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The Magic Flute

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To learn the flute or drums and to march with the band in the Orange Parade was a way of life for many young Protestant boys growing up in 60s and 70s Glasgow, but then social change brought new opportunities, widened horizons and Tam found a passport to the new worlds of psychedelia and drugs.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 8th 1991 by Transworld Publishers Ltd
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Picked this up because Spence was the writer-in-residence when I was at Aberdeen Uni.

Think this is a novel more about rites of passage and snapshots of an era because I never really got a handle on who the characters were, rather than what they did. But then, a dominant theme was that they boys became predestined products of their respective upbringings, so maybe that's to be expected. In that respect, I suppose Malcolm, who follows his own chaotic path, is something of a barometer against whom
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