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5.0 out of 5 stars
cliffhanger, 3 Aug. 2012
Well this was worth waiting for.SPOILER ALERT.
I have read all of Alan Warner's books and was anticipating this as a treat.The sections of work related nicknames and camaraderie are as accurate and entertaining as any I've read.This is the way people talk! 'Deadman's pedal' hinges on an inability to press it.That's life.
One of the previous reviews focussed on 'contrasts'.In amongst the tale and it's enthralling portrayals of what may well be Oban and an incisive rememberance of the early 1970's I would add these;
the contrast between the NUR and ASLEF,Jaguars and a remarkably resilient 50cc motorbike, the ridiculously exaggerated spins on 'flooding' and 'submerging' of real and hardly believable buildings and flesh( back to 'these demented lands'),the two sisters innocent and worldly,the job interviews of two lads again innocent and worldly, the brother and sister(Withnail revisited in Alex........ nailed),a record collection including a Pink Floyd release involving the need to switch countries yet also Stackridge, class and the military reverberating in the two father's roles,swinging out on the rope on the big rock and then uncoupling the train, even at the end of the book the contrast between two types of council flat.True that.
Finally I was overwhelmed by two very powerful lasting images.
The scene of 'digging out the medals' was a flight of imagination that I am still reeling from, the father's final word is 'Clown'.
Most of all a final few pages that genuinely left you feeling 'what next'.15/16 years old! I can almost imagine the screen going dark and leaving the cinema buzzing. Cliffhanger. A completely convincing book. Thank you.