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Abstract/Concrete [Kindle Edition]

Kirsty Neary
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Kirsty Neary has given us a stark and eloquent warning... She writes with precision and dexterity, always seeking that higher voice, where real truth lies. She is to be commended for her ambition in these shallow times...a writer who promises much for the future. --Andrew Raymond Drennan, author of The Immaculate Heart and Cancer Party

Genuinely creepy...a solidly unusual novel. Kirsty Neary is definitely one to watch. --Sean McCann, Light Up Glasgow's Skyline

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No argument. No arts. No original thought. No rogue ideologies. You know the rules. This is all for your own good. The Management have spoken.

It is Glasgow. It is 2024. Things are very different, now.

Slipping between the cracks in Glasgow’s epidemic apathy, dangerously reasonable government body The Management have taken over without a tremor of protest. Thinly veiling their regime as the restoration of Order and Decency, citizens must submit to ever-harsher rules and restrictions. Soon, books, records and paintings fuel dustbin fires across the city. Buildings crumble. Traffic halts. People vanish without explanation. And no-one dares go looking.
Tattered banners scream a reminder. ALL FOR YOUR OWN GOOD.

This city has been misbehaving for far too long.

Lucy remembers it well. Or thinks she does...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 709 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (8 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GLLAM0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #539,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kirsty Neary was born in 1986, and grew up in and around Glasgow. Whilst pursuing her studies at the University of Glasgow, Kirsty also writes, paints, makes films, takes photographs and performs her various works at events across Scotland such as Words Per Minute, Initial Itch, Forge of the Wordsmiths and the Wigtown Book Festival. As well as reading her own work, Kirsty has also been called upon to present talks on the craft of writing, and the industry itself, at writer's networking events and discussion groups. The Stately Pantheon is her first novel. Her short fictions are featured in magazines such as dotdotdash and Spilling Ink Review, for which she has also won prizes. She has recently graduated with a First Class degree in English Literature an Film & Television Studies, writes freelance journalism for Glasgow newspapers, and is looking forward to the release of her second novel, Abstract/Concrete, inspired and informed by that notorious city. She would get a lot more done if her cat didn't insist on sitting on the keyboard.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and rebellious 30 April 2012
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Abstract/Concrete is a much more confident novel than the writer's debut 'The Stately Pantheon', weaving through an unfamiliar Glasgow in a dystopian future. Art and individual ideology have become controlled and prohibited by an all-controlling government. This is not a new idea for literature but here it has been given more development than in some other examples of the genre. Where Kirsty Neary excels is in her vivid descriptions of the crumbling city and of the 'desert island' survival techniques of the narrator in the first section of the novel. However...sometimes her secondary characters can feel a little bit underdeveloped - Bethany and Caleb both come across as poster children for revolution. Luckily Lucy, the main narrator, is a fantastically well rounded character, both strong and vulnerable, determined and weak, and can easily carry through the weaker members of the cast.
Abstract/Concrete is an ambitious and enjoyable novel and is quite unique in its undertaking. Kirsty Neary firmly belongs with the serious young Scottish writers whose under-appreciated work will hopefully outlast the more popular yet arguably less interesting names of the scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A literary treat 26 Jan 2013
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An awesome read that makes you consider what`s really important? Art? What's abstract or concrete? What are we living for? One of my new favorite authors, I will be going back to read her first novel. Don't miss this one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad editing 4 Jan 2013
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The kindle version was badly edited with misspelled words and missed breaks. The story is about a woman who has been re-programmed in future Glasgow. She lives the same bland life that all the others around her are living and it's driving people insane. People are assigned living quarters, jobs and the Management controls every aspect of their lives. All with the party line of "for the good of the people." It's supposed to cut down on crime and suffering but creates it's own crime and suffering. The same communist party line of the past. It took me until she meets the bartender to realize it was a woman who is the main character. The gender was obscure. She meets a bartender who supposedly had been in insider working for the Management but she has been fired. My first question was why was she fired for being an agent but given a new life and job as a bartender? But the main character doesn't ask any questions. She doesn't think for herself. The bartender tells her that her boyfriend is still being held by Management. This is the first time we know about a boyfriend and the main character didn't seem to remember much about him either. Due to re-programming or badly written book? So they set out to rebel and, I guess, get the boyfriend back. But the escapades are childish (was that meant or badly written?) and what were they supposed to do even if they were able to get the boyfriend back? Where were they going to go or hide or what? And was the Manager the ultimate leader? Then why was he bothering with the questioning of a minor rebel? Or was he just a local supervisor? Whatever happened, why did it happen? It just didn't gel. There wasn't sufficient motive for the little things the main characters did or the major things the Manager did. Was it meant to be that way? Or a badly written book? You decide.
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