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Irvine Welsh continues his amazing run
Glue - Irvine Welsh
Member Name: ampleford
Glue - Irvine Welsh
Date: 09/08/01, updated on 09/08/01 (90 review reads)
Advantages: Story Line
Disadvantages: Ended quickly
"Glue" by Irvine Welsh has to be one of the best books of it's genre. Told in his now familiar style of speaking in the first person, involving you personally in the action, it's, as always, difficult at the start to determine which character you are, but persistence proves well worth it as the author takes you on an amazing journey inside the heads of the four teenagers (and their kin) during their teenage years and beyond into adulthood.
His understanding of the mindset of each different person is excellent, as he lets you experience each characters emotions as they go through all the traumas, the angst and the joys and fun of those years.
I was absolutely rivetted (or should I say glued) to each page in rapt attention as the tale of these lads' lives unfolded.
But (why is there always a but!?) I kind of got the feeling that Irvine became a little bored about 3/4 of the way through and added a new character who gave nothing to the story except as an unbelievable plot twist and as a vehicle for him to end the book. There were potentially more interesting characters who had skipped into the tale earlier and, just as easily, skipped out again, who could have been developed into a believable ending.
Or am I just being too picky. I am such a good writer that I can't even review this man's work with the eloquence it deserves, never mind create a story of my own.
The test of a book is how you feel when you've finished, and I was satisfied, like after a good meal (And if you seen me you'd know how I like a good meal !)
Irvine Welsh, in my opinion, is the most original and interesting writer in the mainstream at the moment.
Buy this book - enjoy.