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Publisher's Weekly
Fifty years in the lives of two families--one Russian-Welsh, another Jewish--are traced from WW I to the founding of Israel. PW described this as ''a novel that is for the most part breathlessly readable, touching and funny by turns, and which passes much of the history of this dreadful century in finely sardonic review.''

Library Journal
Narrated by an English Jew whose intellectual and amorous misadventures crisscross those of three bizarre children of a Welsh father and a Russian mother, the story--from the sinking of the Titanic to the founding of Israel--is a melange of fact and fiction, often outrageously broad and comic. But a substratum of anguish is also evident. Love endures but rarely satisfies. Strife, violence, and rebellion abound: British prisoners die escaping; Russian DPs fail to avoid repatriation; Welsh nationalists initiate a futile uprising. Suggesting that we seek peace and love through forgetting and forgiving, Burgess lacquers his ''message'' with a vaguely mythic overlay that focuses on King Arthur's sword but fails to signify definitively. Readers should nevertheless enjoy Burgess's wondrous energy and imagination. His scenes are ever vibrant, his personages memorable.-- Arthur Waldhorn, City Coll., CUNY

 
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Hardback Editions

May 1989 : UK Hardback
Title: Any Old Iron
Author(s): Anthony Burgess
ISBN: 0-09-173842-3 / 978-0-09-173842-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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January 1989 : USA Hardback
Title: Any Old Iron
Author(s): Anthony Burgess
ISBN: 0-394-57484-2 / 978-0-394-57484-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

September 1992 : UK Paperback
Title: Any Old Iron
Author(s): Anthony Burgess
ISBN: 0-09-982640-2 / 978-0-09-982640-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 1990 : UK Paperback
Title: Any Old Iron
Author(s): Anthony Burgess
ISBN: 0-09-965830-5 / 978-0-09-965830-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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September 1990 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Any Old Iron
Author(s): Anthony Burgess
ISBN: 0-671-72708-7 / 978-0-671-72708-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Washington Square Press
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