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Fat Lad

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  6 reviews
When Drew Linden's new job brings him back to his native Belfast, he is determined to remain distant from everything that once tied him there, including his friends and family. But as three generations of family history unfold, it becomes clear that the past Drew has been running from is the very thing he needs to face. And that his sense of self is rooted forever in the t ...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Minerva (first published February 20th 1992)
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Stephen Buggy
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Easily the best writing about the North I've read since Eureka Street

It rings true. It sounds like the Northern Ireland I know. Unlike so many other Northern novels it doesn't concentrate on the extremists but rather on the moderate middle. It is interested in the whole fabric of being northern not just the stuff that makes the papers. In short: it sounds like it was written for people from here.

And sometimes the mirror Patterson throws up is familiar but not flattering. Take this wonderful pass
Andy McDougall
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glenn Patterson is one of my favourite authors – from anywhere – and few, if any, Belfast writers have written as consistently well as he has about his city and the Troubles. Indeed, this list could be entirely made up of Glenn Patterson novels. Fat Lad is perhaps his most ambitious, it sets out to be and is billed as the Belfast novel, with a truly glowing endorsement essay from another Belfast literary big-hitter, Robert McLiam Wilson, featured as an addendum. Fat Lad tells the story of a city ...more
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A young man, originally from Belfast and now living in England, goes back to Belfast to work at a bookstore branch there. This return confronts him with lots of issues from his past, both personal, social and political, which often, more than anything else, make him realize how confused he still is about so many of those unresolved questions.
The city is very present there, the writing is well crafted and makes you want to go on reading and see what happens, but, in my opinion, there may be too m
Mary Lou
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: irish
I really wanted to like this and although it took a while to get into I did. The setting is my time and my city and I gave the book a pass in all the tests. Very credible and not dated, great characterisation -if anything - too many people and stories. Highly recommended
Dec 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Another Belfast love and loss, not the best of them, but pretty good, with a bookseller backdrop.
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