- Paperback: 255 pages
- Publisher: Cargo Publishing; 1st Edition edition (1 Aug. 2009)
- ISBN-10: 0956308309
- ISBN-13: 978-0956308306
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.7 x 21.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,139,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cancer Party Paperback – 1 Aug 2009
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"Much in common with Irvine Welsh." --The Scottish Review of Books
"molotov cocktail in the face of Scottish literature" --Scottish Literary Voice
"a well realised novel with a nice sense of place and some great set pieces..promising for the future of Cargo." --The Skinny
About the Author
Andrew Raymond Drennan is an author from Paisley, Scotland. This is his first novel.
Top Customer Reviews
Adam's movement through the narrative takes in a startling array of set-ups and circumstances ranging from the bleakly grotesque to the beautifully frayed. These episodes benefit from an attention to detail reminiscent of Dos Passos; a sly wit tinged with echoes of Will Self; and a knack for the exploding, expanding imagery of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The satire bites down and grabs hold, certainly, but the inner workings of Drennan's protagonist are never too far from the seam of the story. Such humanity, even tenderness, is so rarely well-executed (or even attempted) in satire, which makes Drennan's debut a rare find.
Although the novel's setting in Glasgow 1997 propels many of the narrative concerns, as does the protagonist's tender age of seventeen, viewing such specifics as a limit to an understanding or identification would be reductive in the extreme. Themes of loss, loneliness, desperation, desolation, addiction, difficult social groups, thankless jobs, the search for love and a wrangling with identity are universal to all. That Drennan's novel touches on all of these and more, upon a finely-wrought framework of a destitution we can all recognize, makes for a remarkable, if merciless, read. Highly recommended.