The End of the World News

The End of the World News The dying Freud hustled out of Vienna into exileA Broadway musical on the subject of Trotsky in New YorkThe last throes of the planet Earth in AD These are all items onThe End of the World NewsPsy

  • Title: The End of the World News
  • Author: Anthony Burgess John B. Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780140067460
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The dying Freud hustled out of Vienna into exileA Broadway musical on the subject of Trotsky in New YorkThe last throes of the planet Earth in AD 2000These are all items onThe End of the World NewsPsychoanalysis, international socialism and The End three themes, three stories outrageously counterpointed into trinity, in a novel stuffed with verbal pyrotechnics, amazingThe dying Freud hustled out of Vienna into exileA Broadway musical on the subject of Trotsky in New YorkThe last throes of the planet Earth in AD 2000These are all items onThe End of the World NewsPsychoanalysis, international socialism and The End three themes, three stories outrageously counterpointed into trinity, in a novel stuffed with verbal pyrotechnics, amazing sleights of fantasy, and tantalizing jokes, and which is crowned by a brilliant, unexpected, out of this world finale all written by one novelist at the height of his powers.

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    1. What is in common between Leon Trotsky, Sigmund Freud and the end of the world?Leon Trotsky stands for the end of capitalism and the beginning of the brave new world…Sigmund Freud symbolizes the end of the age of sexual innocence and the psychological mystery of reproduction…And the end of the world means a physical end of the planet Earth, class warfare and all the biological reproduction on it.“‘Lynx in the heavens greets Christ the tiger.’ And then the choir of the Mormon Tabernacle [...]

    2. I read this years ago but have always remembered this poem from it:"I loved you. And love for you has not yet burned out of my soul. But don't let my love cause you distress any more. I don't wish to bring you grief. I loved you silently, hopelessly, sometimes in joy, sometimes in jealousy. I loved you so sincerely, so tenderly. Ah, may God grant that you be so loved by another."Just beautiful.

    3. Page 205 ends a paragraph with "The waiter lead them to" just ending like that, not even a period. But it's in the Freudian portion, where the narrative is in a temporal fluxPage 362 spelt lessons lesons. Page 373 spelt ground goundLike how in the sci fi narrative it goes into concurrent plots, just to add some more to the mix. A real mazurkaTrotsky plot was the least interesting, but fortunately it was also the most minor of the trio, & it's content being mostly description & dialogue m [...]

    4. I'm an Anthony Burgess fan. He really was one of the most inventive writers around. For some reason, which I do not know, he has been somewhat neglected (he will never be completely neglected though because of A Clockwork Orange). But, his novels are some of the most original pieces of prose written in the 20th century. He never wrote the same book twice and loved playing with prose. This book is one of his more interesting experiments and also one of his most frustration in terms of success. Th [...]

    5. Probably my favorite novel.Anthony Burgess plays with the form of the novel, involving everything from the guest foreword to the bookjacket in the telling of three interrelated stories about Freud, Trotsky, and the end of the world. But I'm the only person I know who's read this book, so I've never really been able to discuss it with anyone. Maybe it's not actually as good as I give it credit for.

    6. tre storie: un asteroide sta per distruggere la terra, la vita di sigmund froid e.mun musical sulle vicende di trotsky a new yorke storie diverse e più o meno distanti nel tempo che si uniscono nel finale, e nel frattempo parlano del mondo tra le due guerre mondiali e di quello di adesso, di potere che da alla testa e di nascita della psicoanalisi, di socialismo a new york e di avventure picaresche in un'america del dopo-disastro e in attesa della fine del mondo.burgess scriveva in maniera perf [...]

    7. I first read this book in college, when I was more interested in experimental writing styles and moving-target plotlines. I think even then it disappointed me somewhat. What Burgess has done here is to write three separate stories and intermix them (without chapters or other obvious cues when the narrative shifts from one to another) into a single novel. According to his blurb, these "three stories are all the same story," but I did not find that this concept worked. Therefore, I will review the [...]

    8. Ah, John. What to say about this strange patchwork novel? I wish I could grant the premise: three stories, all about endings, woven together to create a kind of channel surfing experience.But, honestly, it felt more like Mr. Wilson - one of my all-time favorite novelists, who wrote under the pseudonym Anthony Burgess - simply had three novellas in hand at a time when novellas were rather difficult to get on the shelf.All of the stuff that we read an Anthony Burgess novel for - the delight in lan [...]

    9. This book did not entertain me as much as A Clockwork Orange or The Wanting Seed. Personally, this book was a bit of a slog to read, although at least one character would spice things up with ridiculously Elizabethan insults. That being said, it did have an interesting structure. There is a futuristic plot of a planet from outside the solar system barreling down on Earth and stealing the moon, a biographical story of Sigmund Freud and the early days of psychoanalysis, and a musical of Leo Trotsk [...]

