- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1049 KB
- Print Length: 273 pages
- Publisher: Twisted Literature (UK Imprint) (10 Mar. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C4V2M7C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,399 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bowling Ball: Glasgow Smiles Better (Three Realistic Holes trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Niggles : geography, bus numbers and a couple of continuity pointers
In similar vein to Brookmyre - funny, entertaining, language - and Irvine Welsh - plot, rawness and squalor
Read it once. Now going back for the stuff I missed.
My first discovery of Escobar's writings......, life has changed for the better ever since. Having devoured all his publications on Amazon (Kindle) since, including months of excited and frustrated anticipation during the waiting period of pre-ordering, I can hardly wait for more of his delightful work.
Being a 'Weegie in Exile', it's such a delightful reminder of my pubescent and later years growing up and behaving badly in Glasgow.
It made me feel I'd lived, ate , and slept ( where appropriate :-)) with all the characters.
This review applies equally to Sideways Movers (I've copied it there), and can't wait for more !
If John Niven & Irvine Welsh had a lovechild, and it fell on it's head on the way out of the filithiest orifice known to man, you'd be 1% of the way to just how wonderfully deranged Escobar Walker is.
The main problem I have with it is that while it emulates Trainspotting's format of having each chapter written in the first person but by different characters, the author can't get those characters to speak in different voices. This makes it read like the same man living three different lives.
For me, Bowling Ball was one long exercise in relaying as many Scottish clichés as possible in 90,000 words. All the main characters speak with one voice, in that they're almost indiscernible from each other, blending in to one long narrative throughout the book. To identify each character Walker uses the phrase "my cousin's flatmate", or a version of it dozens of times throughout, which is, I suppose, a clumsy way of letting the reader know which character is narrating but becomes annoying as the book progresses. Much simpler to give each character a distinct personality and voice or even stick the character name at the chapter heading.
Every character encountered was either a Frances Begbie (violent Neanderthal) derivative or a victim. None of the characters developed at all during their stories, and if being completely honest, the book didn't really have a definite plot. This isn't always a huge problem (see Trainspotting) if the characters have an interesting journey, but the characters Walker has created aren't allowed any growth and are very much trapped and stunted by the stereotypical values, attitudes and traits that Escobar has saddled them with.Read more ›
Change the names of the characters to Rents, Sick Boy and Begsbie, and you have a blatant case of Plagiarism.
Add in dozens of typos, incomplete sentences and punctuation errors, and the net result is a not a very rewarding read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's OK, and the writer has got some talent but.......he spends far too much time trying to ape Irvine Welsh in this book. Read morePublished 9 days ago by email@example.com
Not great! Each chapter written in first person, with no difference between the characters. Difficult to follow with continued reference to cousin, brother, friend etc rather than... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Quite Ugly One Morning
Move over Irvine Welsh and James Kelman....you have some competition! Got this book via Escobar Walker's website after he left a comment on my Facebook page about Scotland. Read morePublished 14 months ago by JasonP
Came across this after reading Irvine Welsh's latest book. Its a great debut. Had me in stitches throughout. Immediately bought the next book in the series. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gina
Disappointed by this book, it could have been so good. It's Irvine-Welsh-esque and has some clever characterisation and humour but it doesn't work that well. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Buntcuster