A Gray Play Book

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  1. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    Gray, whose books I m reading solely for obsessive compulsive completist reasons now, seems hellbent on posterity the last few years have seen him release complete volumes of his poems, artwork, plays and forthcoming short stories I refuse to read this bumper crop of screenplays, stage plays, storyboards, teleplays and incomplete plays since I don t rate Gray as a playwright, and the book itself is enormous about the width of two trade paperbacks and the height of a tall hardback , and doing Gray, whose books I m reading solely for obsessive compulsive completist reasons now, seems hellbent on posterity the last few years have seen him release complete volumes of his poems, artwork, plays and forthcoming short stories I refuse to read this bumper crop of screenplays, stage plays, storyboards, teleplays and incomplete plays since I don t rate Gray as a playwright, and the book itself is enormous about the width of two trade paperbacks and the height of a tall hardback , and doing so would lose me precious hours when I could be reading the remaining dozen or so Dickenses slated for upcoming devourment Is it wrong or vain for a writer to make sure all his work is in print before his demise Especially when a volume like this won t even serve students writing their theses, or diehard devotees like me exhausted at the splurge of Gray out there already Anyway, this one counts as sampled since I perused the volume making disdainful no way I am reading this ever faces , and I have read Working Legs in a separate volume and the novelised plays in their novelised forms So there I love this shelf It s such a cheat


  2. Rhys Rhys says:

    Alasdair Gray is one of my favourite writers I first discovered himthan twenty years ago when I picked up his novella Five Letters from an Eastern Empire in a small Penguin 60s edition I read that story and absolutely loved it In fact it remains the best novella I ve ever read.Since that time I have read many of Gray s novels and short stories, but I had no idea that he once considered himself primarily a playwright This large volume includes most of his plays from his very first in Alasdair Gray is one of my favourite writers I first discovered himthan twenty years ago when I picked up his novella Five Letters from an Eastern Empire in a small Penguin 60s edition I read that story and absolutely loved it In fact it remains the best novella I ve ever read.Since that time I have read many of Gray s novels and short stories, but I had no idea that he once considered himself primarily a playwright This large volume includes most of his plays from his very first in 1944 to his recent rewrite of Goethe s Faust dating from 2008 The volume is a comprehensive retrospective of an exceptionally talented author s work for theatre, screen and radio It also includes biographical passages in which Gray talks about the writing of the plays and the circumstances surrounding their genesis and production or in some cases lack of production, as some of these plays were never performed These biographical passages are fascinating in their own right.As for the plays themselves the very early ones are juvenilia, but the quality rapidly improves Two plays from the 1960s were later transmuted by Gray into novels, The Fall of Kelvin Walker and Mavis Belfrage and both develop along unexpected lines Four short sexual comedies follow and all are excellent The comedy in all these plays tends to be plausible, realistic, based on natural misunderstandings, but this volume also includes some of Gray soutrageous flights of fancy McGrotty and Ludmilla is a wonderfully extreme political satire Another brilliant satire is the opera libretto The Rumpus Room The four Act Now plays are also wonderful.I was less impressed with the storyboard for the proposed film adaptation of Gray s most famous novel Lanark and his screenplay for the proposed film adaptation of Poor Things left me less than enthusiastic Despite the quality of the original novels, these versions left me feeling somewhat bored which is why I have only given the volume four stars instead of five A better adaptation is Gray s version of George McDonald s Victorian fairy tale The Golden Key.The two best plays in this book in my opinion are the brilliantly dark fantasies Near the Driver and Working Legs The first pokes savage fun at the commercialization of public transport and ends with a catastrophe The second is a magnificent reversal of a situation that actually exists in our world, reversed in order to highlight the absurdity and injustice of this situation, and it was written for a theatre company of disabled actors It is beyond praise.Gray is a national treasure and an author deserving of the Nobel Prize for Literature


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A Gray Play Book [BOOKS] ✮ A Gray Play Book By Alasdair Gray – Polishdarling.co.uk Long and short plays for stage, radio and television, acted between and , an unperformed opera libretto, excerpts from the Lanark storyboard and full film script of the novel Poor Things by Alasdair Long and short plays for stage, radio and television, acted betweenand , an unperformed opera libretto, excerpts from the Lanark storyboard and full film script A Gray PDF/EPUB ² of the novel Poor Things by Alasdair Gray.

