Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

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By Anthony Burgess

In Earthly Powers Burgess created his masterpiece. At its middle are twentieth-century males who symbolize other kinds of power—Kenneth Toomey, a past-his-prime writer of mediocre fiction, a guy who has outlived his contemporaries to outlive into, sour, sumptuous outdated age, residing in self-exile on Malta; and Don Carlo Campanati, a guy of God, finally of church revolution and a candidate for sainthood loved Pope, who rises in the course of the Vatican as a wise manipulator to develop into the architect.

Through the lives of those sleek males Burgess explores the very essence of strength in a story that spans from Hollywood, to Dublin, Nairobi, Paris, and past.

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El jefe de estudios veía en mi interés cierta vocación culinaria, pero yo no quería hacer postres; la posibilidad de que una de mis asignaturas de COU consistiera en aprender y practicar hasta la perfección el arte de la tarta de manzana me llenó de un gozo sobrenatural, sólo comprensible para un españolito abrumado, sin ir más lejos, por el latín y el griego del curso CALIFORNIA 83 SANTOGRIAL anterior. De todas formas, no quería dejarme llevar por el ímpetu de una elección poco meditada; aquel COU tenía que ser, con diferencia, el más fácil, llevadero y cómodo de toda la historia de los COU californianos.

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