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Shuggie Bain (2020)

af Douglas Stuart

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Shuggie Bain er den uforglemmelige fortælling om drengen Hugh "Shuggie" Bain, en sød og ensom dreng som tilbringer sin barndom i et nedslidt alment boligbyggeri i firsernes Glasgow. Thatchers politik har gjort fædre og sønner arbejdsløse, og snart hærges byen af fattigdom, misbrug og forfald. Shuggies mor Agnes lever livet hårdt. Shuggie forguder hende, men hun er også en sten i skoen for både ham og hans søskende. Hun drømmer om at få foden under eget bord, mens hun bestiller tilfældige postordreting på kredit og forsvinder ind i sin egen verden, mens hendes mand ser andre kvinder. Agnes drikker, og hun bruger langt det meste af familiens understøttelse på guldøl, som hun drikker af tekrus. Agnes' større børn finder på hver sin måde væk i sikker afstand af deres alkoholiserede mor, og Shuggie overlades alene til hendes udsving mellem hovedløs druk og tørlagt fornuft. Shuggie længes desperat efter at være normal, selvom hans omverden ser ham som en afviger. Agnes elsker sin søn, men i sit misbrug formår hun alligevel ikke at give ham den støtte han har brug for, for at finde sig selv og forstå sin seksualitet. Shuggie Bain er en rørende roman om afhængighed, seksualitet og kærlighed, et episk portræt af en familie i arbejderklassen som man sjældent møder i romanens verden. Læsningen bringer mindelser om Édouard Louis, Alan Hollinghurst og Hanya Yanagihara. En tindrende debut.… (mere)
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"What good was a soft boy in a hard world?" Highly recommended for all libraries. ( )
  librarianarpita | Feb 18, 2024 |
This isn't an easy read because of its content but it is so well written and descriptive I found it (strangely) an enjoyable experience. I felt privileged to be allowed to see into these lives. For me the brilliance of the writing is in the conversations between people. The two alcoholic women spending an afternoon with cans of Special Brew, the taunts and bullying of children, around a family table and the non-alcoholics failing to understand what addiction is. These and more were perfectly captured in this novel. In 1980s Glasgow, Shuggie is the youngest of a family of three. His mother is an alcoholic. They live with Shuggie's grandmother at first and then are moved to a edge-of-town housing scheme packed with cousins. Shuggie doesn't fit in and his loyalty to his proud mother is heartbreaking. I loved them both and wanted happy endings for them so much but this rollercoaster of a novel played with my emotions until the end. ( )
  CarolKub | Feb 8, 2024 |
This has been on my to-read list for a while, but the reason I picked it up now was realising I could use it to fulful the Booker or Pulitzer winner item in this year's Helmet reading challenge, as I happened to spot it on the prize winner shelf at the library—it got the Booker in 2020. I found the main emotions this book inspired in me were sadness and despair over the loss of inspired lives. Shuggie has a chance, but his mother who looms large enough over the book I thought calling it Agnes Bain would have been equally appropriate, or Shuggie's siblings didn't, unless they left it all behind. ( )
  mari_reads | Jan 27, 2024 |
This story is about a narcissist alcoholic mom as told through the eyes of her effeminate possibly gay child.

After figuring this out, I wondered where the author could take this award-winning story for the remaining 350 pages.

I knew it was going to be painful.

I was bullied as a child (because I was overweight and wore glasses) and I know that wasn’t fun.

During my university years I had personal experience living around alcoholics and I know that isn’t much fun either.

Well, for one thing, it really didn’t matter.

Douglas Stuart seems to write humour and tragedy effortlessly. He leads me through Glaswegian conversations one could expect between consenting and not so consenting Scottish adults, Scottish “aunties” and children, between Scottish “uncles” and children, and between Scottish children that feel true and timeless.

