The Ends of Our Tethers: 13 Sorry Stories

The Ends of Our Tethers Sorry Stories Fans of the work of Donald Barthelme Kurt Vonnegut George Saunders and T Coraghessan Boyle will revel in Alasdair Gray s masterful witty collection Gray s stories defy genre and his angular play

  • Title: The Ends of Our Tethers: 13 Sorry Stories
  • Author: Alasdair Gray
  • ISBN: 9781841956268
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fans of the work of Donald Barthelme, Kurt Vonnegut, George Saunders, and T Coraghessan Boyle will revel in Alasdair Gray s masterful, witty collection Gray s stories defy genre, and his angular, playful style, prodigious wit, and razor sharp intellect are matched by his remarkable skill with the short story form In Job s Skin Game, the narrator humbly tells his lifeFans of the work of Donald Barthelme, Kurt Vonnegut, George Saunders, and T Coraghessan Boyle will revel in Alasdair Gray s masterful, witty collection Gray s stories defy genre, and his angular, playful style, prodigious wit, and razor sharp intellect are matched by his remarkable skill with the short story form In Job s Skin Game, the narrator humbly tells his life story like the evenings news During a moment of awkward revelation, he shares the strangely exquisite pleasure he receives from scratching at the skin condition he s developed since losing his two sons in the Twin Towers tragedy and a small fortune in the dot com meltdown In Big Pockets with Button Flaps, a wily old man teases and taunts a pair of punk teenage girls as their confrontation takes on social implication through lightning fast transfers of power and wit The Ends of Our Tethers is vintage Gray accessible, experimental, mischievous, wide ranging, beautifully written, and wise.

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    1. MJ Nicholls

      Gray is constantly surprising me—whenever I consign him to the dustbin of mediocrity, he returns with a superb collection of short fiction. After a seven-year absence (where he worked as a writing professor in Glasgow), he returned refreshed with thirteen tales about senility, creativity and politics. ‘No Bluebeard’ is the longest: an account of the narrator’s three marriages based on Gray’s shaky relationship history and his marriage to a steely Scandinavian who shared her name with O [...]

    2. Anita Dalton

      You can read my entire discussion here.Review snippet: Tilda is not a woman given to subterfuge. She does not manipulate and she does not really fight with him. But as he tries to force her into a role he thinks more appropriate – like making her shop for clothes she does not want or care about – he comes to understand that her passivity is not a ploy. He realizes the woman who fucks with ease is really as disengaged from sex as she is from shopping, though he doesn’t have to threaten to t [...]

    3. Angus McKeogh

      A smidgen above average and not nearly good enough to qualify as great. Three or four of the stories were quirky and entertaining and the rest seemed odd or unfinished. Also included a dated piece of journalistic reportage. Ho hum.

    4. Jennifer

      This little book is one of my favorite finds ever in the used book section at Schulers. I was expecting to find no Alasdair Gray. I was just looking to feel superior or deprived, I suppose, but instead I found two books! Now I know I've mentioned that the short story is not my favorite format, but I needed a short story collection for the book bingo challenge at work, and Alasdair Gray should certainly make it more interesting.For the most part (excepting the last story), this is Gray separated [...]

    5. Channing

      Anybody who thinks that Irvine Welsh is a true literary original has never read anything by Alasdair Gray. That said, he's one of those authors that, in general, I respect more than I actually enjoy reading. When he gets bits of text interweaving in little boxes all backwards and upside-down, it's a wee bit too conceptually rigorous for me.He writes great short stories, though, and you'll find plenty of them in here. The one on his contemporary retelling of the story of Job is particularly good. [...]

    6. Tuck

      13 stories about the disasters men and women visit on each other. soooo sad, funny, snarky, irreverent. should have a WARNING label on front: do not crack this if you a. have no sense of humor b. already lost your heart in this self-same sewer and what's the point?! c. both or neither best read while listening to arab strap

    7. Rowena

      Weird little stories but they did grow on me in the end. The story about the man who was obsessed with his eczema is cringeworthy, to say the least.

    8. K.C. David

      This book has a collection of 13 short stories, all of which vary from alright to good. However, the short story No Bluebeard, which is also the longest of the 13, is absoluteley wonderful, and on its own in my opinion make this book worth purchasing.

    9. Alan

      "[]I closed my eyes and enjoyed walking on a grassy hilltop beside a tall, slender, beautiful young woman I had loved when I was fifty. Even in this dream I knew our love was in the past, that my virility was dead and that no beautiful woman would ever love me again. I told her this. She grew angry and called me selfish because I was only dreaming of her to cheer myself up. This was obviously true so I forgot her by staring at a hill on the far side of a valley[]"—"Wellbeing," p.167Let the par [...]

    10. Ele Munjeli

      This was the first book I've read by Gray. I can't remember where I stumbled on it, but someone mentioned he was a force in typography. I love it when authors use the medium and play with fonts or layout. The Ends of Our Tethers was mild in graphics, yet tastefully laid out. The stories are rather short, entirely set in Scotland, and converge on a point of realization or illumination, which is often of no more than futility. It is a book about the rather familiar and unpopular emotions of frustr [...]

    11. Jessica

      I read this shortly after reading and adoring Gray's short-story collection Unlikely Stories Mostly. The Ends of Our Tethers was published much more recently, and I really hope all of his writing hasn't gone down the tubes as much as this collection indicates, because this book is hardly worth mentioning. There were a couple of decent stories and a lot of really uninteresting ones. Definitely NOT the place to start if you want to read some Alasdair Gray.

    12. John

      This is a quirky collection of stories, at times it reminded me of the deadpan tall tale style of some of the Mark Twain stories I've read, but with more gritty urban working class ennui. The best stories, imo, were "Job's Skin Game", a lovingly glum story about a thrice married man with a skin ailment, and "Wellbeing", a wonderful quasi-fantasy story about a famous homeless man with a rich imagination.

    13. Dawn

      It has been a couple months since I've read this and I can't remember what I liked or disliked. I do recall that the stories were not my cup of tea and speed reading through almost all of them. Not the most helpful review, I know, but I think this was just a case of picking the wrong book for my tastes.

    14. Lucysnow1851

      Read this little book. It is so funny and brilliant and real. 13 short stories about how life can go wrong and yet it is still funny and unique. "Job's Skin Game" was my favorite, a story about a man who enjoys his eczema a little too much.

    15. Ewan Wilson

      some wonderful stories here. he has such an honest narrative style which I love. I wish he would keep going and producing stories forever. sometimes I want to meet him in his twenties and tell him to stop being such a pussy though.

    16. Mason

      The short stories vary from too short to just a little long. Some feel cast off, while others are truly poignant. One caution: that guy on the cover has no trousers. While this is a perfect waiting room book, I should have left the cover in the truck.

    17. Katherine

      I always really enjoy his writing - it's like nothing else I've read. I can't really say anything more intelligent than that. Also, I like the fact that he oversees the design of his books, down to the typesetting, and I believe he does the illustrations (!) as well.

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