Animal torture was where I had to turn away. Big fan of Welsh's and have read most of his more popular novels and wanted to start in on the Juice Terry books. With Welsh you know what you're going to get, he's been writing the same novel throughout his career, but this is the first time I recall there ever being abuse to animals in it, and the degree of which the story takes it is pretty sickening. I'm pretty hard to offend, but this was too much. I may or may not finish the book at this point.
As usual Mr. Welsh has created a book not for the squeamish,politically correct or easily offended. Definitely one of my favorite books is year. I think that he creates strong characters based on his own knowledge. The story of four boys growing up together. They're coming of age and how life ebbs and flows and how it changed us and those around us. How we can drift apart and come together again.He created a book that is both heartbreaking and hilarious in parts. Nice touch with having a few Trainspotting characters make an appearance.
as i am what i consider a "dedicated" fan of Irvine Welsh's writing, i was eagerly anticipating my copy of "Glue" in the mail, and while i would not go as far as say i was unsatisfied with this book, i was definitely unimpressed.
set in the familiar surrounding of the Scottish "schemes," Glue follows three decades in the lives of four friends who have an intimate attachment and loyalty to each other that supercedes even time. although they are different in many ways, they share a unique bond that begins at where most bonds begin, their societal position. all of the same working class neighborhood, the boys [Terry, Carl, Billy, and Andrew] are actually linked up through their parents, if not their elementary school. needless to say, the similarities end there.
Carl is a budding DJ, Billy a budding boxer, Terry is a budding sex fiend, and Andrew is a budding loser. all of them are nice lads, and Welsh is an expert at describing the psychology of each character so...
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