when that quest can be relaxed. Peter Conradi, The Guardian. Dame Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) was one of the most acclaimed British writers of the twentieth century.

Literary critics see books in this series as important members of the Western canon, though many titles are translated or of non-Western origin; indeed, the series for decades from its creation included only translations, until it eventually incorporated the Penguin English Library imprint in 1986.

Home Donald Barthelme Forty Stories (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics). Things are different in this century, thus far. There is not much time for things that don’t announce themselves and make fairly clear linear sense. And how often did Barthelme make clear linear sense?

Home Donald Barthelme Forty Stories (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics). Forty stories penguin t. .Forty Stories (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics), . And how often did Barthelme make clear linear sense?

Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics. I have read many quotes from this classic novel and finally decided to read i. bsolutely brilliant character development in this coming of age novel

Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics. bsolutely brilliant character development in this coming of age novel. He goes beyond the happiness aspect and dig deep on all levels ~not just pleased.

1950s Penguin photograph of Joyce Cary. Arthur Joyce Lunel Cary was born in a hospital in Derry, County Londonderry in the north of Ireland in 1888. In 1943, while writing The Horse's Mouth, Cary traveled to Africa with a film crew to work on Men of Two Worlds.

1950s Penguin photograph of Joyce Cary Contents. His family had been 'Planter' landlords in neighbouring Inishowen, a peninsula on the north coast of County Donegal, also in Ulster, since the early years of the Plantation of Ulster in the early seventeenth-century.

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Серия: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics. In this autobiography, Quentin Crisp describes his unhappy childhood and the stresses of adolescence that led him to London. There in bedsits and cafes he found a world of brutality and comedy, of shortlived jobs and precarious relationships. Joyce Carol Oates on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness: "Heart of Darkness has had an influence that goes beyond the specifically literary. This parable of a man's 'heart of darkness' dramatized in the alleged 'Dark Continent' of Africa transcended its late Victorian era to acquire the stature of one of the great, if troubling, visionary works of western civilization.

Joyce Cary, English novelist who developed a trilogy form in which each volume is.Learn More in these related Britannica articles: The Horse's Mouth

Joyce Cary, English novelist who developed a trilogy form in which each volume is narrated by one of three protagonists. Cary was born into an old Anglo-Irish family, and at age 16 he studied painting in Edinburgh and then in Paris. Cary’s trilogy on art begins with the first-person narration of a woman, Sara Monday, in Herself Surprised (1941) and follows with that of two men in her life, the lawyer Tom Wilcher in To Be a Pilgrim (1942) and the artist Gulley Jimson in The Horse’s Mouth (1944), his best-known novel. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: The Horse's Mouth. Horse’s Mouth, comic novel by Joyce Cary, published in 1944.

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Joyce Cary wrote two trilogies, or triptychs as he later preferred to call them. The first comprises: Herself Surprised, To Be a Pilgrim and The Horse's Mouth. The Horse's Mouth is a portrait of an artistic temperament. Its principal character, Gulley Gimson, is an impoverished painter who scorns conventional good behaviour. He may be a bad citizen, but he is a good artist, so wholly preoccupied with his art that he is willing to endure any privation for its sake. Such is his contempt for orthodox mores, he takes a delight in cocking a snook at them. For him there is only one morality: to be a painter. 'Mr Joyce Cary is an important and exciting writer; there's no doubt about that. To use Tennyson's phrase, he is a Lord of Language ... if you like rich writing full of gusto and accurate original character drawing, you will get it from The Horse's Mouth.' John Betjeman, Daily Herald
This book was given to me over 30 years ago, when I married an Artist. A fellow artist felt this book would help me live my life with an artist. He was right, it takes a lot of flexibility and strange hours to live with an artist, and this book tells you why, and helps you in understanding the mind set of an Artist and how he thinks. It's a fantastic book, and a joy to re-read. I highly recommend this to anyone living with an artist. I've been married for over 36 years, and nothing will stop us now.
The first thing to say about this "lost masterpiece" is that it's quite funny. --- It's quite funny. --- The second thing to say is that the pre-WWII London scene presented here by our narrator, the crafty, dodgy 67 year old artist Gulley Jimson, is that it's full of despair. --- It's full of despair. --- But there exists no despair at which Jimson, our vitalist anti-hero, can't smile wryly or cock a snook, even as his artistic visions fall into disaster in his attempts at their execution. When we meet him, he's just getting out of the nick for some smash-and-grab and when he departs he's off to hospital in a "police ambulance."

Despite the novel's essentially comic nature, it's comedy with a bite; and the reader may feel a bit unsettled during and after the reading of it. The despair is quite real and quite lyrically described, with a painter's eye, one could say:

"And I went out to get room for my grief. Thank God, it was a high sky on Greenbank. Darker than I expected....Sun was in the bank. Streak of salmon below. Salmon trout above soaking into wash blue. River whirling along so fast that its skin was pulled into wrinkles like silk dragged over the floor. Shot silk. Fresh breeze off the eyot. Sharp as spring frost. Ruffling under the silk-like muscles in a nervous horse. Ruffling under my grief like ice and hot daggers."

Explaining what this book is "about" though, in a deeper sense - and there is a deeper sense - is well-nigh impossible. This difficulty arises from the fact that Jimson quotes Blake's prophetic and abstruse poems throughout the book. Indeed, they make up almost a fifth of the entire novel and seem to be the only thing in which Jimson staunchly believes. All this is to say that if you have a comprehensive understanding of Blake's mythology - Be clear though that Blake and Jimson emphatically do NOT regard it as mythology - you might understand this book. Any poor soul that's delved into Blake's arcana and tried to make sense of them knows full well what a bootless task this endeavour is. The only thing one can say with any degree of certainty is that Jimson, along with Blake, is the artist who thinks that the world can go hang. Art is the only reality.

Thus Jimson cadges, robs, nearly starves himself, murders (inadvertently, of course) in order to follow his pursuit. Be all this as it may, when all is said and done, it is Cary's gift with dialogue and Jimson's sharp wit that catch the reader and linger. Further, the book, for all its madcap drolleries, has a twilit shroud hanging over it. The reader knows from the first chapter that Jimson will die soon, and as Jimson says:

"Old men when they begin to hear the last trumpet, on the morning breeze, often have a kind of absent-minded smile; like people listening."

It's no small task to wipe that smile off one's face after finishing this book.
One of the greatest novels of the 20th century. I don't know how Modern Library missed this one. Anthony Burgess regarded it as one of the greatest novels of the modern era and so did many other writers and critics. Joyce Cary is a master of colloquial British dialogue and the novel is both uproariously funny and metaphysically profound. Best of all are the unforgettable characters...,,Gulley Jonson, Sara Monday, et, al, Easily the finest novel about a painter and his art and one of my favorites. Easily in my top ten novels of all time
This is pure genius! LOVED Gulley, and his attitude and especially his crazy antics! Uproariously funny! What a pleasure!
A Classic novel beautifully written. Marvelous characters and realistic settings inhabited by an elderly painter who follows his art and heart. Arrived on time and in excellent condition.
I have loved this book for about 60 years and re-read it regularly. I also love the movie starring Alec Guinness who wrote the screenplay.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, simoultaneously amused, puzzled and fascinated by the wierd shenanigans of Gulley Jimson's life style; his irresponsible, at times reprehensible behavior, his flights of imagination, and the way others relate to him.
You have to have the right sense of humor for this book but it is worth it. A classic that has stood the test of time.
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