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Douglas Stuart (2) (1976–)

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A wonderful story about a unique mother-son relationship set amidst the backdrop of poverty-stricken areas of Glasgow. For some reason, I find all novels either set in Scotland or written by Scots to be above average - the combination of the people and the heritage their culture is based on allows for an intrinsically rewarding read. Shuggie is an empathetic character, as is his brother. However, I felt there could have been some greater exploration of his sexuality in the coming-of-age narrative of this novel. Nevertheless, it was a lovely read, and I'm looking forward to reading Young Mungo shortly.… (lisätietoja)
 
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IgnatiusMeany | 128 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 22, 2024 |
We first meet Shuggie Bain as a solitary 16 year old boy living in a run-down bedsit in a tenement flat in the the Glasgow of 1992, dividing his time between underpaid shifts at the local supermarket and occasional attendance at school. Surrounded by alcoholic and predatory men in the flat he seems to have no family or prospects. Even the modest ambition of becoming a hairdresser is beyond him:

He had always loved to brush and play with hair; it was the only thing that made time truly fly. When he had turned sixteen he had promised himself he would go to the hairdressing college that sat south of the River Clyde. He had gathered up all of his inspiration, the sketches he had copied from the Littlewoods catalogue and pages ripped from the Sunday magazines. Then he had gone to Cardonald to see about the evening classes. At the bus stop outside the college he alighted with half a dozen eighteen-year-olds. They wore the newest, most-fashionable gear and talked with a buzzing confidence that masked their own nerves. Shuggie walked half as fast as they did. He watched them go in the front door, then he recrossed the street to catch the bus going the other way.

And then the book turns back to when Shuggie was a young child living with his mother Agnes, in her second marriage to the unreliable and violent Shug. Beautiful Agnes Bain has always wanted more than life has given her, but at the age of nearly forty she and her husband and three children are still living with her parents in their council flat, and life has been nothing but a disappointment. Disappointment turns to drink and Agnes's alcoholism becomes more and more in evidence. Eventually it is only the youngest child, Shuggie, who is left to support his mother...

This is a moving and very well-written book which provides a believable (and harrowing) account of a broken family in a broken city, Glasgow in the 1980s having lost its traditional industries. Highly Recommended.
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SandDune | 128 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 16, 2024 |
Reading Ron Charles' review, https://www.washingtonpost.com/books/2022/04/05/young-mungo-douglas-stuart/, I can add very little. The book is beautifully written and the tension is superb with interesting characters, yet I skimmed a portion of it because it was too bleak to read. And heaven knows I love a bleak book, but this one really troubled me. Young Mungo was a very empathetic character yet what happens to him and how he responded took me to dark places. A camping trip worthy of [b:Deliverance|592657|Deliverance|James Dickey|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1624579180l/592657._SY75_.jpg|1257919]. I think my abbreviated reading was the right decision but still applaud the author's talent.… (lisätietoja)
 
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featherbooks | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 7, 2024 |
"They were suspicious of this woman who wore lipstick in the early morning and unchipped nail polish the color of sex."
Five stars for the writing, the characterizations (especially mother and son) and the story. Beautiful but bleak, I slowed down mid-book for a time (holidays), but was soon under the [a:Douglas Stuart|20681825|Douglas Stuart|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png] spell again. My empathy was with little Shuggie abandoned by all to pursue his loyal love for his wasted, alcoholic mammy. The portrayal of public housing tenants in the Galway suburbs is raw with cruelty and need. The men have lost their jobs and drink, fight and fuck away their frustrations. The women scrabble and gossip while trying to feed their too-many babies. Shuggie Bain's mother Beautiful Agnes drinks up everything - food, filial love, belongings and men. But throughout the reader cares about these folks, their dismal stories with flashes of humor, and stays with them throughout the book for its exquisite language and train wreck of a tale, thankful that the author persevered for ten years and thirty rejections toward his Booker prize.… (lisätietoja)
 
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featherbooks | 128 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 7, 2024 |

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