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POOR THINGS.

Gray, Alasdair.

ISBN 10: 0747512469 / ISBN 13: 9780747512462
Published by HARCOURT, BRACE & JOVANOVICH. NY 1992, 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First American Edition. REVIEW COPY. Specially prepared advance copy in blue cloth, with silver stamping & titles, without dj. as issued. The front pastedown prints: "Winner of Britain's prestigious Whitbread Award." The endpaper prints blurbs from England. The rear endpaper presents additional review comments from England & American publication notes. The line "Shortlisted For The Whitbread Award " has been blacked-out by the publisher. Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 13603

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Title: POOR THINGS.

Publisher: HARCOURT, BRACE & JOVANOVICH. NY 1992

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

What strange secret made rich, beautiful, tempestuous Bella Baxter irresistible to the poor Scottish medical student Archie McCandless? Was it her mysterious origin in the home of his monstrous friend Godwin Baxter, the genius whose voice could perforate eardrums? This story of true love and scientific daring whirls the reader from the private operating-theatres of late-Victorian Glasgow through aristocratic casinos, low-life Alexandria and a Parisian bordello, reaching an interrupted climax in a Scottish church.

Review:

The full title of this work, Poor Things: Episodes from the Early Life of Archibald McCandless M.D. Scottish Public Health Officer, reflect a bit of wacky genius at work here. Someone named Alasdair Gray has found a memoir supposedly of a 19th-century public health officer in Glasgow. The truth of the memoir is suspect, nevertheless Gray manages to change it and then lose it. And that's just the backdrop. Inside the memoir is the story of McCandless, an acquaintance named Godwyn Bysshe Baxter who takes a suicide victim, gives her the brain of her unborn child to create a promiscuous and brutal girlfriend. The book, which won the 1992 Guardian Fiction Prize, takes off from there.

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