I sometimes felt as though I was re-living the tragedy of Euripides’ Medea who would sacrifice her children before being consumed by fate and her own hubris, or that I was in a dark forest listening to Macbeth’s witches concoct a “special brew.” Or possibly revisiting Stephen Frears’ “My Beautiful Laundrette” where a gay man can simply find freedom in his differentness, and not have to conform for the sake of his society’s expectations.

They are stuck in Margaret Thatcher’s 1980’s puragtorio. After the closing of the mines but before the excesses of North Sea oil. And for the time being, Scotland has no way out.

Suggie Bain is at once confined by his mother’s differentness and liberated by it, the parallels between her descent into alcoholism and his growth into an independent young man are undeniable.

In a weird way his mom Agnes teaches Suggie how to win his independence even living in a moonscape of broken ideals, broken homes, broken economy, broken schools, broken nature, and broken health.

Aye, and even a broken Scotland, a Scotland whose only solidarity lay among the drunks and the envious louts.

Is Agnes a stand-in for jolly old England drunk on empires lost and royal heritage? Is it every Catholic and Protestant for themselves?

This story is a kind of upside-down bildungsroman, a quest of sorts that feels as much Henry Fielding as that other great contemporary Scottish author, Irvine Welsh of Trainspotting fame.

There’s plenty of satire and irony to go around.

It is pretty obvious by this story where fate will take you, less so what is the meaning of freedom in the midst of hardship and generalized poverty.

Agnes’ lair — Suggie’s home — is supposed to be spotless according to the narrator. But we know there are cans of lager and bottles of half-drunk vodka hidden everywhere. We know Agnes smokes like a chimney, and the thought of those rooms filled with smoke, cigarette butts and stale beer makes me gag.

Stuart fills in all of the details, where you are left to guess with other contemporary writers.

Suggie maintains the hope — something his siblings have given up on — that his mother will “get better” and that he will eventually become “normal,” although normal in this society is hardly aspirational.


And that forms the tension in this marvelous story, the best I’ve read in quite a while. ( )
  MylesKesten | Jan 23, 2024 |
excellent read
  Kat_by | Jan 19, 2024 |
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Shuggie Bain is set in this world of men run aground after the closure of mines, women sunk under the weight of drink, families living week to week on public assistance and disability benefits. It speaks in a Scottish English whose rhythms, even whose vocabulary, can be alien for American readers: misty with smirr and dusty with stour, its bruisers glaikit in their foolishness, gallus in their pride.... At its center is Agnes Bain, an imperious former beauty in a now-ratty mink whose disintegration Stuart observes lovingly but unsparingly. Shuggie is her youngest, her ward, her protector, and her target. He bobs in her beery wake, no more able to save her than his baby doll, Daphne.... Stuart’s project as a writer is in part about clearing space for tenderness among men, space for love.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerVulture, Matthew Schneier (Nov 10, 2020)
 
It is in many ways a harsh, bleak novel, for that decade was a harsh and bleak time in Glasgow, when the shipyards, engineering works and the coalfields on the city’s fringe were closing, and so many of the working-class were no longer working but living on benefits.... There is poverty, squalor and degradation here, much foul language and causal, sometimes brutal sex. What redeems the novel and makes it remarkable is that its central theme is love – a caring, responsible love.... The relationship between Agnes and Shuggie is beautifully, tenderly and understandingly done. Stuart doesn’t sentimentalise it and he hides nothing of the horrors of galloping alcoholism, but there is a gallantry about Agnes which commands respect and admiration, however reluctantly.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerThe Scotsman, Allan Massie (Aug 21, 2020)
 