  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • A Gray Play Book
  • Alasdair Gray
  • English
  • 08 September 2019
  • 1906307911

About the Author: Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray trained as a painter at the local Glasgow school of art He was when he published his first novel, Lanark , A Gray PDF/EPUB ² which combines all sorts of genres, from sf to autobiography and literary criticism, into a fantastic account of the city of Unthank a thinly disguised GlasgowGray shows an interest in sex which borders on the unhealthy, as indicated by the title of his novel Something Leather, a novel that he compared to Chaucer His other abiding interest is Scottish identity He was a contributor to Lean Tales , a work that prompted a revival of interest in Scottish writing Gray s work always contains a satirical element.



10 thoughts on “A Gray Play Book

  1. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    Gray, whose books I m reading solely for obsessive compulsive completist reasons now, seems hellbent on posterity the last few years have seen him release complete volumes of his poems, artwork, plays and forthcoming short stories I refuse to read this bumper crop of screenplays, stage plays, storyboards, teleplays and incomplete plays since I don t rate Gray as a playwright, and the book itself is enormous about the width of two trade paperbacks and the height of a tall hardback , and doing Gray, whose books I m reading solely for obsessive compulsive completist reasons now, seems hellbent on posterity the last few years have seen him release complete volumes of his poems, artwork, plays and forthcoming short stories I refuse to read this bumper crop of screenplays, stage plays, storyboards, teleplays and incomplete plays since I don t rate Gray as a playwright, and the book itself is enormous about the width of two trade paperbacks and the height of a tall hardback , and doing so would lose me precious hours when I could be reading the remaining dozen or so Dickenses slated for upcoming devourment Is it wrong or vain for a writer to make sure all his work is in print before his demise Especially when a volume like this won t even serve students writing their theses, or diehard devotees like me exhausted at the splurge of Gray out there already Anyway, this one counts as sampled since I perused the volume making disdainful no way I am reading this ever faces , and I have read Working Legs in a separate volume and the novelised plays in their novelised forms So there I love this shelf It s such a cheat


  2. Rhys Rhys says:

    Alasdair Gray is one of my favourite writers I first discovered himthan twenty years ago when I picked up his novella Five Letters from an Eastern Empire in a small Penguin 60s edition I read that story and absolutely loved it In fact it remains the best novella I ve ever read.Since that time I have read many of Gray s novels and short stories, but I had no idea that he once considered himself primarily a playwright This large volume includes most of his plays from his very first in Alasdair Gray is one of my favourite writers I first discovered himthan twenty years ago when I picked up his novella Five Letters from an Eastern Empire in a small Penguin 60s edition I read that story and absolutely loved it In fact it remains the best novella I ve ever read.Since that time I have read many of Gray s novels and short stories, but I had no idea that he once considered himself primarily a playwright This large volume includes most of his plays from his very first in 1944 to his recent rewrite of Goethe s Faust dating from 2008 The volume is a comprehensive retrospective of an exceptionally talented author s work for theatre, screen and radio It also includes biographical passages in which Gray talks about the writing of the plays and the circumstances surrounding their genesis and production or in some cases lack of production, as some of these plays were never performed These biographical passages are fascinating in their own right.As for the plays themselves the very early ones are juvenilia, but the quality rapidly improves Two plays from the 1960s were later transmuted by Gray into novels, The Fall of Kelvin Walker and Mavis Belfrage and both develop along unexpected lines Four short sexual comedies follow and all are excellent The comedy in all these plays tends to be plausible, realistic, based on natural misunderstandings, but this volume also includes some of Gray soutrageous flights of fancy McGrotty and Ludmilla is a wonderfully extreme political satire Another brilliant satire is the opera libretto The Rumpus Room The four Act Now plays are also wonderful.I was less impressed with the storyboard for the proposed film adaptation of Gray s most famous novel Lanark and his screenplay for the proposed film adaptation of Poor Things left me less than enthusiastic Despite the quality of the original novels, these versions left me feeling somewhat bored which is why I have only given the volume four stars instead of five A better adaptation is Gray s version of George McDonald s Victorian fairy tale The Golden Key.The two best plays in this book in my opinion are the brilliantly dark fantasies Near the Driver and Working Legs The first pokes savage fun at the commercialization of public transport and ends with a catastrophe The second is a magnificent reversal of a situation that actually exists in our world, reversed in order to highlight the absurdity and injustice of this situation, and it was written for a theatre company of disabled actors It is beyond praise.Gray is a national treasure and an author deserving of the Nobel Prize for Literature


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