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Winner of the 1994 Booker Prize
"Witty, irreverent and thoroughly engrossing...Kelman is a major talent, and this is a bold, highly accomplished novel." — San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle
Posted March 1, 2013
Disgraceful. Kelman is like a little kid that just learned a 4-letter word. He can't wait to say it over and over and over again.
And his little friends - the Booker judges - are all tittering at his cuteness, and how it offends.
This book was unfinishable. After 60 pages I gave it up.
This gives an unpleasant odor to the award, which has seen many excellent books. However, this is the second in the early 90s that was worthless.
Posted October 21, 2010
If you are looking for a quick, pleasant read, something to fill your evenings or an afternoon on the beach, walk away now. With this novel, Kelman offers insight into a tiny sliver of society which most readers have never experienced. Yes, the language is harsh and shocking, but the reader has been allowed see the world through Sammy's eyes, to experience his struggles and setbacks with a sound track of Scottish vernacular and American country music. Throughout the book, he maintains an positive and hopeful outlook, a childlike innocence in his complete acceptance that his struggles are direct consequences of his actions. His strength and determination as he accepts and learns to live as a blind man have made him one of my favorite characters of all time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 24, 2007
Terrible read. At first, the prose is so engaging, but then it enters into the realm of the obnoxious. And the story - am I supposed to be sympathetic toward this 'victim,' who after drinking too much and passeing out near the docks gets messed with by the cops?
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Posted November 22, 2008
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