Tremor of Intent

Tremor of Intent

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by Anthony Burgess
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

New Republic
“Tremor of Intent has more wit and comic invention than the books which it so boisterously ridicules…The talent is as unsettling as it is prodigious.”
New York Times Book Review
“A gleaming novel of ideas...brazenly clever. He is possessed by a black sense of humor...Burgess is nothing if not outrageous.”
Webster Schott - New York Times Book Review
“A gleaming novel of ideas…brazenly clever. He is possessed by a black sense of humor…Burgess is nothing if not outrageous.”
Alan Furst
“One of my favorite Burgess books. I think he set out to write a satire of a spy novel but he made the story, the writing, the characters, so good that it became an amusing spy novel.”
Francis Brown
“[The] spy novel to end all spy novels.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393346749
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/29/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
362 KB

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Meet the Author

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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Tremor Of Intent 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.