The Ends of Our Tethers Very few writers could elevate a bad case of eczema into a hilarious near -- horror story, but Scottish author Gray does just that with… 2004-04-09 Fiction
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The Ends Of Our Tethers (2004)

Details Release Date: Apr 09, 2004; Writer: Alasdair Gray; Genre: Fiction

Very few writers could elevate a bad case of eczema into a hilarious near -- horror story, but Scottish author Gray does just that with ''Job's Skin Game'' -- one of several weird and wonderful tales in the author-illustrator's 18th book. In these short short stories -- most don't go over ten pages -- Gray trots out a cast of surly teens, wistful widows, washed-up poets, and what seems to be his caustic alter ego. Gray has a particular gift for wry character sketches: In ''Aiblins,'' he describes ''a thin student whose manner suggested he found life a desperate but comical game he was bound to lose.'' Gray charms us into enjoying the spectacle of his oddballs staggering, muttering, and fretting about their weary lives in Glasgow.

Originally posted Apr 23, 2004 Published in issue #761 Apr 23, 2004 Order article reprints
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