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gyp
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I thought that there would have been a thread on him by now but I couldn't find one using the search. I've just finished 1982 Janine and was deeply impressed. After the first chapter I was wondering how he could sustain the narrator's fantasies for the duration of the novel but as things went along reality intruded more and more. It's full of typographical innovations (which I'm guessing Irvine Welsh was 'inspired' by when writing Filth) and is one of the few books that have been described to me as 'challenging' that I enjoyed as well as was impressed by.

I want to end with some sort of question to avoid a nil thread, but I guess I'll just hope that someone has something interesting to say... (shuffles off awkwardly)

(Edited to rectify mind-blowingly embarrassing mis-titling.)

[ 08.10.2004, 21:24: Message edited by: gyp ]

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I've been meaning to start a thread on Alasdair Gray for ages. Lanark is one of the most astonishing books I've ever read, and I've just started (ahem) 1982, Janine, which is just perfect so far. All the Flann O'Brien fans on the board should would dig Lanark, I reckon; it's in a similar vein to At Swim two Birds and The Third Policemen, only with a more visionary / philosophical tone.

But I won't have anything interesting to say until another time, when I've not just returned from the pub and it's not just gone midnight.

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I've had Lanark for at least 10 years and I've not been able to finish it yet, despite several attempts. What am I missing?

I find it incredibly slow.

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I'm with you Willie. I eventually gave up, the will to read draining out of me until I just tossed it. I haven't been tempted by anything else of his.

[ 14.10.2004, 17:33: Message edited by: Erskine Bridges ]

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I've just finished, and thoroughly enjoyed, Lanark. Where do I go next?
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I've just finished, and thoroughly enjoyed, Poor Things - you could go there.

It's a very different novel to Lanark, but recognisable throughout as Gray's endlessly surprising work: a quicker read but with no less depth or imagination. Loads of fascinating stuff about gender roles in/and Victorian Britain.

I don't want to say anything about it, cause if I give you any spoilers it might feel like I'm reading over your shoulder.

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Cheers.
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I loved Lanark, but can't really see the Flann O'Brien similarities. O'Brien's a much more humorous writer, and is engaged in much more postmodern tricksiness - all his stuff is as much about the limitations of novel form, as anything else, whereas Lanark seems a really imaginative extension of those limitations...
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The Epilogue was a bit Flann O'Brien-ish.
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Ah, yeah. D'you know, I'd actually forgotten about that...
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Alasdair Gray's blog can be found here.
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