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Download Epub Format Þ Swing Hammer Swing! PDF by ã Jeff Torrington This reads a lot like the Scottish version of The Ginger Man, although it s much warmer and likable, despite an early infidelity committed by the narrator Probably funnier too It s set in a run down section of Glasgow in the late 60s, and it s just a week in the life of an unemployed layabout whose wife is in the hospital, pregnant with their first child.
It s clearly written by a Scot, for his fellow Scots, and a lot of material eluded me simply because I couldn t tell what Torrington was talking about I felt like a kid reading Shakespeare for the first time The book seems like it could be altogether too miserable at first, but it settles into a groove midway through, and I was truly sad to reach the end.
yesterday I scratched ma arse Today I didnae.
Brilliant book An Energetic, Irreverent And Very Funny New York Times Book Review First Novel Set In Glasgow During A Single Week In The Late Sixties Publishers Weekly, In A Starred Review, Called It A Rich Scotch Broth Of Language, Steaming With Metaphorand Pungent Dialect Winner Of Britain S Whitbread Book Of The Year Award I must admit I hated this at firstit reminded me of James Joyce a bit too witty and temperamental for my taste However like Joyce, the metaphors and little witty quips and smart ass remarks along the way caught me up in the meatier parts of the writing I honestly enjoy reading this novel and just wish that the author had to offer after this publication I really was astonished to discover that the author was actually middle aged in the actual 1960s and not a 30 year old in the early 2000s I really have a craving for this novel sometimes It s like pancakesthat s the best way to describe it.
A blurb on the back says this novel is somewhere in that hinterland where Damon Runyon meets James Joyce I think I might throw in a little J.
P Donleavy as well When I read a Glasgow author it always takes me a while to get into the rhythm and dialect, but I am always rewarded for sticking with it There s plenty of humor and pathos as Tam stumbles through the week before Christmas just trying not to fall under the hammer like the rest of his Glasgow slum You notice there s no plot The author will address that issue in character during the story.
Set in 1960 s Gorbals, this is a week in the life of Thomas Clay, who has taken a year s sabbatical with a bad back , to write his first book.
The Gorbals is in transition, the slums in which Thomas lives are being demolished, and the high rise flats are being bulit.
In the course of the week, Thomas gets drunk than once, visits his pregnant wife in hospital, committs adultary, is harangued by his in laws, stands up to a childhood bully, is almost killed by hard line Protestants, witnesses a murder and much.
This was Jeff Torrington s only novel and though set, by my calculation in 1968, Beatles Yellow Submarine, Apollo space program etc, it apparently took thirty years to write, and this occasionally shows in some of the dialogue which have I think later references This small matter apart, I found this a thoroughly entertaining book, readers South of the border may struggl Swing Hammer Swing won the Whitbread Book of the Year I like whitebread, but scientists with Twitter feeds say it s no good for ducks or swans The latter can t moult and the young are unable to fly This book does fly, but doesnae go very far It s the Gorbals, Scobie Street, when all the houses were falling down and the less well healed populist sent on their way The ne er do well narrator Tam Clay, 28, wordsmith and would be author is aware that Scabie Street has its faults, all of which he s keen to document, and even the rats have tucked their tails in and, moved out, enmasse, but an invitation to visit the housing office in Castlemilk, or the option of the high rise Barlinnies in the sky , doesn t appeal It s a Friday to Friday stretch in the falling down life of Tam Clay Plot is where you bury somebody so he would have the reader believe, but you ca Like a number of other books set in my home city, this is essentially a tour of Glasgow in some ways but this one is of the city working class in the 1960 s, the bars they frequent and their love lives Thomas Clay is a failed novelist artist philosopher but then everybody in Glasgow is a failed novelist artist philosopher even the ones who are a success at something are usually tormented by the novel that got away Clay is being tracked by a sinister presence so he tries to stay one step ahead of whatever it is that s coming his way His wife Rhona is pregnant, his bit on the side, Becky McQuade is a form of sex on tap and much of Glasgow is waiting on something better it s just not sure what In some respects there isn t really a
I saw this book when the Sunday Times did whole page on The Winner of the Whitbread Prize for first novel 32,000 hell of lot now but in 1992 for a older man in his 70s was blood wonder This very funny book even now after 25 ys I can still remember bits of it including bit about a frying pan a dead budgie.
yeh great Scottish novel 30 years in the making of one week in the life of a Glaswegian drunk who visits his pregnant wife in hospital between visits to pubs and to friends Set in the 60s as the Gorbals are demolished it is funny and energetic and full of fantastic word play A rich and absorbing read, heavy with Scottish dialect found some notes in my 1995 notebook.
a kind of Glaswegian Ulysses with Cyclops the cat, the 3 sirens coming out of flats, his wife like Molly confined to bed although here a week, not a day, she s having a baby in hospital , fags and pubs and beer and darts The Dab four Talky Sloan the Marxist ranter, given short shrift here.