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Mavis Belfrage

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A collection of stories that describe painful kinds of education, the title story describing how an uninhibited woman educates a prim Scottish lecturer. Five other tales describe folk in Britain's lowest professional class between the late-1950s and 60s.
Published (first published January 1st 1966)
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May 02, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Readable but unresolved short stories... and intentionally down-hearted, which became a bit depressing. Do enjoy Alasdair Gray though!
Jan 23, 2016 Ben rated it really liked it
It's not the sprawling genius of Lanark, it's impressive in the opposite way: clear, dry, coldly quick-witted.
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Nov 12, 2010 MJ Nicholls rated it really liked it
Tremendous collection of stories drawing upon Alasdair's days as a schoolmaster. Very dour and very Scottish and very weird.
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Alasdair Gray trained as a painter at the local Glasgow school of art. He was 47 when he published his first novel, Lanark (1981), which combines all sorts of genres, from sci-fi to autobiography and literary criticism, into a fantastic account of the city of Unthank - a thinly disguised Glasgow.

Gray shows an interest in sex which borders on the unhealthy, as indicated by the title of his 1990 nov
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