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A Disaffection

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Patrick Doyle is a 29-year-old teacher in an ordinary school. Disaffected, frustrated and increasingly bitter at the system he is employed to maintain, Patrick begins his rebellion, fuelled by drink and his passionate, unrequited love for a fellow teacher. A Disaffection is the apparently straightforward story of one week in a man's life in which he decides to change the way he lives. Under the surface,however, lies a brilliant and complex examination of class, human culture and character written with irony, ...

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Overview

Patrick Doyle is a 29-year-old teacher in an ordinary school. Disaffected, frustrated and increasingly bitter at the system he is employed to maintain, Patrick begins his rebellion, fuelled by drink and his passionate, unrequited love for a fellow teacher. A Disaffection is the apparently straightforward story of one week in a man's life in which he decides to change the way he lives. Under the surface,however, lies a brilliant and complex examination of class, human culture and character written with irony, tenderness,enormous anger and, above all, the honesty that has marked James Kelman as one of the most important writers in contemporary Britain.

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Patrick Doyle, a 29-year-old Glasgow schoolteacher, feels hopelessly trapped in a life of compromise and hypocrisy. A closet revolutionary who believes that all teachers are Establishment lackeys, Doyle despises his colleagues but has no other social contacts. His life is an endless round of lunch-hour pints in working-class pubs, cheap take-out dinners, and lonely weekends in his dreary flat, where his only amusement is playing imaginary music on cardboard ``pipes'' that he salvaged from the trash. Like a Samuel Beckett character, Doyle swings from suicidal despair to grin-and-bear-it resignation with pendulum-like regularity. Only Kelman's linguistic virtuosity--especially his use of Scots dialect, which can make the most depressing statements sound hilariously funny--keeps the book from collapsing under its own weight. Expect a limited but enthusiastic audience for this one.-- Edward B. St. John, Loyola Law Sch. Lib., Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780099283096
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square
  • Publication date: 12/14/1999
  • Series: Vintage Classics Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

James Kelman was born in Glasgow in 1946. His books include Not Not While the Giro, The Busconductor Hines, A Chancer, Greyhound for Breakfast, which won the 1987 Cheltenham Prize, and A Disaffection, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

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