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How Late It Was How Late (Vintage Booker) Kindle Edition
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In How Late It Was, How Late, the central character, Sammy (Mr Samuels) is a natural victim. He is afraid of authority and is hopelessly fatalistic. He wakes up after a bender, in the street, wearing rubbish trainers instead of his good shoes. He sees some policemen and picks a fight with them. He is arrested, beaten up and loses his sight. The monologue then sets out to explore how he came to be in that situation - apparently he is an ex-prisoner who has had a big row with his girlfriend; he also has an ex-wife and son; he has a reasonable set of friends; and a benefit dependency.
HLIWHL also explores how Sammy reacts to his sight loss. He initially curses his luck, but is fatalistically accepting, as he tries to find his way home from the police station. He has to decide how to become mobile and to feed himself. He is worried about losing his benefits (no longer available for work) so he sets off to the Broo. Sammy's natural instinct when dealing with authority is either to say nothing or to lie.Read more ›
Sammy (short for his surname Samuels - we never do find out what his proper first name is, though I wonder privately if this Jewish-sounding name has any correspondence with the Jewish protagonist, Leonard Bloom, of Joyce's Ulysses) is a 38 year-old, failed criminal, alcoholic Glaswegian who, getting into a fight with two policemen after one too many benders, loses both his liberty and his sight - though he is let loose after a couple of days in the jug he is blind, whether permanently or not we never find out. Thereafter we follow Sammy's fractured, memory-impaired train of thought as he tries both to adjust to life without sight, and to make sense of what has happened to him in the time between going on his last bender and getting home to his girlfriend's flat.
Much of the flak "How late..." has received has been to do with the fact that it's written in demotic Glaswegian, as if narrated by Rab C. Nesbitt (in fact, despite my best efforts, I could only visualise Sammy as Gregor Fisher's addled tragicomic creation, rather than the angular, Jimmy Boyle-type thug that I earnestly tried to fix in my mind's eye). But I think that, if you can watch a film with subtitles or go to a live Shakespeare play, you should be able to cope with it - you just adjust to the cadence of the language, much as you do if you read anything by Lewis Grassic Gibbon (and HE hasn't received any flak that I know of, I'm glad to say, because he's a tremendous writer).
I'm not sure of the literary merits of "How late...Read more ›
After enjoying the novel's of Irvin Welsh a friend
recommended I read the glasgow writer James
Kelman. I chose 'How Late It Was, How Late' to
This novel by Mr Kelman is not a comfortable
read. But non the less a fine one. The character
of Sammy has hit a rough patch in his life ( to say
the very least). After his wife leaves and he has to
get by on the dole or in Glaswegian speak here 'the
brew' his troubles have only just begun.
Sammy is a determined, funny and relatable character.
Finding himself losing his sight one day. having been
locked up in a prison cell our Sammy adapts with admirable
spirit to his new dark life.
I didn't really notice or care about the many other characters
in this original novel. Sammy's adversity is one in which I found
myself cheering him on to the final page.
My friend's recommendation to read James Kelman led me to
thoroughly enjoy other books by him. In particular the short story
collection ,'Not Not While the Giro' and the very readable
'The Busconducter Hines'.
I recommend Mr James Kelman's work if you seek original, darkly
funny and very well written books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book will immerse and sweep you away in the curiously tragic world of 'Sammy' as he struggles with his new found afflictions whilst the world conspires against him. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mattykg
It's okay, but, I found the ambiguity a bit tedious after a while. I know that the character of Sammy is meant to be cynical and apathetic towards his situation and life in... Read morePublished 10 months ago by J Spencer, author of 'Post-Grad'
Prime Scotch literature about a wayward, disaffected man struggling to survive through hardship- brought about by himself. Gritty and intense, it's not for the squeamish. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ged
I read this unusual book as part of a personal challenge to read all the Booker Prize winners, and Kelman won in 1994 with How Late it Was, How Late. Read morePublished 21 months ago by John Goddard
I found the book absolutely gripping and easy to pick up and put down. As I neared the end, I began to wonder how the author would tie up all the loose ends - there seemed to be so... Read morePublished 23 months ago by fiddlur
Reviewers from the Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, The Independent and a selective group of Booker Prize judges all fell over themselves in praise of this novel. Why? Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2013 by Mr. Dean Brand
I'm a big fan of Irvine Welsh - based on that I was advised to take a look at Kelman. I prefer Welsh, but this is a very good read.Published on 21 Mar. 2013 by Martin A. Owen
Perfect writing gets the reader deep inside the head of the novel's character. No real plot, just a period in time, but very compulsive reading.Published on 22 Jan. 2013 by glentana