She quickly turns their fantasies into nightmares. Shaw's Pygmalion and the scientific romances of Herbert George Wells. Bella has run off with a shameless libertine, a rogue of the first order, a cad, a I lost patience with the lack of action. But when I think of this book, as I seldom do, the word resounding through my head is, "Arch.
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I do think that was probably more commentary on Victorian literature--having read a fair amount, the sheer verbosity surrounding inane events as a general narrative style can become rather tedious. This is followed by Bella's or Victoria's refutation of its facts, suggesting that her "poor fool" of a husband has concocted a life for her from the prevailing gothic and romantic motifs of the period: Gray creates characters that are unique and difficult not to fall in love with.
This book tackles so many different themes and issues, but the one that stood out to me the most was the critical look at how love or obsession, or lust can alter the way you view a person, how your viewing of the Second read; even better This is probably the weirdest entry on my favourites list. This too is approached in different ways, through Bella Baxter's response as an innocent to the cruelty and hypocrisy of Victorian politics and morality, and through Victoria Baxter's struggle for rights in the first half of the twentieth century.
The aura of sinful wickedness is period as well. Because now I have lost three hours of my life reading this hogwash that I ;oor never regain again. Poor Things is a glorious romp.
Definately Alasdair Gray is one of my favourite authors! Want to Read saving…. And now Things picked up considerably. Being so long out of college I'd have to think longer and harder than I want to here about the deeper symbolic parallels with the old Frankenstein, but I'm sure they're in there somewhere.
Poor Things (Alasdair Gray) - book review
On the basis of that core story, I'd give the book maybe 4 stars at most. I've knocked it down half a star from the first reading, because upon a re-read I found there were sections that I found quite boring this time around. This letter, which runs the course of several chapters, could be its own standalone short story and is the highlight of the book.
I'm still not entirely sure what to think of it. A brief summary of the plot does little justice to it: Alas, this high was not to last.
As far as McCandless' memoirs go. A realer feeling than realism alone can offer. I often feel distant from metafiction because it can be too clever for its own good.
I've now read four Alasdair Gray books, all completely different from each other, except as regards to their tray effervescence. Truth, beauty and goodness are not mysterious, they are the commonest, most obvious, most essential facts of life, like sunlight, air and bread.
Witty at times, fall-down funny once or twice. Haven't found a copy of "Lanark" the Books choice for this author but aladsair was so good I will renew my efforts to find it.
Oh that was Grace, she said, rolling her eyes. And, there were even a few illustrations. They tell her what to believe about religion and politics. You can imagine our interested smiles freezing and dropping to the floor in splinters. View all 14 comments. Existential, symbolic and tongue in cheek at all times, this book also makes excellent use of medical and historical facts and the setting and individual character voices are rendered with admirable deftness and precision.
However, boredom is boredom, clever ooor or not. Even McCandless attempts to make Bella what he wants by taking it upon himself to tell the world her story.
A great book for anyone who has read and been interested in Frankenstein! The story contained in this narration brilliantly relates the rebirth of a suicide, performed by Dr. Poor Things is xlasdair, however, a political novel, in the Scottish progressive tradition. The beginning and end are entertaining.