Poor Things [Movie Tie-In]

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Mariner Books
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author
Born in 1934, Alasdair Gray graduated in design and mural painting from the Glasgow School of Art. Since 1981, when Lanark was published by Canongate, he authored, designed and illustrated seven novels, several books of short stories, a collection of his stage, radio and TV plays and a book of his visual art, A Life in Pictures. In November 2019, he received a Lifetime Achievement award by the Saltire Society. He died in December 2019, aged eighty-five.

"Gray has the look of a latter-day William Blake, with his extravagant myth-making, his strong social conscience, his liberating vision of sexuality and his flashes of righteous indignation tempered with scathing wit and sly self-mockery." -- Los Angeles Book Review

"This work of inspired lunacy effectively skewers class snobbery, British imperialism, prudishness and the tenets of received wisdom." -- Publishers Weekly

"A riotously comic, up-to-date Victorian romance . . . deft and frolicsome." -- Boston Globe

"Gray here retells a tale that amalgamates Frankenstein and Candide . . . Along the way Gray offers delightful conversation, a tricksy triple ending, and some very witty writing." -- Washington Post Book World

"Bella Baxter surely merits a place among the holy innocents of literature--Lemuel Gulliver, Don Quixote, Huck Finn, Prince Kropotkin and Holden Caulfield . . . Bound to call to mind other acidic commentaries on human folly--Rasselas, Tristram Shandy, Candide. But can it be that Gray, with his fierce Hibernian contempt for 20th Century solutions for age-old problems, is the most piercing thorn on the bush?" -- Chicago Tribune

"Witty and delightfully written." -- New York Times

"Lewis Carroll and Conan Doyle are acknowledged, but the authors Gray really revises are Sterne and Diderot, both comically self-analytic, Defoe, the creator of strong women, and Samuel Johnson or Voltaire, profound allegorists of the search for a good society . . . Poor Things is amusing and admirably angry, compassionate, and ironic as it looks in 1992 at the early days--modern as well Victorian--of a better nation." -- Times Literary Supplement (London)

'A magnificently brisk, funny, dirty, brainy book' -- London Review of Books

"Visionary, ornate and outrageous." -- The Independent

"A brilliant marriage of technique, intelligence, and art." -- Kirkus Reviews

"An unexpected final twist doesn't make the novel seem trivial but, on the contrary, gives the vivid melodrama a retrospective gravity. You become aware that this odd book has been a great deal more than entertaining only on finishing it. Then your strongest desire is to start reading it again." -- The Spectator