Tremor of Intentby Anthony Burgess
Denis Hillier is an aging British agent based in Yugoslavia. His old school friend Roper has defected to the USSR to become one of the evil empire's great scientific minds. Hillier
A brilliantly funny spy novel, this morality tale of a Secret Service gone mad features sex, gluttony, violence, and treachery. From the author of the ground-breaking A Clockwork Orange.
Denis Hillier is an aging British agent based in Yugoslavia. His old school friend Roper has defected to the USSR to become one of the evil empire's great scientific minds. Hillier must bring Roper back to England or risk losing his fat retirement bonus. As thoughtful as it is funny, this morality tale of a Secret Service gone mad features sex, gluttony, violence, treachery, and religion. Anthony Burgess's cast of astonishing characters includes Roper's German prostitute wife; Miss Devi and her Tamil love treatise; and the large Mr. Theodorescu, international secret monger and lascivious gourmand. A rare combination of the deadly serious and the absurd, the lofty and the lusty, Tremor of Intent will hold you in its thrall.
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Anthony Burgess (1917–1993) is the author of many works, including A Clockwork Orange, The Wanting Seed, Nothing Like the Sun, Honey for the Bears, The Long Day Wanes, The Doctor Is Sick, and ReJoyce.
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Anthony Burgess is nothing if not genius in 'Tremor Of Intent.' It would require some intelligence to read this book much like any Burgess novel, and I personally would not expect most to recognize the genius that is Anthony Burgess in this novel. A gripping and exciting story to the very end. if you love action, brutish bluntness, raw sexiness, and to be in the mind of a genius, all at once in perfection like a symphony conducted by Ludwig Van Beethoven himself. or if that notion intrigues you I strongly recommend reading this novel. A masterpiece.
This was a book for my book club and I rate it as by far the worst we have read. Admittedly, I haven't read a lot of spy fiction, but this certainly scrapes the bottom in my experience. It tries to be serious and tongue-in-cheek and philosophical and gripping and sexy but succeeds at none of it. It could be that it played better in its time 40 years ago trying to be part of the swinging '60s, but any timliness is long gone. I found it full of cardboard characters, misogynistic sex of the adolescent male fantasy sort, unbelievable plot, mundane writing and unsatisfying religious obsessions. A bore.