Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess
Earthly Powers is a panoramic saga of the 20th century by Anthony Burgess first published in 1980. On one level it is a parody of a "blockbuster" novel, with the 81-year-old hero, Kenneth Toomey (allegedly based on British author W. Somerset Maugham), telling the story of his life in 81 chapters. It "summed up the literary, social and moral history of the century with comic richness as well as encyclopedic knowingness", according to Malcolm Bradbury.
The 916th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 3rd on Top 10 British, Irish or Commonwealth Novels from 1980 to 2005 (The Observer)
- - 4th on The Greatest 20th Century Novels (Waterstone)
- - 98th on Waterstone's Books of the Century (LibraryThing)