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Old Men in Love ➹ [Read] ➵ Old Men in Love By Alasdair Gray ➼ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Men in Love, like The Arabian Nights, is about a storyteller whose stories contain other stories As in Alasdair Gray s Lanark, Janine, Poor Things, and The Book of Prefaces, this one has many styles Men in Love, like The Arabian Nights, is about a storyteller whose stories contain other stories As in Alasdair Gray s Lanark,Janine, Poor Things, and The Book of Prefaces, this one has many styles of narrative and location Periclean Athens, Renaissance Florence, Victorian Somerset mingle with Britain under the New Labour Party, viewed from the West End of Glasgow More than % is fact and the rest possible, but must be read to be Old Men PDF \ believed.


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  1. WILLIAM2 WILLIAM2 says:

    Who said If you can t make your novel great at least make it peculiar I don t recall Anyway, that appears to be the modus operandi in Alasdair Gray s Old Men In Love John Tunnock, a retired Glaswegian school teacher, has been found murdered in his Glasgow home and the crime is unsolved when his nearest relative is tracked down in Beverly Hills, California, and bequeathed a modest legacy It includes Tunnock s house and numerous miscellaneous writings A fictional Alasdair Gray is consulted as Who said If you can t make your novel great at least make it peculiar I don t recall Anyway, that appears to be the modus operandi in Alasdair Gray s Old Men In Love John Tunnock, a retired Glaswegian school teacher, has been found murdered in his Glasgow home and the crime is unsolved when his nearest relative is tracked down in Beverly Hills, California, and bequeathed a modest legacy It includes Tunnock s house and numerous miscellaneous writings A fictional Alasdair Gray is consulted as to the proper disposition of the manuscripts and advises the legatee to publish them all in a single volume, despite the fact that they are a pastiche of many projects worked on by Tunnock over a many years Is this a novel I think that s the question Gray wishes to ask Gray does make an attempt to piece it all together through his editing And it is readable I did finish it despite one or two tedious stretches There are some excellent pages It s the structure I m not crazy about.The book reads very much like what it is purported to be a grab bag of miscellaneous writings These focus on 1 Pericles and ancient Athens, 2 Fra Fillipo Lippi and Renaissance Florence, 3 the rise and gradual eclipse of Victorian era religious fraud Henry James Prince, 4 extracts from the late Tunnock s diaries and 5 other bouncy bits Gray as editor makes an occassional marginal comment in blue ink The only part I had to fight through a little was the overlong section on Henry James Prince, a millenarian like many others but with his own peculiarly sleazoid take on the Second Coming Like other books by Gray, including the masterwork Lanark, the novel gives one a glimpse of present day Glasgow The book itself is a nice production I have the UK edition Bloombury which was printed in Italy acid free paper and bound with sewn signatures who still does that in elaborately embossed faux buckram boards Recommended for those who love Gray Not his best book despite some fine writing Newcomers should start with Lanark


  2. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    I read this since my undiagnosed obsessive compulsiveness towards canon completion or oeuvre overdoing bade me do it Do you see No question mark There was simply no way, having read eighteen other books by Alasdair Gray, and sampled two others, plus a biography, I wasn t going to read Old Men in Love, his last novel Illogical In this universe, in this incarnation of me I was always going to read Old Men in Love at some point Kismet Geddit No question mark My verdict is really irreleva I read this since my undiagnosed obsessive compulsiveness towards canon completion or oeuvre overdoing bade me do it Do you see No question mark There was simply no way, having read eighteen other books by Alasdair Gray, and sampled two others, plus a biography, I wasn t going to read Old Men in Love, his last novel Illogical In this universe, in this incarnation of me I was always going to read Old Men in Love at some point Kismet Geddit No question mark My verdict is really irrelevant here, since what I should be reviewing is the book in relation to the others in my OCD canon completion experience How did this, as the nineteenth book in my reading order, match up to the other five or six I read through blind loyalty to an author I cherished in my late teens Answer matches up swell Old Men in Love is a cunning cut and paste exercise by a master of the half arsed but beautifully designed last minuter As Gray s self annihilating alter ego Sidney Workman writes in the afterword, the novel comprises bits culled from old TV plays, dreary historical narratives, and previously published articles on politics and place The whole thing is an A exercise in suturing old bits and passing it off as an At Swim Two Birds or If on a winter s night a traveller style exercise in stops and starts frames within frames and yada yada Gray has been looting the avant garde for most of his career, and since most Scottish readers have never heard of the postmodern authors he steals from he s held up as an original in this naive land So this is not a novel The individual bits work together quite well The Tunnock sex fantasies are silly I had to skip the Socratic dialogue and parts of the religious narrative Bits are merely Gray chatting to himself Anywho I am almost finished with Gray One left G night


