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The Fall of Kelvin Walker is a novel by Alasdair Gray. The book was adapted from Gray's earlier play of the same title.

The Fall of Kelvin Walker is a novel by Alasdair Gray. It was originally published by Canongate in 1985 and the revised text was published by Penguin Books in 1986, ISBN 978-0807611449.

To fall, one must rise-and in truth most of Alasdair Gray's slim novel The Fall of Kelvin Walker, after that inauspicious .

To fall, one must rise-and in truth most of Alasdair Gray's slim novel The Fall of Kelvin Walker, after that inauspicious debut, is concerned with his unexpected (except by Walker!) rise to fortune and fame. Whenever that is, exactly. Maybe Walker's descent from austere North to sinful South, from the Presbyterian purity of Glaik to the filthy fleshpots of London, is his Fall-a fall from Grace-however enviable his rags-to-riches trajectory may seem from a temporal perspective.

Publisher: King Penguin, Penguin Books, 1986.

Kelvin Walker is in London to make his fortune  .

ISBN13: 9780862410728.

The book was adapted from Gray's earlier play of the same title. Alasdair Gray is a Scottish writer and artist. Penguin Books is a British publishing house

The book was adapted from Gray's earlier play of the same title. It was originally published by Canongate in 1985 and the revised text was published by Penguin Books in 1986. His acclaimed first novel, Lanark (1981), written over almost 30 years, was described by The Guardian as "one of the landmarks of 20th-century fiction. Penguin Books is a British publishing house. It was co-founded in 1935 by Sir Allen Lane, his brothers Richard and John, as a line of the publishers The Bodley Head, only becoming a separate company the following year.

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Using another man's name, Kelvin Walker, an ambitious Scotsman with no experience, obtains interviews for .

Using another man's name, Kelvin Walker, an ambitious Scotsman with no experience, obtains interviews for top-level jobs. I had read so much about Alasdair Gray - about his narrative ambition, his linguistic invention, his surreal fantasy, his dark humour, his political anger, his status as a pioneering modern Scottish writer etc. - that it was surprising to find in 'The Fall of Kelvin Walker' a short, amusing, but unmistakably fogeyish, Kingsley Amis-like, harmless comedy. The story features a young provincial Scot who, inspired by furtive readings of Nietszche, runs away from home and his sternly religious father to London, determined by sheer will to power to begin a career at the top.

Kelvin Walker is in London to make his fortune. He plans to start at the top and through his absurd ambition a megalomania surfaces that is unrelieved by his insensitive and ruthless attempts at friendship and romance. Yet is he all bad?

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Ghordana
I had read so much about Alasdair Gray - about his narrative ambition, his linguistic invention, his surreal fantasy, his dark humour, his political anger, his status as a pioneering modern Scottish writer etc. - that it was surprising to find in 'The Fall of Kelvin Walker' a short, amusing, but unmistakably fogeyish, Kingsley Amis-like, harmless comedy.
The story features a young provincial Scot who, inspired by furtive readings of Nietszche, runs away from home and his sternly religious father to London, determined by sheer will to power to begin a career at the top. 'Fall' contrives to be a satire of the media (especially the BBC and the popular press) and its cosying up to the political classes; a new kind of old-boy-network based on influence and wealth rather than class; the conservatism of establishment liberalism. But this satire is utterly toothless - the targets are not real-life figures and bear little relation to any; by omitting all detail that would convince us of the plausibiolity of these milieux and, therefore, the force of satire on them, the world Kelvin strides is so fantastical and whimsical, no target in it is worth the hitting.
This sense of the blithely unreal is increased by the historical setting: subtitled 'A Fable of the 60s', there is very little sense of period, unless you count the relative value of money, or the ease with which an unknown, uneducated, regional young man rises in the Establishment.
'Fall' is no satire, then: its movement as a romantic comedy soon fizzles out into a concern with religious intolerance. That the book remains at all enjoyable is due to the crisp and rapid lightness of the deadpan prose; the Amis-like narrative momentum through comic set-pieces (Kelvin's interview with the BBC is particularly funny); and the cast of characters who, if not particularly real, are engaging enough to keep you interested.
Heri
easy to understand, I read it in one day
THE FALL OF KELVIN WALKER (KING PENGUIN) download epub
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Author: Alasdair Gray
ISBN: 014008424X
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: King Penguin / Penguin Books; Revised Edition edition (1986)
Pages: 160 pages