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This is another of Alasdair Gray's attempts to plug the gap till the next advance comes through for another epic like Lanark, which sadly I doubt we will ever see.
Ten Tales tall & True isn't exactly as it says on the cover. Just read this from the dustjacket:
This book contains more tales than ten
so the title is a tall tale too.
I would spoil my book if I shortened it,
spoil the title if I made it true'.
I love that!
I also love the fact that this book is more accessible than some of his others - in general I am not a fan of 'great' literature, and in my opinion Gray has indeed produced some great literature, some real epic reads which to fully 'get' you really do need to be 'well-read'
What Gray has produced here is more than ten pieces of writing, which in my opinion are intended to be enjoyed rather that read, in that studious ways that literary types read.
I find Gray and his writing somewhat enigmatic and difficult to pin down, but why bother to try to pin the author down, I will leave that to the likes of Roland Barthes, why not just try to enjoy a quick read?
These short pieces will let you enjoy his work, and if you want to think about any of the pieces afterwards there is plenty of food for thought in each one.
You really must give this writer a go!