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5.0 out of 5 stars More revolutionary stuff from the crank who started it., 31 May 2004
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Gray's second turn, following his indespensible debut "Lanark", is a book that truly desrves the epithet "iconoclastic". We have never seen its like before nor, sadly, will we ever again. A series of short narratives that recall the surrealism and invention of "Lanark"'s 3rd and 4th books and that lay down the recurring themes that would mark Gray's work throughout the 1980s. From the opening tale of "The Star", a narrative written when Gray was only 17 and already displaying his prodigious talent, through the typographical pyrotechnics of "Logopandocy" to the utterly sublime "Five Letters from an Eastern Empire", Gray never fails to astonish or disappoint. As you would expect from the erstwhile artist, it is also a gorgeous book to behold, embellished with Gray's quirky black & white illustrations throughout and experimental typesetting that would come to a head in "1982, Janine".
"Unlikely Stories" is a perfect starting place for those curious about the work of Scotland's greatest living writer as well as essential for fans of his other work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different and brilliant, 9 Jan. 2013
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I had not read any of his work until I heard him on the radio and wanted to find out more about his work. Bought this as a starter and greatly enjoy his allegorical, spare writing. Written years ago, it is rooted in its time but continues to speak to the social circumstances of today. I will read much more of his work.
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Unlikely Stories, Mostly by Alasdair Gray (Paperback - 12 April 1984)
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