A
Literary Saloon
&
Site of Review.

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs.



Contents:
Main
the Best
the Rest
Review Index
Links

weblog

crQ

to e-mail us:



In Association with Amazon.com


In association with Amazon.com - UK


In 
Partnerschaft 
mit 
Amazon.de

the Complete Review
the complete review - fiction



McGrotty and Ludmilla

by
Alasdair Gray


general information | review summaries | our review | links | about the author



Title: McGrotty and Ludmilla
Author: Alasdair Gray
Genre: Novel
Written: 1990
Length: 133 pages
Availability: McGrotty and Ludmilla - US
McGrotty and Ludmilla - UK
McGrotty and Ludmilla - Canada
  • McGrotty and Ludmilla or The Harbinger Report
  • First written as radio play (broadcast on July 18, 1975).
  • Stage version first performed February, 1987.

- Return to top of the page -



Our Assessment:

A- : fun and entertaining political tale

See our review for fuller assessment.




Review Summaries
Source Rating Date Reviewer
The NY Rev. of Books . 25/4/1991 Gordon A. Craig

- Return to top of the page -



The complete review's Review:

       Originally written as a radio play, then revised for the stage, Alasdair Gray finally turned McGrotty and Ludmilla into a novel. The plot, as he freely acknowledges, is taken from the Arabian Nights. Specifically, it is the Aladdin story, transposed to modern Whitehall.
       The unprepossessing Mungo McGrotty rises from his humble governmental post to the heights of power, helped by the mysterious Harbinger Report which holds marvelous powers of blackmail. In this fantastical comedy McGrotty finds (and keeps -- unusual in a Gray tale) happiness and love. He is no bright light -- "I don't read books" he acknowledges ("I'm glad to hear it," he is told: "They can be terribly misleading.") -- but he knows what he wants, and he also turns out to be a fairly decent fellow. Helped by his partner and true love, Ludmilla, he first flirts with ambition, and then winds up doing the right thing.
       Deft, clever, and amusing, and not near as dark as much of Gray's writing, McGrotty and Ludmilla is a most enjoyable entertainment. Truly a modern tale out of the Arabian Nights.

- Return to top of the page -



Links:

Alasdair Gray Other books by Alasdair Gray under review: Books about Alasdair Gray under review: Other books of interest under review:
  • See Index of Contemporary British fiction

- Return to top of the page -



About the Author:

       Scottish author Alasdair Gray was born in 1934. A noted illustrator and author, he has written a number of remarkable works of fiction.

- Return to top of the page -


© 2000-2009 the complete review

Main | the New | the Best | the Rest | Review Index | Links