The Fall Of
Kelvin Walker

Kelvin Waker Book Cover. title with naked man falling head first holding his ears
Alasdair Gray's third novel is set in London in the sixties:
'London was wealthy. Other British cities had been built by money and still contained large amounts of it, but money seemed a slower substance in the north... those owning it had not been liberated by it. Their faces were severe, their mouths as grimly clenched as those without.
But here in had accumulated to a point where it flashed into wealth, and free, swift, reckless, mercuric. he could feel it humming behind the ancient and modern facades, throbbing under the streets like silver- electric sap or semen.'Kelvin Walker is in London to make his fortune. he plans to start at the top and through his absurd ambition, a megalomania surface that is unrelieved by his insensitive and ruthless attempts at a friendship and romance. Yet is he all bad? Or is it the establishment figures with vested interests whom he tricks and deceives, who are the insidious villains of our world?

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Publishers details: Canongate Publishing


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ISBN: 0 86241 072 X


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In this version of that venerable theme the ambitious provincial lad undertaking to conquer the world Kelvin Walker, son of a penurious grocer and afire with Nietzschean illusions about power and its uses, departs his native Scotland for London Town, the center of the universe, plotting to make it very big by starting at the . . . top. Backwater naivete and Scottish chutzpah somehow propel him to an envied position as a BBC interviewer, which allows him to rub shoulders with the cream of society. Life comes pouring in from all directions, not the least in the delicious form of Jill, through whose kindly ministrations he finds God. Eventually Kelvin topples from his eminence through a combination of overweening ambition, ultra-rightist fixed ideas and unbending North-country rigidity ... in this bright, occasionally amusing and charming little novel, subtitled "Fable of the Sixties."
Publishers' Weekly, Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.