Lanark: Undoubtedly top 10

13 05 2006

Book front cover

Writing about web page

Lanark (Canongate Classics)
Alasdair Gray
5 out of 5 stars

Lanark by Alasdair Gray

(Am in the middle of rather a long and ‘difficult’ book at the mo, so a catch up is offered)

Essentially, Lanark is one of the best contemporary novels in English that I have read. Although Burgess recommended it in his somewhat idiosyncratic list (see link) this should not be held against it.

It is Gray’s finest work (although his other books are great too) and well worth the effort.

Am also quite entertained by the website set up by someone to promote the book.

Anyway, regardless of other canoncial exhortations, just read it.




One response

13 05 2006
John Dale

What I don’t understand is how you find the time to read so much. Don’t you have young children? I used to be a prolific reader, but now I struggle to read a book a month. Have you got a cloak of invisibility or something, and if so, can I borrow it?


It’s catch–up. Spent so long reading only books and articles about HE that have been trying to find every opportunity to read all those books have been putting off for years. Two months last summer on Middlemarch rather messed things up though.

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