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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  4 reviews
This collection of 35 short stories - most of them being published in this country for the first time - has been selected and arranged by James Kelman himself from over two decades of his work. The stories of Busted Scotch are set in the working-class milieu of Scotland and England - the pubs, betting shops, tenements, bedrooms, snooker parlors, and decaying industrial wor...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1997)
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Aaron (Typographical Era)
Kelman's body of work continues to impress me, but not amaze me. This short story collection was very solid, and much better in my opinion then the previous one I read, The Good Times.

The problem I have with Kelman is that his short stories are so good that I find myself wanting them to continue on. Yet when I read one of his novels, such as Translated Accounts or You Have To Be Careful in the Land of the Free I find myself wishing he'd move along already. The one shining exception would be How...more
Lots and lots of scotch. Think it would be nice? Well, it's one of those local collections of stories. I'm not that interested in bar life in Scotland. Read a few, even the one in dialect, skimmed a lot. May try one of his other works.
As is the case with most collections, there's a lot of variety in this one, differences in tone from comic to the tragic. The good stories are masterful, especially "By the Burn." One of my all time favorites.
I adore Kelman. Nuff said. (Point of bragging/trivia: a blurb from a review I wrote graces the front cover of the Norton paperback edition!)
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Kelman says:

My own background is as normal or abnormal as anyone else's. Born and bred in Govan and Drumchapel, inner city tenement to the housing scheme homeland on the outer reaches of the city. Four brothers, my mother a full time parent, my father in the picture framemaking and gilding trade, trying to operate a one man business and I left school at 15 etc. etc. (...) For one reason or anothe...more
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