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Children of Albion Rovers

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The critically acclaimed collection of novellasfeaturing six of the most exciting young writers to emerge from Scotland in the 1990s, including Irvine Welsh

Children of Albion Rovers is a world of tripped-out crematorium attendants (Alan Warner), vengeful traffic-wardens (James Meek), born-again vinyl junkies (Gordon Legge), and teenage girls who sexually humiliate their t
Published January 1st 2001 by Canongate UK (first published June 1st 1997)
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This is an anthology of six novellas by Scottish writers that was released back in 1996 when Scots were all the rage. Hot stuff then, interesting time capsule read now.

“Pop Life” by Gordon Legge is weak, plodding to the predictable ending; the characters are more analyzed than present in the story. It doesn’t have the energy that his short stories and flash fiction have (see In Between Talking about the Football.

“After the Vision” by Alan Warner is a novel excerpt and doesn’t resolve as novella
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Mar 17, 2014 Matthew Jaha rated it liked it
I had a great time reading this book on the bus on my way to work over the course of a week. My favorite short was Laura Hird's, and I thought Irvine Welsh's contribution the least attractive and ended up skimming through it.
A rough and at times difficult collection. I didn't finish the story by Irvine Welsh; I just couldn't get into it. The other stories are interesting and well written. I liked "The Dilating Pupil" best. I find Scottish writers difficult to read, as I don't understand a lot of the slang, but I still slogged through it and enjoyed some of it. I've read other Irvine Welsh books that I've enjoyed more, like, "Ecstasy." This book is a good overview of region specific writing.
Nov 15, 2008 Damon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was not much fun. I guess that I was more interested in this kind of stuff when I actually bought this book forever ago, and I should have probably just read it then. Someone vomits in almost every story.
Aug 02, 2008 Will rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gift from Minseo from Scotland. Some great short stories, though the Irvine Welsh one is a ripe turd.
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