Poor Things by Alasdair Gray
Episodes from the Early Life of Archibald McCandless M.D. Scottish Public Health Officer

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The lives of two doctors become hopelessly entangled with a woman who was created by one of them, in a freewheeling novel set in nineteenth-century Glasgow and the Mediterranean. 15,000 first printing.
 

About Alasdair Gray

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Alasdair Gray was born in 1934 in Glasgow, where he still lives. A painter as well as a writer, Mr. Gray describes himself as "an artist in words and pictures." He is the author of Poor Things, Lannark, and 1982 Janine, among other novels and story collections.
 
Published March 1, 1993 by Harcourt. 317 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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All eventually ends well--but in the epilogue, seemingly turning the story on its head, the widowed Dr. Victoria McCandless describes the tale as mainly a work of fiction that ``stinks of Victorianism.'' Which is, of course, the whole point.

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As her brain matures, Bella develops a social conscience, but her rescheduled nuptials to Archie are cut short when she is recognized as Victoria by her lawful husband, Gen.

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The Independent

The book is a spoof Victorian memoir by a Glasgow doctor, Archibald McCandless, recounting how he met and courted his wife Bella, who later became the city's first female medical student and a famous, if failed, social reformer.

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The Independent

But Gray's pastiche is acute if frisky, extending to such details as the 'original' chapter glosses: 'Sir Colin's discovery - arresting a life - 'What use is it?' - the queer rabbits - 'How did you do it?' - useless cleverness and what the Greeks knew - 'Good-bye' - Baxter's bulldog - a horrible ...

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London Review of Books

From now on he would write only frivolous things like plays or poems, and ponderous things like A History Of The Preface or a treatise on The Provision Merchant As Agent Of Evil In Scottish Literature From Galt To Gunn.’ If you are using the site for the first time please register here If yo...

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