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its that good. wonderful lyrical writing
on 3 July 2016
read over and over again, its that good. wonderful lyrical writing. paints an amazing picture of "ordinary life" which, these days, is not so ordinary. you feel you are in every room. with his dad. with his mother. with himself. a true poet writing about the past, the pain and the exultation. i am english/irish rather than scottish, but writer is brilliant in the way he describes aspects of ordinary (working class) life. i've rarely seen it described better.
one thing I wanted to comment on was his mother. this is, of course, a story about his father. but of course his mother appears frequently.. it reminded me of the few choices open to women at that time. you couldn't just "leave" and be a single parent, either financially, or morally. for these reasons, you stayed with a man, especially if you had a conventional bent. the marriage you made as a young woman decided the rest of your life. reminded me a little of Alan Johnson's autobiography "This Boy" where the mother suffers in a similar way. Both women died young, in their 40s.
anyway, a terrific, evocative book, read many times.