Old Men in Love

Old Men in Love

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By (author) Alasdair Gray

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'Alasdair Gray's new novel, Old Men in Love, exhibits all of those faintly preposterous foibles that make him a writer more loved than prized. The bulk of the text constitutes the posthumous papers of a recondite - yet venal - retired Glaswegian schoolmaster, named John Tunnock (as in the celebrated tea cake), that have, seemingly, been edited and collated by Gray himself. 'This literary subterfuge serves to fool no one who needs fooling, yet will satisfy all who believe that the truth can be found more exactly in chance occurrences, serendipity, and the eggy scrapings from the breakfast plates of the neglected, than any crude, linear naturalism. 'Tunnock is a beguiling figure, at once feisty and fusty. His historical fictions chivvy us into Periclean Athens, Renaissance Italy and then bury our noses in the ordure of sanctity given off by charismatic Victorian religious sectaries. Excursions into geological time are placed in counterpoint to diaristic jottings describing Tunnock's own erotic misadventures and the millennial trivia of the Anthony Linton Blair Government's final five years. 'Only Gray can be fecklessly sexy as well as insidiously sagacious. Only Gray can beguile quite so limpidly. If I were a Hollywood screenwriter (which, to the best of my knowledge, I am not), I would pitch the film adaptation of Old Men in Love thus: 'Imagine Lanark meets Something Leather, with a kind of a Poor Things feel to it ' By this I mean to convey to this novel's readers that Alasdair Gray remains, first and foremost, entirely sui generis. He's the very best Alasdair Gray that we have, and we should cherish his works accordingly.' - Will Self

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 01 Oct 2007
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London
  • B&W Illustrations throughout
  • 0747593531
  • 9780747593539
  • 517,469

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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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'Alasdair Gray is that rather rare bird among contemporary British writers - a genuine experimentalist. The influence of James Joyce, and Laurence Sterne, is very evident, but Gray does not seem merely derivative from these masters. He is very much his own man.' David Lodge 'He is our nearest contemporary equivalent to Blake, our sweetest-natured screwed-up visionary' Evening Standard 'A great writer, perhaps the greatest living in Britain today' Will Self

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