Books: Clockwork Kumquat

ONE HAND CLAPPING by ANTHONY BURGESS 215 pages. Knopf. $5.95.

What a nice coincidence. Anthony Burgess's One Hand Clapping, first published in England eleven years ago, now comes to the lapsed colonies in time to benefit from the publicity for the film version of his subsequent novel A Clockwork Orange.

Both books belong to the same period in the author's richly pleated life, though it is practically useless to divide Burgess's relatively short and unusually prolific writing career into creative periods. Although light years away in style and impact, One Hand, like Clockwork, is an example of Burgess's concern that modern man has...

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