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A working classic
on 30 January 2013
Despite the plethora of poor reviews this is a fantastic work of Scottish fiction. Personally I can relate to the existential angst which Hines suffers on a daily basis, suffocated by his own responsibilities dreaming of a life worth living. Kelman's style is idiosyncratic but I found it flowed well and I adapted to it within the first couple of pages. I read the book within a couple of days it was simply captivating. As has previously been pointed out this book contains expletives, but the book is set in working class Glasgow in the late 70's/early 80's language like that is to be expected. This is a great book which is reflective of the monotony and drudgery of living in working poverty, it is honest and unpretentious which may offend some middle class sensibilities.
To all those reviewers who can not stand 'bad' words head on down to your local high street muti-national book retailer and you will find plenty of contemporary quietist pulp fiction (most likely it will be '3 for 2') which paints the world as a wonderfully pleasant place, unfortunately for Hines and I such a world doesn't exist.