  3. Phil Phil says:

    Gray s fiction can mostly be divided in two those based on plays written in the 60s and 70s The History Maker, McGrotty and Ludmilla, Agnes Belfridge, Something Leather and that written fresh Lanark, Poor Things, 1982 Janine As a rule, the latter is always much better and fresher Old Men in Love is different, consisting of three long sections adapted from earlier plays, enveloped in a conceipt that they re the writings of John Tunnock as in the nice teacakes and gathered together and ed Gray s fiction can mostly be divided in two those based on plays written in the 60s and 70s The History Maker, McGrotty and Ludmilla, Agnes Belfridge, Something Leather and that written fresh Lanark, Poor Things, 1982 Janine As a rule, the latter is always much better and fresher Old Men in Love is different, consisting of three long sections adapted from earlier plays, enveloped in a conceipt that they re the writings of John Tunnock as in the nice teacakes and gathered together and edited by Gray, contained within diary entries and letters of Tunnock on his way to meeting a bad end at the hand of business acquaintances of his drug dealing girlfriend.Any new fiction from Gray is a pleasure I should know, I edited a book about him for the British Library but as might be expected this is a mixed bag The Socrates and Renaissance Italy sections are all in Gray s own voice and interesting but hardly groundbreaking, but the section on the messianic Victorian preacher Henry James Prince and the Lampeter Brethren setting up their apocalypse colony in Somerset is among the very best Gray has written since Poor Things in the early 90s So, all in all, very enjoyable, but not essential reading for fans of gray wait for his combined art history autobiography to be published next year


  4. Alan Alan says:

    It is not a novel, no matter how Will Self starts his short review on the dust jacket Alasdair Gray s book


  5. Elaine Elaine says:

    Eh Lanark was great, and this book in the realist memoirs section and the diaries of the main character is still really vibrant Even Gray s typical framing devices the meta referential criticism pointing out that the book is largely recycled and that pointing that out is in itself criticism deflection , the notes, the gorgeous design, the real people mingling with the fictional all this has its charm But the historical fictions that are the book s ostensible driving force are frankly Eh Lanark was great, and this book in the realist memoirs section and the diaries of the main character is still really vibrant Even Gray s typical framing devices the meta referential criticism pointing out that the book is largely recycled and that pointing that out is in itself criticism deflection , the notes, the gorgeous design, the real people mingling with the fictional all this has its charm But the historical fictions that are the book s ostensible driving force are frankly exquisitely dull The long long sections on Periclean Athens and Victorian religious mania are almost mind numbing The disquisitions on the history of Scottish literature are interesting enough to me, b c I studied the subject long enough ago to like to meet old friends in this way, but would seem outrageously trite to anyone versed in the subject or impossibly boring to someone without a modicum of background.Disappointing


  6. Leon Story Leon Story says:

    Oh dear, Gray is one of my favorite all time novelists and story writers, and much of this is quite good, but the lengthy part on Henry James Prince and his cult of pseudo Anglican egotism is unbearable I get Gray s point, but you needed a very critical editor on this one The physical book itself is gorgeously illustrated, as always Read Unlikely Stories, Mostly , Janine, 1982 , Poor Things , Something Leather all of which I d recommend to anyone who loves fiction Gray likes to tak Oh dear, Gray is one of my favorite all time novelists and story writers, and much of this is quite good, but the lengthy part on Henry James Prince and his cult of pseudo Anglican egotism is unbearable I get Gray s point, but you needed a very critical editor on this one The physical book itself is gorgeously illustrated, as always Read Unlikely Stories, Mostly , Janine, 1982 , Poor Things , Something Leather all of which I d recommend to anyone who loves fiction Gray likes to take earlier small pieces short stories, screenplays, stage plays, essays, political polemics and combine them into novels This tme it didn t work Nonetheless, dear old Alasdair, WRITE MORE


  7. Marc Bultynck Marc Bultynck says:

    Ik kocht dit boek omdat ik in de aanloop naar een reis in Schotland toch iets van een Schotse auteur wou lezen Prachtige uitgave in tweekleurendruk Maar wat een zootje heeft die Alasdair Gray samengekrabbeld Dit lijkt echt nergens op Het gaat naar de rommelmarkt.


