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A terrific book,
This review is from: The Big Man (Paperback)
I'm grateful to Canongate for reissuing McIlvanney's Laidlaw trilogy, and so introducing me to this overlooked author.
The Big Man is a gripping tale with simple - possibly simplistic - themes: the essential decency of the rust-belt working class; the need for clan loyalty; and implicitly (and more worryingly to the modern reader) the virtual impossibility of retaining one's decency if one's aspirations lie outside the clan. It's strange stuff, with Glasgow villains sharing the page with the protagonist's existential musings. I can't put my finger on where I've read such material before. Hemingway, maybe? Jack London? Orwell? Anyway, Canongate, could you please re-issue the rest of McIlvanney's books so I don't have to trawl the second-hand shelves, and so more readers can re-discover this fine writer?