For an insight into the workings of the mind of an individual caught in the depraved world of drugs and its consequences, this work is brutal, shocking and in many ways very frightening. It is exceptionally well written, and at times the reader is almost forced into a simulated experience of taking drugs, as the descriptive narrative is so terrifyingly real. The book is largely set outside the law (an as it gather pace, moves totally outside) and the reader is left wondering if the work is indeed fictitious or the confessions of a depraved monster. This is possibly because of the brilliant working of known facts, places and characters from Basingstoke into the text. Despite the otherwise strong, abrasive, antisocial nature of the book, there are some remarkable sections of original and contorted humour.
It is my view that this book will be highly acclaimed because it illustrates to society how far drugs have truly permeated into it. If drugs are to be defeated, then this book needs to be read by those wishing to understand the nature of the problem before attempting to eradicate it.
the tale of Emmanuel Cain, a Basingstoker with the unusual, triple, drug fuelled obsessions of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Basingstoke and blocking toilets, it's contemporaneously set in and around Basingstoke's streets and haunts, it's a compulsive read with great prose that is simultaneously insightful, grim and humorous, and contains absolute gems:
here Emmanuel Cain talking about his despised father: "When we leave Laarsen's [...] it is dark outside on Wote Street. [...] as we start walking uphill, the old man turns on his heel and suddenly bounds back down the cobbled incline, for maybe thirty yards, until he stands beneath the enormous sculpted phallus with a look of childish wonderment on his round, bald face. The big stone penis weighs seven tons and is the heaviest sculpture of a male organ in the UK. It seems somewhat less impressive with Great Britain's biggest prick standing next to it.
Great book; contains astonishing amounts of drugs and violence.
This is without doubt the best book I have read in a long long time and I read a lot. I first came across this as an e-book and when it was published in paperback I had to get myself a copy as this has the capacity to be The Catcher in the Rye for a 21st century generation. The authors grasp of drugs, depression and comic timing make this one of the most disturbing yet comical reads I have come across. Emmanuel Cain is the ultimate anti-hero. Even though he has a twisted outlook on life part of you just can't stop liking him due to depth the author has gone to in creating his existence. I stand up and applaud Samuel Roberts for this fantastic debut novel, and I have no doubt that 'He'll be back' and 'Sticking Around' for a long time to come. Can't wait for the next one!!!