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Shuggie Bain: A Novel di Douglas Stuart
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Shuggie Bain: A Novel (edizione 2020)

di Douglas Stuart (Autore)

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"Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of young Hugh "Shuggie" Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher's war on heavy industry has put husbands and sons out of work, and the city's notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings. Shuggie's mother Agnes walks a wayward path: she is Shuggie's guiding light but a burden for his artistic brother and practical sister. She dreams of a house with its own front door while she flicks through the pages of the Freemans catalogue, ordering a little happiness on credit, anything to brighten up her grey life. Married to a "whoremaster" of a husband, Agnes keeps her pride by looking good-her beehive, make-up, and pearly-white false teeth offer a glamourous image of a Glaswegian Elizabeth Taylor. But under the surface, Agnes finds increasing solace in drink, and she drains away the lion's share of each week's benefits-all the family has to live on-on cans of extra-strong lager hidden in handbags and poured into tea mugs. Agnes's older children find their own ways to get a safe distance from their mother, abandoning Shuggie to look after her as she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety. He is meanwhile doing all he can to somehow become the normal boy he desperately longs to be, but everyone has realized that Shuggie is "no right," and now Agnes's addiction has the power to eclipse everyone close to her-even and especially her beloved Shuggie. A heartbreaking novel of addiction, sexuality, and love, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family that is rarely seen in fiction"--… (altro)
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Titolo:Shuggie Bain: A Novel
Autori:Douglas Stuart (Autore)
Info:Grove Press (2020), 448 pages
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Five heart-wrenchingly beautiful stars.

This story of the unforgettable Shuggie Bain and his wistful, compassionate, innocent love of a mother struggling with the ravages of addiction will tear you up but somehow also manage to lift your soul to a magical place.

The story is based in the bleakness of the tenements lining the underbelly of the poorest areas surrounding Glasgow, in the 80’s, and is populated with characters that ring so true you can almost see them, laying out their washing, taunting, gossiping, sometimes supporting but mostly banding together against each other with ice-pick cruelty in an effort to liven up their dismal lives.

Through the years we follow Agnes Bains, Shuggie’s mother, along with her men, her family, and her children as she battles the ravages of shame, poverty and alcoholism, throughout it all standing tall and with fierce pride, carefully cultivating her beauty and dreaming of better days, as she looks out for the man, the escape that will re-define the harshness of her reality to one of the loveliness which she believes to be her due.

Shuggie, her youngest child, a sweet and effeminate boy, worships her as he struggles with dreams of his own about becoming a “real boy”, one who is “normal” and fits in with the world around him. “A soft boy in a hard world”, he works tirelessly to care for his mother as she descends into a world where she can no longer care for him, or herself.

Though, at times the story is so tinged with despair that it’s hard to read, at the same time, it is stunningly beautiful and Shuggie is so sweet, so endearing, that it is hard not to let him into your heart. And strangely enough, i found the same thing to be true of his mother, Agnes.

I could not recommend this one more strongly.

Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher Grove-Atlantic, and the author for an advance review digital copy of this book. ( )
  porte01 | Feb 11, 2021 |
Glasgow. Arbeiderstrøkene og arbeiderfamiliene etter at arbeidet forsvant. Etter Thatcher, gruvenedleggelsene og samfunnsødeleggelsene, etter at du ikke lengre er nyttig, ikke kan bidra, ikke har noen fremtid og alt som gjelder er å opprettholde en fasade, som i varekatalogene, med tro på lykken i bingo eller lykken i kjærlighet. Men alt som kan komme, det forsvinner før du egentlig får fatt idet. Oppi alt dette er rusen redningen fordi den lover og lyger og sier at alt er de andres skyld , er gubbens skyld og at alt kan bli bedre - om bare litt. Det er samlivsbrudd, oppbrudd, opprevne familier, utroskap, en sviktende far, fyll, spetakkel, endeløse rekker av morens menn innblandet overgrep. Og opp i dette barns usvikelige lojalitet til voksne som svikter så usigelig, men noen barn berger seg ved å komme seg unna mens en blir igjen og tror at bare han blir flink nok, ren nok, snill nok så vil mor bli edru og bli en vanlig mor. Han gir alt til den umettelige og tilslutt så bitre, blinde og forfalne. Vi ser aldri sårene hennes som skriker på plaster, salve og forbindinger idet hun for en stakket stund står oppreist, men vi hører om dem gjennom hele boken før det siste store fallet. Min litt irriterte overraskelse er betegnelsen på boken som en arbeiderroman mens det for meg er en fortelling om kjærlighet og svik der flukten, drømmen, bedraget og rusen gjennomborer alt. Fordi rammen for fortellingen er forfallen industri i industrialismens vugge-land?
  lestrond | Feb 9, 2021 |
Probably the most depressing book I ever read, but...I made it to the end. Kind of like not wanting to look at a bad accident but having to look at the same time. It's a testament to the author's skill that, despite the constant and unrelenting misery, I, in a way, understood the characters' pain and was really rooting for Shuggie and Agnes. ( )
  librarygeek33 | Feb 1, 2021 |
A beautifully written, unrelentingly bleak autobiographical novel tracing Shuggie Bain's early years. We start and finish with the sixteen-year-old Shuggie trying to make his way in the gritty part of Glasgow, working in a fast-food joint called Killfethers. In between the opening and closing scenes, Shuggie staggers through a series of unhappy experiences as he deals with his hopelessly alcoholic mother and works out his sexual identity. His parents, Agnes and Shug, each in their own way, are selfish, miserable people and the reader roots for Shuggie to find some relief. Throughout the book, I kept waiting for something good to happen, but there is nothing beyond the faintest glimmering of hope until the very end of the story when Shuggie finds he first true friend, Leanne, a girl-woman suffering through the same life Shuggie seems primed to leave behind.

