The Horse's Mouth by Joyce Cary

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Joyce Cary wrote two trilogies, or 'triptychs' as he later called them, and both are Faber Finds. The first comprises Herself Surprised (1941), To Be a Pilgrim (1942) and The Horse's Mouth (1944). The Horse's Mouth is a portrait of an artistic temperament. Its protagonist, Gulley Gimson, is an impoverished painter who scorns conventional good behaviour. If a bad citizen, he is a good artist, so wholly preoccupied with his art that he is willing to endure any privation. For Gulley there is but one morality: to be a painter. 'Joyce Cary is an important and exciting writer... To use Tennyson's phrase, he is a Lord of Language ... if you like rich writing full of gusto and accurate original character drawing, you will get it from The Horse's Mouth.' John Betjeman, Daily Herald

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The 752nd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 20th on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (ThisRecording.com)
  2. - 89th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)

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