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Glue by Irvine Welsh
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it was amazing
Recommended for: fans of the author, fans of 'porno'
Read 2 times. Last read January 1, 2005.

for me, i found 'glue' to be an epic novel. 556 pages that i read in 48 hours. i don't remember anything about those days other than totally immersing myself in this novel. i really hadn't felt truly excited by a novel in a long time, although i'm often reading things i enjoy.

it was everything about it that made me really love what i was reading. the characters start off as children, not really aware of their surroundings [like most children who are more concerned with playing with friends than real life:] and the novel spans, a life time for some and an end of an era -or two- for others.
i have to give a special mention to andrew galloway who is by far my favourite character in this book. poor gally, i love him so.

there are themes carried over from 'trainspotting' [but not so much with the anarchist lifestyle.:] but 'glue' is no poor-mans sequel. it holds well on its own, with its own life [although not its own world. some of these characters find their way into the 'trainspotting' sequel 'porno'.:] it's a novel with something for everyone, universal truths and down in the dirt entertainment. it is a irvine welsh novel and if you've picked up something he's written before then that should give you an idea of the kind of thing you're in for. it is a harsh reality, with snarling and bumbling real life characters and a pull that will not let you put it down until you finish every word.
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February 23, 2008 – Shelved

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Paddy's Daddy Publishing You may also like Mark Wilson's Bobby's Boy or Naebody's Hero.


Sara Thanks, I'll check it out!


Michael Chipchase Excellent review Sara!


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