E–book [How Late It Was How Late A Novel] ì James Kelman

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  • How Late It Was How Late A Novel
  • James Kelman
  • English
  • 09 July 2018
  • 9780393327991

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summary How Late It Was How Late A Novel ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ll badly beaten and he slowly discovers completely blind And things get worse his girlfriend disappears the police uestion him for a crime they won't name and his stab at disability compensation embroils him in the. A difficult read not because the narration is told via stream of consciousness of a 38 year old drunkard and ex convict but because the language is that of a working class Scottish dialect that I am not familiar with I have no problem with difficult reads as I have read and liked the works of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett but they are written beautifully unlike this book of Kelman whose supposedly humor totally missed my funny bonesThe one that saved this book from getting 1 star rating for me is its Kafkaesue mood all throughout My take is that Kelman tried to show to the reader the true life of what is going on in the lives of the working class Scottish men For example when Sammy this book s main protagonist is filing for disability because he thinks that he has turned blind and when he truthfully says the reason that he was arrested and beaten by the police he was denied of the disability When examined by the physician he was also refused to be considered as blind I mean we the working class anywhere in the world are getting unfair treatment be it in the office in government offices like when we deal with social security salary tax and even with medical insuranceSammy s insensitivity and directionless life is not something that is foreign to me too I had a cousin before whose child had to stay in my parent s house because he spends all his money on alcohol because he felt that his marriage was on the brink of falling apart So to forget about his pain he turned to drinking It was no different from Sammy whose wife left him and his kid was distant from him I just don t know why men like them fall for alcohol instead of fixing what is broken because obviously as in the case of Sammy and even that of my cousin alcohol does not solve anything When they wake up the problem is still thereI have not read any of the novels that Kelman beat up in 1994 in the Booker race I have The Folding Star tbr though so I guess I need to pick that up soon I have read 1992 s winner The English Patient 4 stars and I thought that Ondaatje s a lot better than this I even prefer Kelman s 1992 novel my first by him another 1001 book Kieron Smith Boy 3 stars

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summary How Late It Was How Late A Novel ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Kafkaesue red tape of the welfare bureaucracy Told in the utterly uncensored language of the Scottish working class this is a dark and subtly political parable of struggle and survival rich with irony and black humo. People try to stop ye stop ye doing things They dont allow ye to live But ye ve got to live If ye cannay live ye re as well dead What else can ye do It would be good if somebody telt ye What way ye were supposed to live They dont fucking tell ye that but they ve got nay answers there man no to that yin that fucking uestion know what I m saying it s just big silences that s what ye fucking get big silences How no to live That s all they tell ye Fuck them all It s you They dont change but you have to That s the fucking crack

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summary How Late It Was How Late A Novel ↠ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF One Sunday morning in Glasgow shoplifting ex con Sammy awakens in an alley wearing another man's shoes and trying to remember his two day drinking binge He gets in a scrap with some soldiers and revives in a jail ce. This was one of the last handful of Booker winners that I had not read I must admit to having been deterred by its reputation as a difficult read and as it turned out such concerns were groundlessYes the book is mostly written in Glaswegian dialect but it is never at all hard to follow the antihero Sammy may be his own worst enemy but the tale of what happens when he wakes up blinded in a police cell is gripping and ultimately life affirming view spoiler even if very little is resolved hide spoiler