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Growing Up in the Gorbals Hardcover – Large Print, 15 Oct 2003
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"'... a classic... he caught both the people and the place... and there are passages which stand comparison with Zola and Gorky. The Observer" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is not the only disturbing aspect of the book. Glasser carries also the hugest ever chip on his shoulder and goes through Oxford denying everyone (Crossman, Cole, Beveridge, later on, outside Oxford, Gollancz and Laski, as well as Orwell) any right to speak for the working class and allegedly seeing through them and their petty personal agendas--without ever doing anything or even putting forward any alternative proposals of his own.
I did enjoy the descriptive passages of life in the Gorbals of the first volume, but read on already with a nagging feeling of dissatisfaction at the back of my mind. By the end of it, I was finding it irritating; a third of the way into the second volume, irritation had given way to indignation.
(Read Jeff Torrington's 'Swing hammer swing!' for a similar thematic concern. Really, do ...)
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