- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (4 Nov. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747562288
- ISBN-13: 978-0747562283
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Poor Things Paperback – 4 Nov 2002
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"It wouldn't be an exaggeration to hail Alasdair Gray as one of Scotlands greatest living novelists." -- The List Festival Guide 9-15th August 2001
"The greatest Scottish novelist since Sir Walter Scott" -- Anthony Burgess
'A marvellous, endearing book ... a virtuoso feat of literary ventriloquism' -- New Statesman and Society
'The greatest Scottish novelist since Sir Walter Scott' -- Anthony Burgess
'This work of inspired lunacy effectively skewers class snobbery, British imperialism, prudishness and the tenets of received wisdom' -- Publishers Weekly
'Witty and delightfully written' -- New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Alasdair Gray won the the Whitbread and Guardian Awards for POOR THINGS. He is also the author of THE BOOK OF PREFACES, the story-collection, TEN TALES TALL AND TRUE, and the groundbreaking modern classic, LANARK.
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Fascinating - and if you don't like it you'll soon know.
Quirky Characters, and a certain depth of feeling, combine to instill within the reader a certain warmth. I honestly can't put my finger on it as to why I enjoyed 'poor things' quite as much as I did? But it is certainly a book I would recommend.
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Credible or incredible but couldn't put it down!
Not my thing or not the right time for me to read it. There were bits of this story that I really enjoyed but more bits that I just couldn't get my head around. Read morePublished on 16 July 2014 by Victoria Jeffrey
Very well written political novel , with lots of intertexual references to other Scottish novels, history & culture ; wrapped up in a reasonable ,but deliberately derivative, plot.Published on 13 April 2013 by alberto
unusual book. Interesting and informative, albeit silly at times. Would be surprised if the author had not been influenced by Sterne's Tristram Shandy.Published on 5 Jan. 2011 by Educated Hausfrau