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Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 10:37:43 +0100 (BST)
From: =?iso-8859-1?q?Malco?= 
Subject: Re: (urth) A book worth buying?

Hi Zx,
He does say that, but he also admits that although
Thaw/Lanark is based on himself they have been altered
in various ways in order that the reader will become
more attached to them. In any case, I trust Nastler as
far as I can comfortably spit out a rat.
Personally I dislike the idea of the books being bound
separately, it might give someone the nasty idea of
reading them in the "right" order. Which would be the
wrong thing to do.
I'll also say that Lanark deals with the judgement of
a society following an assessment of the main
character by a council of representatives. And I was
particularly taken by the passage where Thaw accuses
God of using "a torturers trick"  (!!!) to gain his
worship. Thaw prays for mercy during an awful asthma
attack.


ArchD'Ikon Zibethicus wrote:
Malco:>Lanark by Alasdair Gray
Interesting...I was gonna suggest the very same thing.
Bear in mind, tho', that Mr. Gray - encountered in the
book as the author, Nastler - is very reluctant to
have 'Lanark' regarded as science fiction. He shouts
indignantly that _he_ is writing about _real
people_...
If you really want to spend some money on it,
Bloomsbury have issued a 20th Anniversary edition; a
boxed set with all four volumes as an individual book. 35.00:

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