1982, Janine (Canongate Classics) Paperback – 20 May 2003
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"A great writer, perhaps the greatest living in Britain today." (Will Self)
"1982, Janine has a verbal energy, an intensity of vision that has mostly been missing from the English novel since D.H. Lawrence." (New York Times)
"Made me realise that contemporary fiction would still be a vivid and vital way of interpreting the world . . . 1982, Janine revived my flagging impetus to continue writing myself." (Jonathan Coe)
"Alasdair Gray is that rather rare bird among contemporary British writers-a genuine experimentalist . . . The influence of James Joyce, and . . . Laurence Stern, is very evident, but Gray does not seem merely derivative from these masters. He is very much his own man." (David Lodge)
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It is all done in Gray's fluent and adventurous style. Fans of his other works should not hesitate; newcomers to his dark, Gothic fictions could happily(?) start here.
The typesetting plays an important and (to my knowledge) entirely original role in the story and for this reason I would recommend readers to buy the paper back; I can't imagine the kindle version having the same kind of impact. Whilst male readers will probably entirely identify with the sexual fantasies in the book as being perfectly ordinary, I imagine many female readers will be off-put by the constant references to rape.
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May be a great book Parts of it I love but got so many other things going on and to be read I keep putting this aside but still want to finish itPublished 5 months ago by deryck23
Alasdair Gray confirmed his reputation as one of Scotland's most exciting literary talents with 1982, Janine, the bold and blistering novel which followed on from the success of... Read morePublished on 10 Sept. 2010 by Robert Munro
It is interesting to how much criticism there is about the author of this book rather than a discussion of what it contains. Read morePublished on 17 May 2010 by Al
Rightly or wrongly, I was hesitant about beginning this book despite being a fan of Alasdair Gray's other work. My fears were totally misplaced. Read morePublished on 13 July 2009 by Mr. Tulkinghorn