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My favourite book of all time.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Lanark (Canongate Classics) (Hardcover)I first read this book in the late 1980's, and have kept coming back to it ever since. I've read it in its entirety three times now, and shall no doubt read it again. It is absolutely superb - engaging, challenging, bizarre, beautifully written. It lends the lie to the notion that experimental fiction has to be 'difficult'. Somehow Gray manages to take on just about every important philosophical theme without ever losing sight of the fact that it is the characters, with all their human frailties, that ultimately engage us.
For its sheer ambition and imagination, as well as distinctiveness of voice, this book deserves its place in the canon of great experimental literature - alongside Joyce, Woolf, Kafka, Beckett and the other greats.