Lanark has ratings and reviews. Gorkem said: Girizgah: Lanark, hem okunabilirlik açısından hem de yazımsal olarak bakıldığında okuru ciddi ol. Jan 25, When he wrote his first novel, Lanark: A Life in Four Books, Alasdair Gray had a great many things he wanted to accomplish. He wanted to write. Buy Lanark: A Life in Four Books (Canongate Classics) Main by Alasdair Gray, William Boyd (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low .

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for graay us about alasddair problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Lanark by Alasdair Gray. Lanark by Alasdair Gray. This work, originally published inhas been hailed as the most influential Scottish novel of the second half of the 20th century.

Its playful narrative techniques convey a profound message, personal and political, about humankind’s inability to love and yet our compulsion to go on trying. Hardcoverpages. Published November 9th by Canongate Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please allasdair up.

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Is it difficult to read? Barbara I would say yes, quite difficult to read. Some parts flew along while others It’s very well written alasdqir can’t fault it that way and it’s a while now …more I would say yes, quite difficult to read. It’s very well written so can’t fault it that way and it’s a while now since I read it but I think alasdairr the time I got to the end I was glad I had taken the trouble, but it wasn’t the easiest read.

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Sep 30, Paul Bryant rated it really liked it Shelves: Some novels are like the Cheshire Cat, the only thing left of them is their smile. Can’t remember much about this big, crazy book but I alasdairr remember it was big, and crazy, and about Glasgow, and not-Glasgow, which was called Unthank. I thought it was brilliant, but I can’t tell you why now. Everything has faded except akasdair sometimes kanark look up and there’s its smile in the air.

View all 17 comments. If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. It’s only that I’ve always seen reading as a collaborative process between an author and a reader. I a If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review. I also wonder if it matters which mind it comes from, at least when reading fiction. Peter Tillman Well, I’m sorry I missed that party! Nov 29, Mariel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I read Alasdair’s part hopelessly biographical, part darkest fantasy Lanark in the spring of Alasdaor could not read it again.

Those feelings changed boy did they ever and I’d alaseair be able to bear being reminded of those feelings as they probably should have always been in their new light. I feel kinda crazy I read Alasdair’s part hopelessly biographical, part darkest fantasy Lanark in the spring wlasdair I feel kinda crazy sometimes. This is a crazy book, though, so at least I didn’t wander into some cookie-cutter sane land. Man, maybe it was the judgemental quality that Lanark had towards Rima. I read to understand I don’t understand anything the yearning something or other, the thing that makes someone tick.


And this book didn’t give anything back for me now. It was that damned judgemental feeling. I remember and cringe how the men wanted only a pretty face [“the gaggle of sexuality” so faceless! Yeah, it’s a fantasy when tht was the basis all along. Like judging someone for drinking piss in the desert. If it is good enough to feel like an experience, anyway.

An experience Lanark most lznark is. Right or wrong, I’m suffocated by an overdose of that I’m too caught up in the experiencing yray and there are other factors like what was the point of MY reading it? Don’t want it to end this way, and I don’t care at all for class satires, and I’m really fucking depressed now and did I need to be any more depressed than I already was? I’m especially fucked up now on the human connections thing.

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Why’d I have to relate to this of all books? I’m in the minority, too. View all 8 comments. Dec 20, Warwick rated it liked it Shelves: 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 good, but it’s also flawed, as to be fair the author himself admits in a rather interesting confessional Epilogue. The first thing labark notice when you open it up and check out the Contents page is that i I wanted very much to love graay book, which was probably my first mistake. The first thing you notice when you open it up and check out the Contents page is that it is structured in a weird way. First laasdair Book 3, then the Introduction, then Books 1 and 2, and finally Book 4.

So straight away you know you’re dealing with a writer who’s kind of pretentious, and the only question really is if it’s justified by artistic effect or if it’s just a gimmick. On balance it just about worked for me, but it was a close call.

There are two stories in Lanarkwhich are related in obscure ways to one another. Books 1 and 2 tell the story of Duncan Thaw, an asthmatic, intellectual child growing up in Glasgow and finding his feet as an artist.

Books 3 and 4 concern a man called Lanark who finds himself in the strange other-worldly city of Unthank, a place with no sunlight where people mutate into dragons or are devoured by mouths in the ground. Unthank is very much a hellish vision of Glasgow, and there is more than a hint that Lanark himself is really Duncan Thaw trapped in his own personal hell: Thaw’s narrative ends as he walks out into the sea, and Lanark arrives in Unthank with seashells and sand in his pockets.

Of course, you put this together only gradually, since you start by reading Book 3 and only get to Thaw later on. One of the problems with the book is the growing suspicion that Gray just had a couple of mediocre novellas and tried to put them together with some stylistic fireworks to make one Big Novel. But despite my occassional feelings of irritation, in actual fact some of my favourite moments in the book were some of the most contrived, like the section where Lanark meets the author, Alastair Gray himself, who explains exactly what future is about to be written for him.


It’s very neatly handled. But while the Lanark story provides lots of weird and fascinating encounters, the Duncan Thaw narrative inevitably just seems a bit humdrum and dreary in comparison. I must have read a hundred books about asthmatic, intellectual children growing up, having no success with girls, and trying to make themselves into artists. This one is no different – it’s largely modelled on Portrait of the Artistonly without the happy ending.

I found myself having no sympathy with either Thaw or Lanark and I was frustrated by their inability to form decent relationships with people around them. How’s this for the worst-written sex scene I’ve come across for many months: Softly, sadly, he revisited the hills and hollows of a familiar landscape, the sides of his limbs touching sweet abundances with surprisingly hard tips, his endings paddling in the pleats of a wet wound which opened into a boggy cave where little moans bloomed like violets in the blackness.

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There were dank odours and even a whiff of dung. Everywhere there is hray detachment, this cold, observational quality to the writing which was integral to the characters, but which ultimately stopped me really engaging with the novel. It’s a shame, because Book 3 with which the novel opens is a brilliant start, and sadly the graay of the work never quite lives up to the exuberance and originality of those first few chapters.

I feel like some people may enjoy this more than I did, so if people are thinking of checking it out I’d tell them to go for it, and I’d love to hear any of your experiences with it. But it didn’t quite lanar together for me. View all 5 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. This novel is a mix of dystopia with fantasy elements and bildungsroman. We start in the future where we come across a dysfunctional group of pseudo-cognoscenti hanging out lanakr a local cinema-cum-coffee shop called The Elite.

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In this section of the book, Lanark, our hero, lives a rather purposeless life in Unthank parallel universe Glasgowcavorts with these layabouts there before being sucked underground by a giant pair of lips. There he enters a vast Orwellian compound known as The Institute This novel is a mix of dystopia with fantasy elements and bildungsroman. There he enters a vast Orwellian compound known as The Institute where everyone’s a doctor, or becomes one.

He saves a woman, Rima, one of the layabouts, from turning “salamander. But before doing so, he is told the story of his former life as one Duncan Thaw by a portable oracle.

Thaw lived in the real Glasgow, which I was pleased to see meticulously described for the first time in any fiction that I have ever read. Over more than pages Thaw grows from child to neurotic art student. He has terrible asthma.