One Hand Clapping

Sometimes when I m at work and waiting for customers I think about the two of us living like kings and not bothering about the future Because there may not be any future to bother about, you know Not for anybody, one of these days And it s a wicked world Average couple Janet and Howard s lives begin to unravel when Howard s photographic memory helps win him a gameshow Sometimes when I m at work and waiting for customers I think about the two of us living like kings and not bothering about the future Because there may not be any future to bother about, you know Not for anybody, one of these days And it s a wicked world Average couple Janet and Howard s lives begin to unravel when Howard s photographic memory helps win him a gameshow fortune Janet doesn t want their lives to change that much She s quite happy working at the supermarket, cooking for her husband three times a day and watching quiz shows in the evening.But once Howard unleashes his photographic brain on the world, the once modest used car salesman can t seem to stop.And what he sees as the logical conclusion to his success isn t something Janet can agree to.
One Hand Clapping Sometimes when I m at work and waiting for customers I think about the two of us living like kings and not bothering about the future Because there may not be any future to bother about you know Not

  • Title: One Hand Clapping
  • Author: Anthony Burgess
  • ISBN: 9780786706310
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “One Hand Clapping”

    1. I really liked this book. It's a definite classic, but more than that, it's also way ahead of its time as far as innovation and imagination goes, with amazing characters and a peculiarly original plot.

    2. Wonderful book, like dark chocolate -- so sweet yet bitter at the same time. Janet Shirley is so much fun as a narrator, she's the perfect foil for Alex in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. At first she seems sweet, fun, down to earth and kind. Only little by little do you notice that she's not much interested in other people, only in her own pleasures. The nature of the pleasures is interesting, too. She's not a sadist like Alex, far from it. If she had her way she'd just be left to enjoy herself innocently [...]

    3. Anthony Burgess is a little on the strange side. Most well known for his bookA Clockwork Orange Burgess not only creates a unique world for his stories, he creates new rules and an entire new language. When I began this book I had to read and reread the first few pages a couple times to get into my head the cadence and tone of the woman speaking. If you can't find the voice of Janet in your head you won't have nearly as much fun as the totally unexpected events unfold. Burgess lulls you into a f [...]

    4. Burgess’s 1961 satirical jeu, “dashed off to make a hundred pounds or so,” concerns that evergreen of topics: “The cheapness and the vulgarity and silliness and brutishness and nastiness of everything and everybody.” Is there any other topic worth writing about? Narrated by typical northern lass Janet Shirley, the novel uses the quiz show as a metaphor for the above commentary—how the Great Poets & Writers remain unread and unappreciated, relegated to trivia questions and fodder [...]

    5. My first encounter with the works of Burgess came in the 1970s, starting with A Clockwork Orange, after which I read several of his novels in a frenzy. The others were: A Vision of Battlements; Enderby (it was a single novel, with just that simple title, and not the current omnibus); The Wanting Seed; Napoleon Symphony; and this one, One Hand Clapping. To sum him up in the most general way, Burgess is indeed something else. I found all of his novels at least memorably entertaining, and a couple [...]

    6. This novel is a social satire that warns against the effects of complacency and too much television. Janet and Howard are lower-middle-class residents of Bradcaster who have fallen into a familial marital routine of working, eating, and watching television. Janet is beautiful, but her education leaves a lot to be desired. Howard possesses the uncommon gift of a photographic memory which he uses to win a large sum of cash on a game show. He specialises in books and literature. Howard’s acquisit [...]

    7. The main appeal for most of One Hand Clapping is the interesting narrative. While "slow moving" for 3 quarters of the book, the main character Janet has an interesting voice and is written as though she's talking to you as a friend. She's quite likable and therefore makes the seinfeld-esque story about nothing compelling. It's essentially a story of a man (Janet's husband Howard) who sets out on a mission to figure out whether or not life is worth living in a very Albert Camus sort of fashion. I [...]

    8. My first Burgess after reading "A Clockwork Orange" in high school. An easy read with an entertaining narrative and interesting story. I'll definitely have to read more of his stuff!

    9. 'It takes two hands to clap' is one of my lil bro's catchphrases, always used in the wrong context but always amusingly funny.

    10. This is my first Burgess book. I found it very annoying.The two main characters are a ditz named Janet and her dull, somewhat inconsiderate, but very sweet and doting husband, Howard. Life is going along blandly but steadily until Janet's sister tries to commit suicide in their house.Soon after, Howard gets on a game show and wins a £1,000 (in 1961). He bets on the horses at ridiculous odds and turns it into £80,000 (so they're "very rich", according to the book). Then Howard takes Janet to va [...]

    11. If there was no other reason for getting married, that would be as good a reason as any, the way it keeps you warm in bed. ____________________________________________________ New York was quite interesting, and we saw all the things we'd already seen on the films, like Broadway and Harlem and Madison Square, also Fifth Avenue. The difference between the films and the real thing was, as I said, mainly that the real thing had its own smell and the real thing was more genuine, with people spitting [...]

