Amande's Bed Paperback – 25 Sep 2006
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Amande's Bed is at once a Sunset Song for Aberdonian townies, a Doric Roddy Doyle. and a Joycean delight in wordplay and multi-consciousness. It's a memoir, a dream, a document, a quietly tragic comedy, wildly diverse yet unified - a daring and significant achievement. --Andrew Greig, The Scotsman
. . . bold and exteremely accomplished; big-hearted, clear-eyed and quick-witted. . . an elegy for what has been lost and still points to what might be. --Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday
startling. . . deeply bawdy. . . witty. . . hilarious, dark, sweet, crowded and alive. In the end it moved me to tears. --Ali Smith, The Guardian
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Peem is growing up in a normal family of that time and place, his father an engineer in a fertilizer plant, politicized and a convinced communist, whose war experience lies heavy upon him. His lovely mother keeps home a real home for Peem, his brothers and sisters. Young Peem (I think the name is a local version of Jim or James, maybe someone will correct me if this is wrong) does well at school and his teachers encourage him to participate in writing contests. This sounds quite autobiographic; indeed John Aberdein has a rare talent for combining the Doric dialect, the poetry of the rich spoken vernacular, the humour and/or the pathos of many little scenes depicted, fantastic reminders for those of us who grew up in Scotland in those years.
Amande is a French widow, the mother of one of Peem's friends. I felt that her role in the book was not strong enough to merit the mention in the title. Sure, it makes an intriguing title, but the book is much richer. This is more than a story, it is a fantastic canvas, detailed but never unnecessarily so. The characters are memorable, their language vivid (laced with about all the swear words I know, depending on the situations and the individuals).
A book to keep you between memories, chuckles and tears.
It took me a little while to understand the 'story' in this book as I didn't understand the language too well, but even so it was beautiful - like poetry. Then I got into it and really took all the characters and their lives to heart. You have to work a little at this one - or else just 'go with the flow' and not worry at the beginning if you don't understand the Scottish dialect. But it's well worth it - this book turns out to be a gem. It's full of humour and wordplay; it seems to be a good account of life in Aberdeen after the 2nd World War and also intelligently portrays the historical and political situation. All this makes it sound dull, wheras in fact it is anything but!