By Alasdair Gray
An unforgettably difficult ebook approximately energy and powerlessness, women and men, masters and servants, small nations and massive international locations, Alasdair Gray's exploration of the politics of pornography has misplaced none of its strength to surprise. this can be a searing portrait of male want and inadequacy, as explored through the lonely sexual fantasies of Jock McLeish, failed husband, lover, and businessman.Yet there's wish the following, and the humor—if black—and the innovative and textual strength of the narrative achieves its personal type of redemption in spite of everything.
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There's food here, and besides that I don't think my arm will ever be much good anymore. SOUPEAU enters busily from the Hostelry. He is scrupulously dressed. SIMONE enters behind him dragging a trunk. SOUPEAU (clapping his hands) : Maurice, Robert, Gus tave, let's go, let's go. You have to load the china up. Everything in the storeroom has to be put on the trucks. Pack the hams in salt. But load the wine on first. Drink your coffee later : this is war. We're going to B ord e aux . They continue tlzeir breakfast.
Henri, y ou know how I dislike interfering in business matters. But I can no longer ignore your dealings with this Cap ta in Fetain. We all know that he is a Fascist. MAYOR: has returned from the Hostelry with a ven dor's tray, loaded with large bags, tied about her; in her hands she carries two more baskets stuffed with bags. SIMONE I suggest you be careful, Ph ili ppe, when you call the Captain a Fascist. soUP EAU: ( bitterly ) : "I suggest you be careful! " Is that all that you and your Captain Fetain can say to me, with the Germans already at the Loire?
The aristocracy is against the King. Th at's the way it reads in your book, too. While behind you stand the people, espe cially Maurice. Can't we come to an agreement, Joan, just you and I? MAYOR: Why not, Your Majesty? ( Hesistantly. ) Only you 'll have to take a fi rmer hand in business m atters and see that the food pails are always full. SIMON E : I'll see what I can do. In any case I'll h ave to be careful, otherwise they're l i able to cut my royal salary. I 've always been the man to close his eyes to everything, so that when I do h ave someth ing to say nobody p ays any atte n tion to me .