Lanark: A Life in Four Books (Google eBook)

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Canongate Books, May 31, 2007 - Fiction - 592 pages
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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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User Review  - greeniezona - LibraryThing

I'd had this book on my to-read list for ages. Jessa put it on the 100 Best Books of the 20th century list for Bookslut, and had raved to me about Gray enough that I'd read and loved Poor Things and ... Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

the author aimed to land somewhere between Peter Ackroyd and James Joyce. While he did that, I'm a long way from entranced by the way he did it. I also am not fond of the POV character. He seems a ... Read full review

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Thirty years in the writing and published in 1981, Lanark: A Life in Four Books was Alasdair Gray's first novel. Since then he has published twenty books, most of them novels and short stories. In his own words, 'Alasdair Gray is a fat, spectacled, balding, increasingly old Glaswegian pedestrian who has mainly lived by writing and designing books, most of them fiction.'

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