It is, then, a testament to Douglas Stuart’s talent that all this literary history—along with the tough portraits of Glaswegian working-class life from William McIlvanney, James Kelman, Alasdair Gray, and Agnes Owens—can be felt in Shuggie Bain without either overshadowing or unbalancing the novel ... Stuart’s [has a] Grassic Gibbon–like ability to combine love and horror, and to give equal weight to both. Not only is Shuggie Bain dedicated to his mother, but in the acknowledgments he writes that 'I owe everything to the memories of my mother and her struggle'; he’s clearly determined to give all the contradictory aspects of that struggle their full due ... Stuart’s capacity for allowing wild contradictions to convincingly coexist is also on display in the individual vignettes that comprise the novel, blending the tragic with the funny, the unsparing with the tender, the compassionate with the excruciating ... Otherwise, the author is too generous—and, it would seem, too fond of his mother—for the central focus to lie anywhere but in the fierce, warm-hearted portrait of Agnes in all her maddening glory. As a result, this overwhelmingly vivid novel is not just an accomplished debut. It also feels like a moving act of filial reverence.
 
... his novel is resolutely, wonderfully Scottish at heart ... such a delight. Rarely does a debut novel establish its world with such sure-footedness, and Stuart’s prose is lithe, lyrical and full of revelatory descriptive insights. This is a memorable book about family, violence and sexuality ... Agnes is drawn with extraordinary sympathy: she simply leaps from the page as she juggles motherhood, a violent and philandering husband and her own demons, drink foremost among them. She is troubled, lovable, vulnerable and resilient ... This is a deeply political novel, one about the impact of Thatcherism on Glaswegian society ... It is brilliant on the shame of poverty and the small, necessary dignities that keep people going. It is heartbreakingly good on childhood and Shuggie’s growing sense of his otherness, of not being the same as the other boys on the estate ... Douglas Stuart has written a first novel of rare and lasting beauty.
 
With his exquisitely detailed debut novel, Douglas Stuart has given Glasgow something of what James Joyce gave to Dublin. Every city needs a book like Shuggie Bain, one where the powers of description are so strong you can almost smell the chip-fat and pub-smoke steaming from its pages, and hear the particular, localized slang ringing in your ears.... Agnes...is the real heroine of this story, so evocative and striking that she may be one of those characters you never forget. Stuart writes about Shuggie, a lonely, loving boy struggling with his sexuality, with skill. But the depiction pales in comparison to the sheer, knock-out force of what he managed to create with Agnes ... Shuggie Bain is full of people doing and saying awful things to one another all the time, but nobody really seems truly awful. Maybe this is what makes the novel so powerful and sad—it turns over the ugly side of humanity to find the softness and the beauty underneath.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerJacobin, Eliza Gearty (Mar 16, 2020)
 

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Shuggie Bain er den uforglemmelige fortælling om drengen Hugh "Shuggie" Bain, en sød og ensom dreng som tilbringer sin barndom i et nedslidt alment boligbyggeri i firsernes Glasgow. Thatchers politik har gjort fædre og sønner arbejdsløse, og snart hærges byen af fattigdom, misbrug og forfald. Shuggies mor Agnes lever livet hårdt. Shuggie forguder hende, men hun er også en sten i skoen for både ham og hans søskende. Hun drømmer om at få foden under eget bord, mens hun bestiller tilfældige postordreting på kredit og forsvinder ind i sin egen verden, mens hendes mand ser andre kvinder. Agnes drikker, og hun bruger langt det meste af familiens understøttelse på guldøl, som hun drikker af tekrus. Agnes' større børn finder på hver sin måde væk i sikker afstand af deres alkoholiserede mor, og Shuggie overlades alene til hendes udsving mellem hovedløs druk og tørlagt fornuft. Shuggie længes desperat efter at være normal, selvom hans omverden ser ham som en afviger. Agnes elsker sin søn, men i sit misbrug formår hun alligevel ikke at give ham den støtte han har brug for, for at finde sig selv og forstå sin seksualitet. Shuggie Bain er en rørende roman om afhængighed, seksualitet og kærlighed, et episk portræt af en familie i arbejderklassen som man sjældent møder i romanens verden. Læsningen bringer mindelser om Édouard Louis, Alan Hollinghurst og Hanya Yanagihara. En tindrende debut.

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