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Life in a Scotch Sitting Room, Vol.2 [Paperback]

Ivor Cutler , Martin Honeysett
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3 Sep 1998
A collection of autobiographical fragments illustrated by Martin Honeysett's drawings which form a second volume of reminiscences following on from Glasgow Dreamer.
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  • Paperback: 85 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (3 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041373580X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413735805
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 529,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scotland's unsung genius 6 Oct 1999
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We have a terrible tradition in our country of despising our greatest talents. Ivor Cutler is a great example of this tradition. Funny, surreal, telling stories about growing up in Glasgow in the 20's and 30's; but these are timeless as well. John Peel has done his best to popularise Cutler; now it's your turn. Celebrate Cutler and buy this book, you won't be disappointed. Best line: "Scotland gets its brains from the herring..."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Genius 6 Jan 2010
First bought the LP, and then the CD and finally the book. Initially, it's hard not to hear Ivor's voice reading in the Third Eye Centre. It's also strange to have the episodes in numerical order, without the Jungle Tips. Honeysett's drawings are a wonderful compensation.

Ivor had such an extraordinary view of life, and a vividly imaginative memory for what life might have been like when he was a child - three generations in a single room, and no facilities, indoor or out.

But it's his gift for economy of phrase that impresses most, to say so much with so few words, each episode barely two short pages. Although this is prose, the dense richness is close to poetry.

Honeysett's drawings are a grotesque delight, lest the mind's eye becomes too sentimental.

All Ivor's books are delightfully small in an age of 1,000 page blockbusters. Savour every word, every image conjured. Read it over and over again, and laugh out loud.
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