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Honey for the Bears #2020

Honey for the Bears A sharply written satire Honey for the Bears sends an unassuming antiques dealer Paul Hussey to Russia to do one final deal on the black market as a favor for a dead friend s wife Even on the ship

  • Title: Honey for the Bears
  • Author: Anthony Burgess
  • ISBN: 9780393314410
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback
  • Honey for the Bears By Anthony Burgess, A sharply written satire, Honey for the Bears sends an unassuming antiques dealer, Paul Hussey, to Russia to do one final deal on the black market as a favor for a dead friend s wife Even on the ship s voyage across, the Russian sensibility begins to pervade lots of secrets and lots of vodka When his American wife is stricken by a painful rash and he is interrogated atA sharply written satire, Honey for the Bears sends an unassuming antiques dealer, Paul Hussey, to Russia to do one final deal on the black market as a favor for a dead friend s wife Even on the ship s voyage across, the Russian sensibility begins to pervade lots of secrets and lots of vodka When his American wife is stricken by a painful rash and he is interrogated at his hotel by Soviet agents who know that he is trying to sell stylish synthetic dresses to the masses starved for fashion, his precarious inner balance is thrown off for good More drink follows, discoveries of his wife s illicit affair with another woman, and his own submerged sexual feelings come breaking through the surface, bubbling up in Russian champagne and caviar.

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    1. Honey for the Bears is a very interesting social commentary written about the earlier period of the Cold War It is an all together well written novel that uses witty humor to make the reader both laugh and think While not being the funniest novel I ve read, it seems that Burgess meant to use the humor to create a buffer for the taboo subject of Homosexuality present throughout the second half of the novel It is not what I consider to be explicit but may shock some than others so read at your o [...]

    2. A lively Cold War satire featuring a naive English antique dealer who becomes enmeshed in a fish out of water farmer in the city style comedy farce.Paul Hussey and his American wife take a trip to Leningrad to sell some dresses on the black market for a dead friend s widow, only for things to go awry from the outset as he runs up against a pair of secret policemen and she falls into the clutches of an unusually attentive hospital.When Burgess wrote this entertaining if ultimately flimsy novel Ru [...]

    3. Some book don t age very well, and Burgess Honey for the Bears is certainly one of them Set in Khrushchev s Soviet Union it tells about Paul Hussey, a middle aged dealer in antiques who goes to Leningrad to try to sell some dresses However, this plan immediately goes haywire Honey for the Bears is advertised as a comedy, but although Paul s adventures in Leningrad are quite absurd, funny they re not Instead they are too often beyond believability to hold the reader Moreover, Paul is in no way a [...]

    4. Two and a half stars Probably of a product of its times than other books by Burgess from this prolific period, this is a slow, highly descriptive novel with a touch of situational comedy The typically impotent and ineffectual lead caracter is a bit pathetic than in other books and frankly quite impossible to like or relate with The humour is drab and the depictions of the typically russian are perhaps iron curtain appropriate but sound a bit dated and offensive today Only Burgess all abiding l [...]

    5. The hero of this story undertakes a trip to Russia to do a favour for the widow of his close friend Carrying suitcases full of dresses, he hopes to sell them on the black market , and to make a financial killing The Russians are eagerly awaiting his arrival, but his reception in the country is not quite what he had anticipated This excellent, highly entertaining novel, written in 1963, takes a realistic but warmly sympathetic look at life in Kruschchev s USSR The plot is cleverly devised and the [...]

    6. Satire involving a not terribly good clothing smuggler, set primarily in Leningrad during the Cold War, with undercurrent themes of sexual orientation It s a little tough to find sympathy for a protagonist with such formulaic approaches to women, and nobody s going to put this toward the top of Burgess s work, but it does pretty much nail cultural dissonance and has its moments.

    7. Honey for the Bears, published originally in 1963, is meant to be commentary on the cold war Burgess mocks both communism and capitalism in an effort to state the universal truth that The State is ultimately The State and people are ultimately people the different our social views and constructs, the apparent the uniformity of humanity The commentary isn t veiled in the slightest, and I suppose his point comes across Perhaps it was even poignant in 1963, and I can only imagine it would have be [...]

