The Horse's Mouth
Joyce Cary

The Horse's Mouth

The Horse’s Mouth, famously filmed with Alec Guinness in the central role, is a portrait of an artistic temperament. Its principal character, Gulley Jimson, is an impoverished painter who bothers little about conventional values. His unquestioning certainty that he must live and paint according to his intuition without regard for the cost to himself or others makes him a man of great, if sometimes flawed, vision.

Book Details:

  • Author: Joyce Cary
  • Published Year: 1944
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    • US: New York Review of Books
    • UK: Faber
    • Italy: Elliot Edizioni

Joyce Cary

Joyce Cary was born in 1888 into an old Anglo-Irish family and educated at Clifton. He studied art, first in Edinburgh and then in Paris , before going up to Trinity College, Oxford, in 1909 to read law. On coming down he served as a Red Cross orderly in the Balkan War of 1912-13,the inspiration for Memoir of the Bobotes , before joining the Nigerian Political Service. He served in the Nigeria Regiment during the First World War, was wounded while fighting in the Cameroons, and returned to civil duty in Nigeria in 1917 as a district officer. His time in Africa provided the inspiration for h...
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Book Reviews

  • "Mr Joyce Cary is an important and exciting writer: there’s no doubt about that.. 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
  • "The coming to perfect ripeness of a rare and blessed talent; and I recommend it out of a profound personal appreciation and joy."
    Pamela Hansford Johnson
  • "The richest comic novel of the last ten years."
    VS Pritchett
  • "The Horse’s Mouth has the kick of ten stallions. Mr Joyce Cary writes at top pace, at the top of his voice, and the top of his form”"
    Observer
  • "Mr Joyce Cary is a most exciting novelist. There is a thrill in his books which comes from his own extraordinary vision of men and women, he writes so well, with such a fine understanding that at the end the reader feels there is nothing left to be said about the person, nothing left that one wants to know…the book is real and true. It flows over with life."
    Daily Telegraph