    10. What do Trotsky, Freud, and a rogue planet have in common?This novel -- and not much else. Burgess attempts to bring these three parallel stories together at the end of this end-of-times novel. He succeeds in a satisfactory way, to be sure, but the synthesis is less than the sum of its parts. There is no resonance, as there would be with three topics whose connection inspired the book: one is left with the impression that Freud and Trotsky were chosen haphazardly, as if Burgess were reading abou [...]

    11. How frustrating! Burgess has both highs and lows in this brick of a book dating back to the 1980's. A novel packed with 3 different story lines: An interesting Sci-fi story, a kind of rehash of Sigmund Freud's career and a musical section focused on Leon Trotsky. I guess the collision of these 3 subjects could have worked, but Burgess, in my opinion, failed to make a cohesive piece. Had he found a new angle for Freud--he didn't--or a reason to portray Trotsky in a musical format--he didn't--I wo [...]

    12. Wow.This book displayed ingenuity and creativity in literature that exceeded my expectations.Burgess' work is incredibly diverse - he is probably the Stanley Kubrick of literature, writing completely different stories in completely different ways, and everything is just mindblowingly good.End of the World News somehow combines the stories of a)Freud developing and establishing his psychoanalytic process against significant opposition, and eventually fleeing Nazi Germany with b) a broadway musica [...]

    13. This is a terrific book that's taking me about a thousand years or so to read. Mr. Burgess describes his work as being akin to watching several TVs at once, but I liken it more to channel surfing between a historical docudrama about Freud on IFC, a musical based on Trotsky's visit to New York on PBS (during a pledge drive) and a blockbuster endtimes science fiction thriller set in the future on Space Network. I'll justify the length of time it's taking me to get through it by reiterating that I' [...]

    14. One of my favourite books. The narrative switches unexpectedly between three tales, two in the past and one in the future. It's about the end of the world, and ideas (and people) that are unappreciated in their time.Anthony Burgess does weird things with such style, fun, and skill that every one of his books becomes an experience and a work of art. Maybe the last person to ever write "literature." This is my favourite of his books.

    15. This is probably my favorite bk that I've read by Burgess. It interweaves (I know, I know, that's an overused word in this type of context) 3 stories: one of wch is all about Freud. Learning about the genesis of psychoanalysis was esp interesting for me. I never realized what an INVENTION it was - not even necessarily by doctors.

    16. It is a travesty that it has taken me 20 years to find this book. 'Jesus Jobbernol Goosecap Christ All Grouthead Gnatsnapper Mighty!' Alas,'The young things who frequent movie palacesKnow nothing of psychoanalysis.But Herr Doktor FreudIs not really annoyed.Let them cling to their long-standing fallacies.'

    17. this is my favorite Anthony Burgess book. My husband and I like to quote it to each other.Since I read a lot of science fiction, I tend to be wary, and then incredibly disappointed, when other authors get anywhere near my genre. But this one pays off, so I enjoy the SF elements.Don't miss the preface, written by A.B. under his two middle names.

    18. Only Burgess could pull of a novel based on the idea of watching several T.V.'s at once, or at least only Burgess could make such a novel stir every emotion, change the way you think about the end of the world and feel like you really were watching the three best television programmes you ever watched all at the same time.

    19. i like books that further convince me that life is nothing without culture,love, and art. i guess i'm pure cheese at heart. (i'm also too flighty to get a "real"job.)an all too real sense of the end of the world, with global climate change and a force too big even for the good ole US of A.burgess is right on top with the cynicism and accuracy of a prophet .

    20. The fact that it caught me in a net and I cant stop reading it is enough. READ IT!!! It's an absolutly amazing historical fiction book by Sigmund Freud. I admit it's a high lexile book but if you read it for a while it makes alot of sence.

    21. Oh, boy where to begin. I read this book years ago, and it was probably the first book I really, really was excited to read, though at times, parts of it were over my head. Three completely different stories which all tie together. If you see this book, pick it up.

    22. This was recommended by my father as his favorite book by Burgess. I can see why: it is a really fun read, and very artfully written. Unfortunately, it seems to be out of print and is a little hard to find -- I was scanning used book stores for it for years before I finally found it.

    23. This is the best Sci-FI novel that I have read in awhile and, aside from possibly Robert Anton Wilson's works, the only one to contain Trotsky and Freud.

    24. one of my all time favoritesographies of Freud and Trotsky enveloped in a SciFi story. Very insightful and sensitively written and extremely funny.

    25. Unusual read in an unusual format which made it a bit hard to follow. Also, it seems like the author wrote it more to entertain himself than the audience which made it difficult to get into.

    26. "There's no mystery in physical causality." "I like it, I don't like it". "I can warmly recommend the Gestapo to anyone". Ha, so funny!

    27. i think i liked it a little more when i knew nothing about the communist revolution and freud no, really, though, a great book, maybe just a little better pacing?

    28. Not my cup of tea. Three unrelated story lines, I do not know where the book is going and I'm halfway through.

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