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Shifts (Seren Classics)

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Against the background of a declining steel town, Shifts charts the lives of four closely bound characters, Jack, Keith, Rob and Judith in a story of grief, love, work and betrayal. When the plant closes all four are forced to take control of their lives. The men look to their work and to the past for explanation, while Judith seeks an answer in herself and those around he ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Seren (first published January 1st 1988)
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Mar 05, 2011 Nikki rated it it was ok
I didn't really enjoy reading Shifts. It didn't seem to go anywhere in particular for ages and ages, and I didn't enjoy the characters or anything. As a piece of Welsh writing, it's pretty similar to a lot of the other stuff I've looked at -- the story of people working in heavy industry, while the industry begins to die out.

It's a little awkwardly written at times, too -- doubtless a conscious decision, but dialogue is a little too naturalistic, if that's the term.

Basically, it just wasn't for
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Apr 29, 2012 Cath Beard rated it it was amazing
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This novel was the basis of my Master's dissertation and started me on the slippery slope of gender studies that led me to feminism. It's a novel of declining masculinity- on a personal and societal level. Meredith captures the early 80's anger at the dissolution of industry in South wales and distills it down to the dissolution of community, marriage and self. Brilliant.
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