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Shuggie Bain: A Novel af Douglas Stuart
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Shuggie Bain: A Novel (original 2020; udgave 2020)

af Douglas Stuart (Forfatter)

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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)
Medlem:readwithwine
Titel:Shuggie Bain: A Novel
Forfattere:Douglas Stuart (Forfatter)
Info:Grove Press (2020), 448 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Shuggie Bain af Douglas Stuart (2020)

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A wonderful story about a unique mother-son relationship set amidst the backdrop of poverty-stricken areas of Glasgow. For some reason, I find all novels either set in Scotland or written by Scots to be above average - the combination of the people and the heritage their culture is based on allows for an intrinsically rewarding read. Shuggie is an empathetic character, as is his brother. However, I felt there could have been some greater exploration of his sexuality in the coming-of-age narrative of this novel. Nevertheless, it was a lovely read, and I'm looking forward to reading Young Mungo shortly. ( )
  IgnatiusMeany | Jun 22, 2024 |
We first meet Shuggie Bain as a solitary 16 year old boy living in a run-down bedsit in a tenement flat in the the Glasgow of 1992, dividing his time between underpaid shifts at the local supermarket and occasional attendance at school. Surrounded by alcoholic and predatory men in the flat he seems to have no family or prospects. Even the modest ambition of becoming a hairdresser is beyond him:

He had always loved to brush and play with hair; it was the only thing that made time truly fly. When he had turned sixteen he had promised himself he would go to the hairdressing college that sat south of the River Clyde. He had gathered up all of his inspiration, the sketches he had copied from the Littlewoods catalogue and pages ripped from the Sunday magazines. Then he had gone to Cardonald to see about the evening classes. At the bus stop outside the college he alighted with half a dozen eighteen-year-olds. They wore the newest, most-fashionable gear and talked with a buzzing confidence that masked their own nerves. Shuggie walked half as fast as they did. He watched them go in the front door, then he recrossed the street to catch the bus going the other way.

And then the book turns back to when Shuggie was a young child living with his mother Agnes, in her second marriage to the unreliable and violent Shug. Beautiful Agnes Bain has always wanted more than life has given her, but at the age of nearly forty she and her husband and three children are still living with her parents in their council flat, and life has been nothing but a disappointment. Disappointment turns to drink and Agnes's alcoholism becomes more and more in evidence. Eventually it is only the youngest child, Shuggie, who is left to support his mother...

This is a moving and very well-written book which provides a believable (and harrowing) account of a broken family in a broken city, Glasgow in the 1980s having lost its traditional industries. Highly Recommended. ( )
  SandDune | Jun 16, 2024 |
"They were suspicious of this woman who wore lipstick in the early morning and unchipped nail polish the color of sex."
Five stars for the writing, the characterizations (especially mother and son) and the story. Beautiful but bleak, I slowed down mid-book for a time (holidays), but was soon under the [a:Douglas Stuart|20681825|Douglas Stuart|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png] spell again. My empathy was with little Shuggie abandoned by all to pursue his loyal love for his wasted, alcoholic mammy. The portrayal of public housing tenants in the Galway suburbs is raw with cruelty and need. The men have lost their jobs and drink, fight and fuck away their frustrations. The women scrabble and gossip while trying to feed their too-many babies. Shuggie Bain's mother Beautiful Agnes drinks up everything - food, filial love, belongings and men. But throughout the reader cares about these folks, their dismal stories with flashes of humor, and stays with them throughout the book for its exquisite language and train wreck of a tale, thankful that the author persevered for ten years and thirty rejections toward his Booker prize. ( )
  featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
I listed to this in audiobook format.

Shuggie Bain is about a child growing up in Glasgow in the 1980s. His mother is an alcoholic, his father is abusive, and they live in poverty. It's about this family, but also about the neighborhoods and towns devastated by economic downturns and joblessness. The aimless prideful men who end up violent and drunk, their wives left on the dole, and the hungry children with no loving adults or role models in their lives. Despite the extremely dark, depressing, and serious themes, the story is told with just the right amount of lightheartedness and humor. The Glaswegian dialect and colorful insults alone had me in stitches. Ultimately the story is hopeful but only after many many chapters watching the inevitable horrors unfold for this poor boy who wants only to be loved. It's hard to "like" a book like this, though I think I did. It was extremely well written, though graphic and gritty to the bone, and tells an important story in a very authentic way. ( )
  technodiabla | May 7, 2024 |
POWERFUL, from cover to end, throughout this book I could relate to aspects from it from my own childhood being raised in a home with a war damaged father who turned to drink and a mother who joined him so that she could numb the anger and despair. As a child it is like living like as a whipped puppy and like Shuggie there is the IRRATIONAL COMMITMENT to a parent who loves you for all the right and wrong reasons, but can never find a balance or strength to live normally day to day. Shugggie’s lives in a constant survival mode and on top of this he has to deal with his own sexual identity. A reader will read the mean nasty nature of humans who are in fact wolves dressed up in sheep’s clothing. As you read you, you say to yourself, surely Agnes will get better, come on girl you’ve got pride, you want to punch Eugene and those pit women and children deserve what they get. Then you reassure yourself and say thank goodness this is only a narrative, but like all narratives they have a basis from fact and there is a lot of truth in this book, physical- sexual abuse as well as experimentation by children of life that is well beyond their years. Children are being raised by addicted parents and sadly become damaged as well and once broken the cracks are always there. ( )
  rata | Apr 5, 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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