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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

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