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Lanark – Alasdair Gray



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Lanark – Alasdair Gray – 1981

Posted by Joffre on 1/11/2015, 15:47:54

Anyone read Alasdair Gray’s Lanark? Any reason not to read that on Kindle?

I’m reading Morrison’s Song of Solomon now. I just started it this morning. Must be twenty years since I first read Beloved.

Otherwise, I’ve been reading stuff about philosophy. Mostly stuff about philosophy. I started with The Sickness Unto Death. Then I read A Very Short Introduction to Kierkegaard. Then from that series, I read Foucault, Kant, and Ethics, and from a similar series Free Will. I think I’m going to read about Beauty now.


Posted by Sterling on 1/11/2015, 17:25:26, in reply to “lanark, etc.”

I’ve read Lanark. Very odd book, but I enjoyed it. It does have some typographical tricks and such that may not transfer well on kindle. Not to mention a few memorable illustrations. I would actually recommend reading it on paper.

I’ve never been able to get myself to read Morrison. My loss, I suppose.

I’ve actually been reading about philosophy a little as well. Over the past year, I have been making my way through Copleston’s History of Philosophy, having already read Russell’s History. I got another one, too. Cheaply. Used. it looks like it is overly analytical and mathematic. I may not read this.

BTW, Beauty? “Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” Everybody knows that. :^)


Posted by Joffre on 1/11/2015, 19:34:42, in reply to “Re: lanark, etc.”

Thanks, Sterling. That’s what I wanted to know. For some reason, I imagined that Lanark had devices that might not work well on Kindle. I must have read something about that.

I’m not, so far, a big fan of Morrison. I read Beloved in the first two or three years of my reading. I’ve read it once since then. I like it well enough, but I’m not crazy about it. Song of Solomon has been languishing on my list for years because Harold Bloom calls it Morrison’s best novel. I don’t expect to read any other of her novels.


Posted by Steven on 3/11/2015, 19:49:50, in reply to “Re: lanark, etc.”

I read Lanark and Song of Solomon earlier this year and liked both of them. Lanark is a bizarre mixture of a conventional realist coming-of-age novel sandwiched between halves of a surreal dystopian nightmare. I liked Song of Solomon much better than Beloved.

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