The Horse's Mouth

The Horse's Mouth

Book - 1985
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The Horse's Mouth, the third and most celebrated volume of Joyce Cary's First Trilogy, is perhaps the finest novel ever written about an artist. Its painter hero, the charming and larcenous Gulley Jimson, has an insatiable genius for creation and a no less remarkable appetite for destruction. Is he a great artist? a has-been? or an exhausted, drunken ne'er-do-well? He is without doubt a visionary, and as he criss-crosses London in search of money and inspiration the world as seen though his eyes appears with a newly outrageous and terrible beauty.
Publisher: London : M. Joseph, 1985, c1944
ISBN: 9780718104702
Characteristics: 296 p


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Feb 04, 2015

English writer Joyce Cary's free-spirited, impressionistic portrait of the artist, loosely based on his friend Dylan Thomas. Favoring an idiosyncratic style and sometimes puzzling grammatical choices (new dialogue is not always indented, for example), it's a rather sluggish read and neither its approach or themes have aged particularly well. I actually prefer the 1958 film, which Alec Guinness not only starred in, but wrote the screenplay for.

patienceandfortitude Sep 26, 2013

I understand the Joyce Cary is a very good writer -- his use of language and imagery is astounding, but unfortunately, I didn't like the story, the characters, the humor, or what he has to say.

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