Ten Tales Tall and True

Ten Tales Tall and True

Alasdair Gray

Language: English

Pages: 79


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A lecturer cornered in an embarrassing menage a trois, a Glaswegian Cinderella, and an extremely talkative dentist all feature in this brilliant and original collection of tall tales from Alasdair Gray, author of Lanark, Poor Things and The Book of Prefaces.

Bringing together social realism, sexual comedy, science fiction and satire, Ten Tales Tall and True proves that truth is indeed

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Analysis which deals with your kind of firm, among others.” Don’t be fooled by that one. Tell him everything costs more in London, especially the bedsits. “Perfectly true, which is why London wages are higher too. But not everywhere. If you decide to come to London contact me first. And now I’ll drive you home.” He does not try to touch on his way to the car or inside it, and stays in his seat on arriving. Not inviting himself in, he sits with hand on wheel smiling sideways. Think of saying

the driver, who has risen and pocketed his stool, “If the traction unit is empty when a message comes from HQ, the graphic print-out activates that announcement and – duty calls! I’m sorry I have to return to my cabin. I’ll probably find a rotten stock-market report that forces me to raise the price of tea again. I hope not. Goodbye John.” “Goodbye, er…?” “Felix. Goodbye good people.” He departs leaving nearly everyone in a relaxed and social mood. “What a nice man!” says Mrs Dear, and the

have NOT killed them! This is an anaesthetic gas pistol developed for use against civilians in Ulster, does anyone else want a whiff? Saves emotional stress. A spell of oblivion and with luck you wake up in the ward of a comfortable, crowded hospital.” “Thank you, no!” says the teacher icily, “We prefer to face death with open eyes, however futile and unnecessary it is.” The chiming sounds and the familiar voice announces that this is Captain Rogers speaking, that three and a half minutes

books of the Jews with the sciences and arts of the sceptical Greeks. Great writers in every European language had been inspired by Roman literature; Shakespeare only knew a little Latin, but his plays showed he put the little he knew to very good use. Again, mathematics were also a language, an exact way of describing mental and physical events which created our science and industry. No writer who wished to understand the modern world should ignore it. I answered that Latin and maths were not

Secondary School, though the Whitehill I remembered had been demolished in 1980. But this was definitely the place where Mr Meikle lived, for looking downward I saw him emerge from a door at the side of the hall and cross the floor toward a main entrance. He did not walk fast, but a careful firmness of step suggested his arthritis had abated a little. He was accompanied by a party of people who, even from this height, I recognized as Scottish writers rather older than me: Norman MacCaig, Iain

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