Honey for the Bears

Honey for the Bears

by Anthony Burgess


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"There are so few genuinely entertaining novels around that we ought to cheer whenever one turns up. Continuous, fizzing energy…Honey for the Bears is a triumph." —Kingsley Amis, New York Times

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393346381
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/05/2013
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 657,693
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Anthony Burgess (1917–1993) is the author of many works, including The Wanting Seed, Nothing Like the Sun, and Re Joyce. A Clockwork Orange is one of the "100 best novels" of both Time magazine and Modern Library and is on David Bowie's Book List.

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Honey for the Bears 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Widsith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 more 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 are quite nicely handled.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago