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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly amazing, 14 Mar. 2006
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P. Attinello (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Book of Prefaces (Paperback)
Among bookish books, one of the best imaginable - important and peculiar fragments from a vast history, with illustrations, intelligent glosses and brilliant transitions; the latter include a full revisionist history of Britain and its (cultural) sorrows and joys. Completely amazing - I had not expected such high quality, nor for the whole to be so unusual and arresting... and I'm merely a transported American, so have no personal need to support northern British art.
You should own this, and spend time with it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A short (?!) history of English, 26 Sept. 2002
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Jim E "JimE" (edinburgh, scotland United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Book of Prefaces (Hardcover)
It's not short nor is it really just about English, but it includes everything from Anglo-Saxon to just about contemporary English - allowing for copyright restrictions etc. Every book you always wanted to read but never actually read is probably here, but of course if you want the subject-matter of the book rather than the preface you will be disappointed. It's really the bluffer's guide to English Literature with a wonderfully florid set of footnotes and glosses which are often (always?) more interesting than the texts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 July 2014
This review is from: The Book of Prefaces (Paperback)
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The Book of Prefaces by Alasdair Gray (Paperback - 4 Nov. 2002)
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