The Ends of Our Tethers


This is a collection of thirteen tales from critically acclaimed author, Alasdair Gray, which challenge prejudice, question social imbalance and explore human foibles.

ISBN: 9781841954400 Author: Gray, Alasdair Publisher: Canongate Publication Date: 2nd October 2003 Imprint: Canongate Cover: Hardback Dewey: 823.914 (edition:21) Pages: 181 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

The Ends of their Tethers is vintage Gray – experimental, mischievous, wide-ranging but also subtly connected. And as always the work is hall-marked with his highly engaging prose style, dry wit and fecund imagination. These thirteen tales challenge prejudice, question social imbalances and explore human foibles. In No Bluebeard a socially reclusive man, veteran of three marriages, meets a disturbed and eccentric woman desperate to remain hidden from her family. In Job’s Skin Game a father develops a skin condition in response to the emotional shock of losing his two sons in the September 11th attacks and his fortune in the dot com crisis. The exquisite pleasure he takes from scratching and peeling his dead epidermis becomes his sole preoccupation and a metaphor for what is ultimately a wholly sane response to tragedy. Wellbeing offers a politically charged dystopian vision of a future Britain as seen through the eyes of a once-revered writer, now homeless yet stubbornly refusing to move to a more hospitable country as, “There are better ways of living than being happy but they require strength and sanity.”;Beautifully produced and illustrated throughout with Gray’s distinctive drawings, this is an important and highly accessible collection.

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