This is an episodic novel. In one memorable chapter Agnes’ drinking buddy, Genty, comes for some freebies under the guise of a friendly visit. You want Agnes to just say no, but she doesn’t have a chance. Does Shuggie? Somehow, Douglas Stuart manages to make this episode laugh-out-loud funny in addition to everything else that it is.

Genty, Agnes, Shug and the Greek chorus of neighboring women from the Pit Scheme are worthy of Dickens, and the material world, without much material and with no deep values, friendships or love to speak of, are a vision of Hell where the fires have cooled to slag.

The last two chapters, where first Shuggie watches his mother die and then he and Leanne minister to Leanne’s mother on the streets of Glasgow, are both heartbreaking and hopeful. In the final scene, Shuggie smiles and laughs for what seems like the first time in the entire book.

I was struck by how the image of the waterman collecting bodies on the Clyde at the end of this novel echoes the scene on the Thames at the beginning of Our Mutual Friend; how Stuart’s image of children tending to their broken parents channels Jenny Wren’s sad parenting of her father in that earlier novel; and how Dickens’ Dust Mountain reappears here as the Black Mountain of Slag.

To the extent that this story is an autobiographical one, as one presumes that it is, we know that Shuggie’s new, independent life is the beginning of much better things to come. This book has the feeling of the first installment of a lifelong project where readers will follow the fictionalized arc of the author’s life. The next installment remains to be written but already has been lived; the rest remains to be seen. I am reminded that there are many installments of this story I will not get to read. That this is a fictionalized account of a real life in progress, or that it might not be, takes the work to another level. It’s the glimmer of better things to come, really the sureness of better things ahead, that redeems this beautiful but otherwise bleak portrait and fills the reader, more than it does the young boy making his way in a cold world, with great expectations for what lies ahead. ( )
  dhinden | Feb 1, 2021 |
Hugh “Shuggie” Bain is the youngest son of Agnes Bain with her second husband, Shug. Agnes left her first husband, often referred to as “the Catholic,” believing she was making a better life for her first two children (Catherine and Alexander aka Leek). But Agnes’ life goes from bad to worse through a combination of poverty, relationship issues, and alcoholism. Shug, a taxi driver, works a night shift that affords him ample opportunity to bed down with women all over Glasgow. Agnes socializes with other women in their housing estate in evenings filled with penny-ante card games and lager. As Agnes’ alcohol dependency escalates, her children try to cope by falling into codependent roles in the family. Shuggie is much younger than his siblings and a social outcast at school, leaving him with no one to turn to for support.

Over the course of the novel Shuggie grows from little boy to teenager. The family experiences several major shifts, driven largely by Agnes’ mental and physical state. Periods of hope are inevitably shattered. This is not a happy story. And yet, Shuggie has a certain resilience that keeps him going, even when things get as bad as they could possibly get. It is clear from the beginning that Shuggie will need to find his own way in life with almost no safety net. It is quite moving to watch him grow up and overcome incredible obstacles, all the more so knowing much of this novel is drawn from the author’s life experience. This is a memorable novel, extremely well-written and a superb choice for the 2020 Man Booker Prize. ( )
  lauralkeet | Jan 31, 2021 |
He’s lovely, Douglas Stuart, fierce and loving and lovely. He shows us lots of monstrous behavior, but not a single monster — only damage. If he has a sharp eye for brokenness, he is even keener on the inextinguishable flicker of love that remains. The book is long, more than 400 pages, but its length seems crucial to its overall effect. Like Agnes, we’re all doomed to our patterns. How often we repeat the same disastrous mistakes, make the same wrong turn again and again. And yet, like Shuggie, how often we rise, against all odds, to stumble forward once more. The book leaves us gutted and marveling: Life may be short, but it takes forever.
 

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Stuart, DouglasAutoreautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Coulson, JezImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Pickersgill, MartynAuthor photographautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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"Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of young Hugh "Shuggie" Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher's war on heavy industry has put husbands and sons out of work, and the city's notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings. Shuggie's mother Agnes walks a wayward path: she is Shuggie's guiding light but a burden for his artistic brother and practical sister. She dreams of a house with its own front door while she flicks through the pages of the Freemans catalogue, ordering a little happiness on credit, anything to brighten up her grey life. Married to a "whoremaster" of a husband, Agnes keeps her pride by looking good-her beehive, make-up, and pearly-white false teeth offer a glamourous image of a Glaswegian Elizabeth Taylor. But under the surface, Agnes finds increasing solace in drink, and she drains away the lion's share of each week's benefits-all the family has to live on-on cans of extra-strong lager hidden in handbags and poured into tea mugs. Agnes's older children find their own ways to get a safe distance from their mother, abandoning Shuggie to look after her as she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety. He is meanwhile doing all he can to somehow become the normal boy he desperately longs to be, but everyone has realized that Shuggie is "no right," and now Agnes's addiction has the power to eclipse everyone close to her-even and especially her beloved Shuggie. A heartbreaking novel of addiction, sexuality, and love, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family that is rarely seen in fiction"--

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