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Lanark: A Life in Four Books
     

Lanark: A Life in Four Books

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by Alasdair Gray, Janice Galloway (Introduction)
 

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From its first publication in 1981, Lanark was hailed as a masterpiece and it has come to be widely regarded as the most remarkable and influential Scottish novel of the second half of the twentieth century. A work of extraordinary imagination and wide-ranging concerns, its playful narrative conveys at its core a profound message, both personal and political, about

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From its first publication in 1981, Lanark was hailed as a masterpiece and it has come to be widely regarded as the most remarkable and influential Scottish novel of the second half of the twentieth century. A work of extraordinary imagination and wide-ranging concerns, its playful narrative conveys at its core a profound message, both personal and political, about humankind's inability to love, and yet our compulsion to go on trying. With its echoes of Dante, Blake, Joyce, Kafka, and Lewis Carroll, Lanark has been published all over the world and to unanimous acclaim. This collector's edition — deluxe four-volume slipcased and numbered — marks the novel's return to its original publisher and features a superb new introduction by the award-winning novelist Janice Galloway. In addition, it includes the author's Tailpiece, a fascinating addendum to the novel.

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"Probably the greatest novel of the century . . . it marked the beginning of a new era." —Observer

"Remarkable . . . Lanark is a work of loving and vivid imagination, yielding copious riches." —William Boyd, Times Literary Supplement

"I was absolutely knocked out by Lanark. I think it's the best in Scottish literature this century." —Iain Banks, author, The Wasp Factory

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841951201
Publisher:
Canongate Books
Publication date:
03/01/1903
Edition description:
Slipcased
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 3.50(d)

Meet the Author


Alasdair Gray has published 20 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." William Boyd is an award-winning novelist whose works include Any Human Heart, Restless, and Waiting for Sunrise.

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Lanark 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Asruby More than 1 year ago
The book itself is excellent, and you can find reviews of it here, or a description on Wikipedia if you want more details. But I caution you against the Nook Book version. There are more typos in it than I've found in any other e-book I've bought (even some that were cheaper), or in most of the free e-books from gutenberg.org. Paragraph breaks are missing in some of the dialog, making it hard to track who's speaking. There are eight or ten places where parts of sentences are missing. Also, sometimes "n" is substituted for "rt" ("pan" instead of "part") or "d" for "cl" ("dear" instead of "clear"). The book is still enjoyable, but some of the little puzzles the typos create are exasperating.
Felonious More than 1 year ago
I often compare books to food, some are snacks, meals, a feast, etc. Lanark: A Life in 4 Books is a carnivores dream, this book is all meat. It’s 560 pages of metaphors, similes, and a twisted reality that will give your brain plenty to chew on for a long time. Lanark is part fantasy and part biography that took Alasdair Gray nearly 30 years to write. The story is told out of order (book 3 is at the beginning), and the Epilogue comes before the last 4 chapters, yet the story flows perfectly. Alasdair Gray has masterfully created a bizarre fantasy world that is so tightly wrapped around reality that the two become one. I found the story totally unpredictable.. It has a dark, and has bleak feel to it, but somehow it manages to keep a spark of hope throughout the book. The main character isn’t very likable, but I found myself caring for him (or at least what happens to him) and understanding him. As for the other characters it’s more about understanding what they represented. The fact is everything in this book is a representation of some aspect of life. I’m still having Ah-ha moments where I’m putting it all together. I won’t give details simply because I don’t want to ruin any of it. Lanark: A Life In 4 Books is one of the best novels of our time. The title says it all (this book is about life).
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i am a high school student with a little bit of free time that i thought i'd fill in by reading a book. a friend suggested this book and i couldn't put it down. it is not the lightest reading but the book does flow very nicely and i believe that this book does not get as much credit as it deserves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't let reports of a Sci-Fi genre prevent you from reading this book. There is as much in common with James Joyce as with Kurt Vonnegut. Lanark is a masterpiece of prose that follows the flow of poetry. A writer's tragedy and a kunstlerroman filled with subtleties. Gray's commentary accelerates through the typical, and drops the reader off at the final train station: Lanark.