  8. Razvan Zamfirescu Razvan Zamfirescu says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Alasdair Gray este un scriitor al carui romane sunt precum piersicile zemoase lipicioase si delicioase.Romanul B tr ni ndr gosti i este un exerci iu pe care Alasdair Gray l ncearc pe c rca cititorului, exerci iu la care, trebuie s recunosc, am participat cu foarte mult pl cere Pentru astfel de c r i m bucur enorm de mult faptul c s a inventat scrisul i c exist scriitori precum sus numitul romancier sco ian Alasdair Gray creeaz un melanj, culeg nd i folosind n roman fragmente n Alasdair Gray este un scriitor al carui romane sunt precum piersicile zemoase lipicioase si delicioase.Romanul B tr ni ndr gosti i este un exerci iu pe care Alasdair Gray l ncearc pe c rca cititorului, exerci iu la care, trebuie s recunosc, am participat cu foarte mult pl cere Pentru astfel de c r i m bucur enorm de mult faptul c s a inventat scrisul i c exist scriitori precum sus numitul romancier sco ian Alasdair Gray creeaz un melanj, culeg nd i folosind n roman fragmente ntregi de la al i autori Platon, Hepworth Dixon etc ns asta nu aduce nicidecum un deserviciu c r ii, ba dimpotriv , le ofer un aer de veridicitate lucr rii i firii personajului John Tunnock pe care Gray l creeaz.John Tunnock este un b tr n care, ie it la pensie, si ncearc talentul de scriitor, ncercare la care suntem martori post mortem Jurnalul pe care John Tunnock l scrie i care a nc put pe m inile lui Alasdair Gray ne arat un b tr nel desfranat care, datorit unei rela ii cu o dil ri de droguri, i afl moartea nainte de terminarea proiectului s u literar.Ambi ia lui John Tunnock este de a scrie un roman despre trei personaje, astfel nc t s arate evolu ia omenirii Cele trei personaje principale sunt Socrate, fra Filippo i Henry James Prince.Din p cate, moartea prematur a lui Tunnock l mpiedic pe acesta, precum pe mul i al ii, s i termine capodopera, n m inile noastre ajung nd capitole pe care acesta le a scris c nd, bine n eles, era nc n via i nehot r t asupra versiunii finale a lucr rii.Un citat Un profesor c tre Tunnock E ti aici ca s nve i, nu s g nde ti E ti bursier Nu v d de ce impozitele pl tite de mine ar sus ine un student care nu n elege scopul universit ii Restul recenziei


  9. Kyle Muntz Kyle Muntz says:

    This was the last of Gray sinteresting novels that I hadn t read In my opinion, he s written one masterpiece Lanark , and one other great novel Janine 1982 , which is good without being on the same level Old Men in Love is interesting but mostly reads as a collage of material that wouldn t necessarily be very interesting on its own, with the exception of the Socratic chapters, which I would have preferred to see fleshed out as a full novel and could have been a genuine contribution to This was the last of Gray sinteresting novels that I hadn t read In my opinion, he s written one masterpiece Lanark , and one other great novel Janine 1982 , which is good without being on the same level Old Men in Love is interesting but mostly reads as a collage of material that wouldn t necessarily be very interesting on its own, with the exception of the Socratic chapters, which I would have preferred to see fleshed out as a full novel and could have been a genuine contribution to his body of work The whole thing had Gray s great narrative technique the prose is still brisk and sharp, and the best sections have a sort of perfect ambiance , and while it s probably not as good as History Maker or Poor Things, it avoided the mistake those novels made of drowning a decent piece in unnecessary appendices Until now I ve mainly been interested in him as a novelist, but I m thinking after this I might check out one of his short story collections as well This novel feels like an attempt for him to get in his last thoughts on literature, socialism, etc, and while I would have appreciated somethingambitious I think Gray is a genuinely great writer who, later in his career, simply hasn t tried hard enough it s still worth checking out for people interested in his work


  10. Kally Sheng Kally Sheng says:

    No financial arrangement is ever flawless Lady Sara Sim Jaegar, Introduction, Pg 2They love their messes like cats that have not been housetrained so claim a new territory by pissing over it Tunnock s Diary 2001, Pg 9 Nature has created many men who are small and insignificant in appearance but who are endowed with spirits so full of greatness and hearts of such boundless courage that they have no peace until they undertake difficult and almost impossible tasks and bring them to completi No financial arrangement is ever flawless Lady Sara Sim Jaegar, Introduction, Pg 2They love their messes like cats that have not been housetrained so claim a new territory by pissing over it Tunnock s Diary 2001, Pg 9 Nature has created many men who are small and insignificant in appearance but who are endowed with spirits so full of greatness and hearts of such boundless courage that they have no peace until they undertake difficult and almost impossible tasks and bring them to completion, to the astonishment of those who witness them Introduction of Filippo Brunelleschi in Vasari s The Lives of the Great Artists, Pg 11Hunger and dread make sleep difficult Pg 14 A soul that doesn t fit its body is as uncomfortable as a foot that doesn t fit its shoe Socrates, Pg 39 Ugliness encourages virtue Socrates, Pg 39


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