    12. Very weird (Anthony Burgess of course) book that reminded me in some ways of Infinite Jest the way that most people interpreted real life events through the lens of television shows to make sense of them. That they were so disassociated with reality that it needed an artificial television narrative to make sense of it. In this world, there is a couple one of whom has the disassociated television series filter view of the world and the other who has a warped classical philosophical sort of nihili [...]

    13. This is a story written in 1960 by the writer of "The Clockwork Orange" and narrated by a 24 year old woman, a pretty working class young women who is married to a man with a photographic memory. The idea appealed to me as my memory is quite photographic too. This edition has an introduction which I wish I hadn't read as it gave the game away. Some of this was an interesting read but the style of the writing by the women was like a memoir and I found her voice a bit irritating. Burgess was comme [...]

    14. The story is narrated by Janet, in a completely dispassionate, matter-of-fact manner. She seems somewhat older than her 23 years, but that may be a British thing to which I can't relate. The style of narration is in sharp contrast to the events that unfold, making the ending all the more horrifying. I was left feeling unsettled, like after I watched Hitchcock's Psycho.Overall, I'd recommend it, but don't expect to experience any warm fuzzies!

    15. 8.7Vivid, striking, and consistently engaging, One Hand Clapping fits well within Burgess' impressive bibliography. It's an easy book to describe, and though quite dark in terms of theme, is kept extremely lightweight. Death is treated like a casual inconvenience, and 55000 post-war GBP treated like a worthless sum to be used and abused. Really fun read.

    16. I read this at some point after finishing school, feeling a continuing admiration for the author of A Clockwork Orange and wondering if his other titles were as good. The basic story of this one has stuck with me over the years, as have a few specific scenes. It deserves more attention than I think it got.

    17. At only 216 pages it still came in as a very long read. A story contrived in order to preach about the fallacies of modern life. As dull as dishwasher water,very boring and predictable. Extremely disappointed as I do love Burgess. Check out "a clockwork orange" or "the doctor is sick" as better examples of Burgess' undoubted talent.

    18. If you like Clockwork Orange, you should read this one too. It's not quite the same, but still a good read. It's too bad Burgess is mostly just known for Clockwork Orange when he has many other enjoyable books, too.

    19. Clever little book by a very clever chap that loves his cleverness. I was mostly engaged & entertained but I have quite a few buts & would rather discuss these 'buts' with you over a cup of tea.I give this novella a 7 out of 10.

    20. Взех тази книга, защото много харесвам "Портокал с часовников механизъм" и бях любопитен да прочета още нещо от Бърджес. Книгата е написана добре, но за съжаление не ми допаднаха нито историята, нито героите.

    21. This is probably the quickest reads of all of Burgess' books that I have read thus far. Great plot, interesting characters, and as always subtle social commentary.

    22. An excellent thriller in the vein of Patricia Highsmitht quite what I expected, but definitely a good read!

    23. I read this book in high school and I was completely blown away by the humor and voice. One of my all time favorites.

    24. The language of Burgess is wonderful - that's the voice and these are the words of the real common people.

    25. Arkadaş! Bu nasıl bir ifade yeteneğidir? Bu nasıl bir “Aslında edebiyat yapmıyorum, bu alalade bir roman işte” cümleleri ile edebiyatın tavanına ulaşmaktır? Semerkant’ı okurken, Livaneli için “bir erkek, bir kadının ağzından bu kadar mükemmel nasıl yazabilir?” diye düşünmüştüm; hayran kalmıştım. Ama bu kitapta düşüncem bir tık daha üste çıktı. Zira entellektüel bir kadını dile getirmekle cahil ama enteresan bir şekilde yüksek farkındalığı o [...]

    26. Man, what a tremendous letdown. Tremendous? Maybe not tremendous. What a letdown, though! I read this maybe five, six years ago and absolutely loved it. Just loved it. This time around, kept waiting for it to get lovable, and it never did. It really never did. The voice is cool; maybe I hadn't seen the Office UK at that point yet and was taken by the British narrator. I dunno; all I can say is this bored me this time around. It's a simple story, and it succeeds where it's trying to succeed in te [...]

    27. “Otomatik Portakal”ın yazarı Anthony Burgess’ın biraz gözardı edilmiş romanı “Bir Elin Sesi Var” ilk defa 1961 yılında yayımlanmış. Burgess’ın “Otomatik Portakal” romanındaki gibi çok sade ve eğlenceli dili romanı bir çırpıda bitirmenize neden oluyor. TV’deki bir bilgi yarışmasında sadece fotoğrafik bir belleği olduğu için büyük para ödülünü kazanan işçi sınıfından bir genç ve onun güzel karısının değişen hayatını anlatan kitap yo [...]

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