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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.


“The richest comic novel of the last ten years.”

V S Pritchett

“Mr Joyce Cary is an important and exciting writer… 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 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.”

The 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

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