    8. A sharply written satire, Honey for the Bears sends an unassuming antiques dealer, Paul Hussey, to Russia to do one final deal on the black market as a favor for a dead friend s wife Even on the ship s voyage across, the Russian sensibility begins to pervade lots of secrets and lots of vodka When his American wife is stricken by a painful rash and he is interrogated at his hotel by Soviet agents who know that he is trying to sell stylish synthetic dresses to the masses starved for fashion, his p [...]

    9. I don t know what to make of Anthony Burgess Satiric Homophobic Repressed Ahead of his time The only other thing I ve read by him is Earthly Powers, which by many is considered his greatest work and I did enjoy it I ve seen A Clockwork Orange I only read this one due it s being published in 1963 Parts of it were really funny parts disturbing parts absurd I suspect part of the problem is that the Cold War has been over for some time, so those references are lost on the modern reader Overall, I th [...]

    10. Slightly disappointing There aren t the usual linguistic fireworks that you expect from Burgess, although a few sentances do catch the ear In terms of plot it s a rather loose jaunt through Soviet era St Petersberg, with plenty of smuggling and secret police, although the book never gets as exciting as those words would suggest Burgess has treated the Cold War successfully in Any Old Iron, or Earthly Powers for that matter Still, this one s not without interest and some of the comic set pieces [...]

    11. I looooooved it Burgess is the bomb My favorite things 1 I needed to have a dictionary handy while reading I 3 expanding my vocabulary.2 The story takes place mostly in Leningrad and Burgess thoroughly wraps you up in Soviet culture, complete with a slightly grimy feeling of being in a run down city.3 Hilarious This book makes me want to read A Clockwork Orange which would have seemed frightening before If you re into Russia, satire, ambiguous sexuality and the black market, this book is for you [...]

    12. It s nice to read a Cold War story set in the Soviet Union, if you re into that kind of thing And if you re into that kind of thing you ll enjoy Burgess s novel It delivers on all it s early promises, though they re not executed as deftly as I d hoped when I started into it The book strives for a Graham Greene elegance but is scuttled by a subtle but constant Kafkian undertow Which is great, if you re into that kind of thing.

    13. This darkly comic tale of a visit to 1960s Soviet Russia has a nightmarish quality Paul Hussey is trying to sell smuggled nylon dresses but he lurches drunkenly around the hotel bars, ballrooms and hospitals of a Leningrad that repels and seduces equally and makes him ask questions about who he is and where he belongs.

    14. ESTE ME PARECE UN LIBRO RIQUISIMO EN JUEGOS DE LENGUAGE DEL RUSO Y DEMAS, POR LO QUE MAS ESTOY AGRADECIDO CON BURGESS, NO POR LA NARANJA MECANICA QUE NO TENGO DEPRAVACION DE LEERLA PESE A HABER LLEGADO A LA PAGINA 50 AL MENOS 5 VECES POR UN VOGUE EXTRANHO, PERO HAY TANTOS OTROS LIBROS DE EL, UN GENIO UNICO, COMO SHAKESPEARE O JOYCE

    15. One of those books you feel was deeper then you understood it to be and feel needs another read to fully understand Tho you know you won t read it again as it wasn t really that compelling a read.Funny it had it s moments Thought provoking it had fewer of these but some A page turner you ll be thinking about what to read next half way through.

    16. Incredibly clever, funny, and perverted Some people argue that this book didn t age well and I m inclined to disagree it was a pleasure to read in 2014 considering Putin is president Some of Paul s shenanigans were absurd to a fault but funny nonetheless.

    17. When I first read this book, I remember being amazed that There are other gay people In literature The story is strange, very strange, but Burgess has such a unique storytelling style and microscopic attention to detail.

    18. You need a pension for Russian history if you re going to attempt to read this This is a great novel about struggle for simplicity where there is none If you re expecting the same charm in the protagonist as the one found in A Clockwork Orange than this is definitely NOT your novel.

    19. This book was pretty terrible in comparison to A Clockwork Orange or The Wanting Seed The events occurring in the book had potential to be interesting, but the way it was written made it boring from beginning to end An easy read, but a waste of time.

    20. Burgess, best known for A Clockwork Orange sets this in Soviet Russia Satirizes both capitalism and socialism, as I recall What s most memorable is Burgess incredible linguistic gifts.

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