1970, Edimburgo. Andrew, Billy, Carl e Terry si conoscono, bambini, tra i banchi di scuola e crescono nella Corea, uno dei più squallidi sobborghi della capitale scozzese.
1980. Ormai adolescenti, i quattro amici condividono le prime esperienze che «contano»: le risse con gli hooligans, le sbornie violente, il sesso cattivo e la droga.
Negli anni Novanta si perdono di vista, prendono strade diverse: c'è chi diventa un pugile, chi un dj strafamoso e strafatto, chi un tossico disperato, chi un bullo spavaldo zeppo di alcol e di sesso. Ma si ritrovano tutti ' o quasi ' all'alba del nuovo secolo, ormai quarantenni, sempre più ai margini della società, sempre più bruciati dalla vita, ma ancora straordinariamente amici.
- ISBN: 8850204213
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 560
Fantastic. Great characters. Loved following these boys.
for me, i found 'glue' to be an epic novel. 556 pages that i read in 48 hours. i don't remember anything about those days other than totally immersing myself in this novel. i really hadn't felt truly excited by a novel in a long time, although i'm often reading things i enjoy. it was everything abou Leggi tutto
"What would have happened if Jesus had been late for the last supper, boys?" "Eh would've goat fuck all tae eat." This is really more of a 3-star book in its majority, but a 4-star book in truth, and I'll explain why in a minute. If you read Welsh, this one will seem mighty familiar: a bunch of schemin Leggi tutto
This is definately one I have to go back and read. This exploration of four friends and the different paths they take over several decades is very enjoyable. Disturbing and vulgar, hilarious and heartbreaking, especially the character of Andrew Galloway and his tragic turn. Another good one from Edi Leggi tutto
Just fucking brilliant. This incredible epic is Welsh at his finest.
A tale of friendship and life. A concept novel that follows 4 males as they grow up together in the same working class area. The story is set in 4 parts, each 10 years advanced from the last. We get to see the boys at 5 years old, and then again as awkward teenagers before seeing how they have devel Leggi tutto
This novel follows several decades of the lives of four Scottish friends, from their high school days in Edinburgh until their thirties, when circumstances have put them each on separate paths. In essence, this is a story about life growing up in "the scheme" (government housing projects aimed at el Leggi tutto
This was one of the first Welsh books I discovered, and I loved it. It's as heartbreaking as it is funny and the four main characters are bizarrely likeable. The fourth of the five sections is not quite so captivating as the others but it doesn't detract from the novel too much at all.
why yes, i do believe i've found a new favorite author . but. you know that frustration of a sneeze coming on; it builds and you think shit, this is going to be a big one.. and while you pull a stupid face bracing for the blow-out, it immediately evaporates to nothing? a disappointing end, it left me Leggi tutto
If you don't want to read a book filled with words that are written so that when you read them you are pronouncing words in a Scottish accent then this and many of his books are not the books for you. If you don't mind that then go for it, it only takes about a chapter to become proficient in readin Leggi tutto
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