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This review is from: Stonemouth (Hardcover)This novel is essentially a love story, and a very modern one, where the main characters, who are in their mid twenties, experiment with almost everything - often with serious consequences. The story is centred around the return of Stewart Gilmour from London, where he has found some success, to his home town near Aberdeen, and his reunion with the people he grew up with, including his former girlfriend, some close friends and a number of people who he has enraged in the past by his actions.
The town of Stonemouth has problems; an unusually high fatality rate involving the nearby bridge, a strong drug culture, and the presence of two dominant families, who mix legal and illegal activity in fairly equal measure. The story is unfolded against this backdrop. Iain Banks covers strong themes here; loyalty, friendship, enduring love, fear and courage, and beautifully evokes aspects of life in Scotland, as well as what it is to be young, smart, and prone to making some very bad decisions.
This is a beautifully written and highly enjoyable work of fiction. I found myself caring what happened to the main characters and I was sorry when it was finished.
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Initial post: 23 Apr 2012 10:51:30 BDT
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Gary B says:
Not Aberdeen though - he specifically ruled it out on the radio this morning.
Posted on 2 May 2012 17:02:09 BDT
Thank you for an honest, straightforward review - too many on here seem to think they are critics for the Times and want to sound as though they are much smarter than everyone else.
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