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Lanark: A Life in Four Books
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Lanark: A Life in Four Books [Format Kindle]

Alasdair Gray

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Lanark, a modern vision of hell set in the disintegrating cities of Unthank and Glasgow, tells the interwoven stories of Lanark and Duncan Thaw. A work of extraordinary, playful imagination, it conveys a profound message, both personal and political, about humankind's inability to love, and yet our compulsion is to go on trying. First published in 1981, Lanark immediately established Gray as one of Britain's leading writers, compared with - among others - Dante, Blake, Joyce, Orwell, Kafka, Huxley and Lewis Carroll. This new edition includes an introduction by William Boyd as well as the author's fascinating addendum, the 'Tailpiece' (2001).

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 596 pages
  • Editeur : Canongate Books; Édition : New edition (31 mai 2007)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002VM7FWQ
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Highly readable contemporary Scottish fiction 28 octobre 2012
Par skiersexcuse - Publié sur
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Alasdair Gray's Lanark is a grimy and dystopian allegory of the afterlife and working class life in Glasgow (renamed Unthank) in the latter half of last century that bookends a poignant and often dark realistic bildungsroman.

Most importantly, it is highly readable novel littered with musings on the nature of art, writing, sex, class and politics.

The four books together defy classification: it is part satire, part tragicomedy, part polemic. I highly recommend.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best book ever 4 novembre 2013
Par Esther McNaughton - Publié sur
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The most imaginative and interesting book I have read. This is a real lirerary classic. I think this book is suitable for people who like surreal, metaphorical books.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Gary's masterwork 19 mai 2013
Par Phipedro - Publié sur
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There's no-one quite like Alasdair Gray from the Blakean illustrations to the quirky stories. But even among his output, Lanark is special. An alternative SF history of Scotland and Glasgow in particular. I go back to it once a decade or so, and it's always worth it.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Get it! 28 avril 2013
Par Lance - Publié sur
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It's one of the most magnificent things I've ever read. Gray has an ability to capture profound truths in words that I would liken to Vonnegut, combined with a style that recalls Kafka, Joyce, Dante. If you like any of those authors I just listed, do yourself a favor and pick up this book immediately. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It was the best of times. 21 juillet 2010
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Wait! No it wasn't. It was the worst of times (again!), I think. Or, the times were at least as bad as the last time. But, what's happened to time? And, what's happened to place? Most of all, what's happened to me?

We are being taken somewhere that is not like where we were, but we can't remember where we were - or when. There's that time thing again; maybe, we think, we don't need time; but we do, so we have to find a way to find some.

This book is about something, somewhen, leading somewhere with some point that Gray wanted to make. I really hope he made it. It isn't important whether I recognized it as it went by. I was trying to figure out how I could avoid being what, when and where this was.

The main character is named Lanark and/or Thaw. He, or one of him, is dead. Or, the one who was that is now dead is also the one who is now alive or this second one is the dead first one somewhere else. Whatever he is, he isn't very likable. This puts him in good company with every other unlikable person. We are told about him(s) and the others by the author or the author's author.

Is a metafiction created by the author as author the same as a metafiction created by the author about another author? Is it still a metafiction or is it only the author sticking himself into the one fiction? Does the answer to either of those questions make a bit of difference? And, was there any reason for the last question, before this, or was it presumed to be asked before it, or this second question before this question mark and after the previous?

Confused (there should be a question mark next, but I don't want this to be confused as being a part of the previous questions, so I'll consider 'Confused' (the first) to be a statement of fact rather than an interrogatory).

It is worth the price of the book to read the Epilogue (which isn't one). By the by, Part 1 is not first, either; though, given everything else going on, no one should expect it to be. And, part of the time is spent in hell. All for one inclusive price and set of pages - that include Gray's art work.

To put it succinctly, if you need a book to start at A and go to Z and say The End - run from this one. If you need a book to actually make sense in such a way that you know what's going on or has gone on - join the race to the door. If you need likable characters or characters that make sense - recite the Who's on First? routine as you put this book down (un-bought).

If anyone is left, this is not an easy book to read or like - but it is a lot of fun. That's why I spend so much time reading. I've ordered three more by Gray. Consider that statement as a recommendation for this one.
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