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A truly divine comedy - in every sense,
This review is from: Lanark: A Life in 4 Books (Paperback)
This incredible book tells the story of Duncan Thaw (lanark after his first death) and his struggle in his life and indeed his death to be loved. This book will both amuse you and at the same time question some of the facts we all take for granted. The book opens after Thaws death, where we are introduced to him under the name of lanark as he struggles to come to terms with life in his own personal version of hell - a disintegrating and slum like Glasgow. Escape does come, but with its own price and Lanark find that life in the institute is not for hin either. At this stage the plot switches to the life of Thaw and his own downward spiral towards death, before returning to conclude Lanark's tale (I won't say more for fear of ruining the plot). I think one of the most enjoyable parts for me was the appearance of Gray himself - justifying his plot and its development to the readers as well as to his central character. Its surreal, its witty and it is the best thing I have read for years. A truly great novel!