Old Men in Love Hardcover – 1 Oct 2007
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`As Jonathan Coe once put it in an essay on Gray's 1982, Janine (1984), you get an immediate sense of being "in thoroughly genial if eccentric company"... There's something appealingly direct about the way his characters get to grips with political questions.' -- Christopher Tayler, Guardian
`Bloomsbury has done this handsomely, making of Tunnock's tales a gorgeous object in eye-bending blue and silver...... Gray's startling imagination fizzes throughout ... beautiful, inventive, ambitious and nuts' -- Sophie Harrison, Sunday Times
`I've always admired the style and polish of his work' -- Tibor Fischer, Financial Times
`Old Men in Love is an Escher book, a book of recursions, a perverse self-parody ... this is a beautiful book, printed in black and Saltire blue, with a silk ribbon bookmark, inlaid cover and the author's own striking illustrations' -- James Purdon, Observer
`Alasdair Gray, it seems, is unwilling to muck about with a good formula... A work of some genius... If you like Alasdair Gray, this has it all.' -- Tim Martin, Independent on Sunday
About the Author
Alasdair Gray is the author of the Whitbread and Guardian Prize-winning novel Poor Things and the story-collection Ten Tales Tall and True.
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When reading Gray erroneous questions tag onto every given fact. You suspect clues or trickery or just plain playfulness as this master of verve draws you into a verbal Alice-through-the-looking-glass world where you pretty much write your own story led by the maddest hatter at that proverbial tea-party. Or at least, I do, playing constantly suspicious, because the innocuous breezy side-step will, in the end, and long after you dismissed it, turn out to be the point. Playing himself in his own novel, Gray responds to the question 'End notes or footnotes' with 'Marginal notes. I like widening my readers' range of expectations.' There we have it, wider they cannot be. Don't expect storytelling. This is philosophical meandering around topics that range from Iraq to the tug-of-war between art and commerce.Read more ›
Now I know this marks me down as a complete philistine since the chattering classes seem to be unanimous in praising this author. Too bad. For me the book was a disappointing experience. For my money there are more enjoyable books even if they won't impress one's friends so much.