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This one reads like an also-ran when put up against comparable works by the likes of Irvine Welsh. The main story concerns the hapless exploits of two scouse scallies after a post office robbery in Wales that goes disastrously wrong.
Upon return to Liverpool the respective plots of the two principal characters become enmeshed with those of various others as the novel heads towards a violent climax which, by the time you reach it, the reader is more than glad that the whole sordid affair is finally over. Not because of the nature of the events but because of the way in which they're told. The writing is simplistic at times and at others just plain dull. For example, when the two "gangsters" take a train from Wrexham station they "ascend the stairs to traverse the footbridge to the far platform." That just reads like a police witness statement.
In all, there is just not enough good writing to keep one interested and, despite valiant attempts to develop the various characters with the aid of historical flashbacks etc, ultimately I was glad to see the back of each and every one of them.
The scale of the dangers the protagonists face is both sinister and consciously bathetic. While the novel includes its fair share of sliced and burnt faces, disfigured with knives or irons or boots or hammers, the fundamental golden object being chased and causing all this wreckage is not some huge figure as in many crime capers. Instead, after hearing:
"F%^&&* rich, Ally! F%^&&* brewstered, lar! ... Pure f%^&&* rich we are, lad! Pure f%^&&* loaded, man!"
we find out it is a pathetic £4,000. That life can be so cheap and characters have so little imagination does a huge amount to make concrete the reality of their existences.
I have heard some people say that Niall's books can be difficult and depressing due to the colloquial dialects and desperate subject matter. However, reading them breaks down that perception. Taking this novel as an example, you don't have to look far for humour, poetry, and great turns of phrase that make me jealous that I didn't come up with them first, such as "Litterfruited bushes" (p56).Read more ›
Wreckage is a powerful, poetic and gripping piece of writing about the devastation and damage that violence causes at all levels. It portrays those responsible for this damage as both pitiless and unflinching; the tragic victims as just that. Stylistically, Griffiths' writing alternates between Irvine Welsh-esque, expletive-ridden dialogue, and character-driven internal monologues that betray the unhinged minds behind such behaviour. There are also lengthy passages of rich, descriptive language detailing the geographical and historical context of the story. Griffiths', a Liverpudlian now living in Wales, displays an astonishing grasp of the language, history and socio-economic background of this particular part of the United Kingdom.
Wreckage may make for bleak reading at times, but this is a culturally significant novel that one cannot help but be moved, amused, and - on occasion - awe-struck by and I would recommend it to all fans of so-called 'transgressive' fiction (see: Irvine Welsh, Chuck Palahniuk et al).