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Glue
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on 9 July 2015
One of Great Britain's finest writers gives us this excellent, interesting and touching story of a group of Scottish friends; from their youth to adulthood.
The four main characters each have their own distinctive personalities and the interactions between them are realistic, complicated and often very moving. Welsh manages to capture perfectly their individual personalities from the start and develop them as they grow through the novel (from the unbridled confidence of a child, to the introspective, rollercoaster emotions of a teenager, and finally the complex doubts and worries of their adult selves). You really feel you get to know these characters as people, they seem so real - I genuinely feel if I ever visited Leith, I could walk into a bar and be hit on by Juice Terry Lawson or could get into a club to see DJ Carl Ensign Ewart play. There are also cameos from some of Welsh's other well known characters, sometimes just mentions (Lexo, Begbie, Spud, Sick Boy et al).
The title of Glue obviously refers to the cheap high that teenagers can get from huffing it but it also refers to the bond that holds this group together- it can be broken but re-mended; the cracks may still show but they just tell the story.
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on 15 May 2018
I've struggled to put my finger on my problem with this one, but I suspect that it's because there's a repetitive feel to it. The chapters are based on one of the characters' (mis)adventures, but they're all having similar ones with drugs, alcohol, enemies, women et al and 200-odd pages in, it's all getting a bit samey. I'll probably finish it and I'll probably read more of Mr Welsh's work too, though.
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on 24 July 2014
the brilliant Scottish writer at his best. the usual mix of entertaining characters (some new but many familiar) and blinding set pieces.. has a feel of trainspotting but with more of a driven plot. lacks the epic quality of skag boys but a more concise novel is hard to put down and you can conceive of reading it in one sitting. the follow up porno has an element of ridiculousness which is not as evident here although the appearance of a fictional mega star is difficult to assimilate. well worth a read for anyone and unmissable for Welsh fans.
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on 8 June 2017
Excellent. Gritty, well-paced and gripping.
A story of old friends growing up through the 80s and 90s. As an old raver it brought back many a nostalgic reminiscing.
Written in Irvine Welsh's usual Scottish vernacular, you can hear their voices in your head.
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on 13 June 2018
One of Irvine's best books, in my opinion. It arrived promptly, in excellent condition and I am very pleased with my purchase.
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on 24 December 2016
My all time favourite novel. Irvine Welsh can be a bit hit and miss at times, but this is his best by far.
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on 14 August 2015
I considered ditching this book due to my loathing of "Juice Terry Lawson "
Born a schemie myself the charisma of the other main characters Billy, Carl and Gally annihilated Juice Terry in the fit for purpose schemie manner that only increases arrogance. So familiar that by the end of the book Terry was my good mate. I immediately picked up " A Decent Ride" Gaun yirsel the boy Lawson.
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on 2 April 2018
husband loved it
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on 16 May 2001
The book follows the fortunes of four young "schemies" from Edinburgh - tracing their lives from youngsters in the early 70s through to the new millenium.
The book is colourfully written in the vernacular of Edinburgh and it is this feature which, in a similar vain to Welsh's other books, can make it hard to read - but once into the patter makes it a scream.
The characters are all different and flawed in different ways - there is Juice Terry - a Silver Tongued Cavalier who seems to be growing the shape of Marlon Brando more than Graeme Souness, who he idolises. Terry is a beer swilling, piss taking womaniser, who's outlook on his warped morality can only be summarised by his own phrase for it; "the spice ae life".
Playing the butt of the jokes of Juice Terry are Billy "Business" Birrell - a quiet, talented boxer, Carl "NSign" Ewart - an albino headed Hearts supporter who makes it as a Club DJ - and Andrew "Gally" Galloway - who lady luck does not shine upon in any way.
The rich tapestry of their interaction and the other characters brought along make this book difficult to put down. As ever, with Welsh, there is grit and sorrow in the book, but the moments where humour takes over, either in dialogue or in circumstance bring tears to the eyes.
On the whole - excellent read.
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on 18 June 2013
having read all of Welsh's books i enjoyed this in the main but felt it ran out of steam and became rather implausible. The dialogue and descriptive nature of the various character's psyches are as brilliant as ever with all the wit and toe curling detail he used to show. As the characters moved on and had various degrees of success i just felt the book didnt know when to finish, but personally i didnt want it to as it was so well written.
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