Lanark: A Life in Four Books

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Canongate Books, May 31, 2007 - Fiction - 592 pages
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'Probably the greatest novel of the century' Observer 'Remarkable . . . A work of loving and vivid imagination, yielding copious riches' WILLIAM BOYD Lanark, a modern vision of hell, is set in the disintegrating cities of Unthank and Glasgow, and tells the interwoven stories of Lanark and Duncan Thaw. A work of extraordinary imagination and wide range, its playful narrative techniques convey a profound message, both personal and political, about humankind's inability to love, and yet our compulsion to go on trying. First published in 1981, Lanark immediately established Gray as one of Britain's leading writers.

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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  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Because it falls in what I would consider the "whacky" end of things, I found this a bit of a chore to read at first. However, once one gets past the stylistic aspects, there is treasure to be had. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

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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