Lanark: A Life in Four Books
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,... show more
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. Widely recognised as a modern classic, Alasdair Gray's magnum opus was first published in 1981 and immediately established him as one of Britain's leading writers. Comparisons have been made to Dante, Blake, Joyce, Orwell, Kafka, Huxley and Lewis Carroll. This timely new edition should cement his reputation as one of our greatest living writers.
Publish date: August 18th 2011
Publisher: Canongate UK
Pages no: 573
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Literary Fiction
(Original Review, 1981-03-10)I don't have problem with intertextual interpretation as such. It's only that I've always seen reading as a collaborative process between an author and a reader. If you look at it that way, it makes you wonder which parts of deep reading “Lanark” come from the mind of Al...
This went from:Book 3- definite favourite book ever!Book 1-... I'll skip thisBook 2-... I'll skip thisBook 4-... .... .... ....Sad. I think it is cruel to create an immersive and surprising world that draws the reader in, then spend 3 other books talking about your own life and revealing ev...
I wanted very much to love this book, which was probably my first mistake. I had heard a lot of extremely complimentary things about how it was the most unusual, eccentric and meaningful novel various people had read for ages, and I probably came to it with rather exaggerated hopes. Anyway, it's goo...
It opens with Book III Chapter 1. The EliteThe Elite Café was entered by a staircase from the foyer of a cinema.This reads like a post modern Ulysses and I didn't enjoy that too much either. Parts 1 and 2 are about one named person, and 3 and 4 about another.Part 3 comes first.And then it is discove...