SUMMARY Þ Enderby Outside

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SUMMARY Þ Enderby Outside Å After a failed suicide attempt at the very end of Inside Mr Enderby the second novel opens with the protagonist under psychiatric care and working as a bartender at a large London hotel Under the name of 'Hogg' his stepmother's maiden name we learn he is persuaded to renounce the creation of poetry as an adolescent preoccupatioPsychiatric care and working as a bartender at a large London hotel Under the name of 'Hogg' his stepmother's maiden n. ‘Enderby Outside’ is a bit like one of those films adapted from popular television comedies where the characters are lifted out of their usual sitcom world and sent on a foreign holiday – much ‘hilarity’ ensues The belief is that for a film adaptation to work the television comedy must be ‘opened up’ while the true joy of sitcoms is precisely their confined and familiar worlds ‘Enderby Outside’ lifts Mr Enderby of his seedy seaside world of lavatorial poetry and dumps him ignominiously in London and North Africa Enderby is moving up in the world perhaps even joining itAs a result ‘Enderby Outside’ is somewhat less agreeable than its predecessor colourful but still very funny and it prepares its hero for the final books in the series where he effectively ceases to be Enderby and becomes an avatar of Burgess himself

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After a failed suicide attempt at the very end of Inside Mr Enderby the second novel opens with the protagonist under. It makes zero sense to read this if you haven't first read the first volume of this four book series Inside Mr Enderby but anyhow these days if you do read it it is likely to be in the omnibus Complete Enderby Inside Mr Enderby Enderby Outside the Clockwork Testament and Enderby'sand if like me you find the first book puzzlingly idiosyncratic buzzing with big words and little in the way of a coherent plot as well as absolutely teeming with brainiac but rhythmically challenged poetry for our self confessed asexual minor poet hero has written large and lived very little do push on Life gets better his life your reading lifeHe is even deeper into middle age now our Enderby than half way to his titular End and the 1960s are a young person's world—or so the press keeps telling himit is in the error of the traditional euating of age with wisdom that one may find the cause of their blindness or to be kind presbyopia The answer to all problems aesthetic as much as social religious and economic resides in a word in YouthWell when this book opens our old boy is a psychiatric outpatient with a new name and a blank stare and is being retrained as a barman and kept away from his muse after the failed marriage and failed attempt of his young wife to re integrate him into society in the first book But the poetic vein runs deep in this one and an absurdly over the top but nevertheless extremely diverting honest to goodness plot has our Enderby view spoilerrunning away from Johnny Law and back towards his muse to Morocco of all places—to Tangiers actually home of beatnik pseudo writers and drug takers It also happens to be the home of another failed poet who had plagiarized one of Enderby's poems and had it turned into a smash hit of a terrible Italian filmEnderby wants revenge he thinks—against this particular plagiarist as well as against another one the whip smart businesswoman wife who had annulled him and who had then gone into the music biz had also appropriated some of Enderby's other verse and had it published under the name of her mop topped pop stars who wins major prizes with it of course But is he really a man of action hide spoiler

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Enderby OutsideAme we learn he is persuaded to renounce the creation of poetry as an adolescent preoccupation and to pursue useful wo. Interesting second book of the Enderby tetrology Here Burgess experiments with the language and there are a number of passage I'll need to re read later to really understand and enjoy Fun plot twists not a lot of laughs but amusing in the most grim of ways If you liked the first book this one is worth a look