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ISBN: 039332799X / ISBN-13: 9780393327991

How Late It Was, How Late

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Sammy's had a bad week - his wallet's gone, along with his new shoes, he's been arrested then beaten up by the police and thrown out on the street - ... Show synopsis

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  • How Late It Was, How Late (W. W. Norton & Company) – Trade paperback (2005)
    by James Kelman

    How Late It Was, How Late

    Trade paperback, W. W. Norton & Company
    2005
    English
    Direct ed.
    373 pages

    ISBN: 039332799X
    ISBN-13: 9780393327991

    One Sunday morning in Glasgow, shoplifting ex-con Sammy awakens in an alley, wearing another man's shoes and trying to remember his two-day drinking binge. He gets in a scrap with some soldiers and revives in a jail cell, badly beaten and, he slowly discovers, completely blind. And things get worse: his girlfriend disappears, the police question him for a crime they won't name, and his stab at disability compensation embroils him in the Kafkaesque red tape of the welfare bureaucracy. Told in the utterly uncensored language ... Show more

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Victoria53

A Glasgow story

by Victoria53 on Aug 19, 2010

This Booker Prize-winning book is both bleak and funny. Unless you've already heard how working class Glaswegians talk, you may find the style a little daunting at first. Just keep reading, don't stop and go with the flow. Sammy's experience of losing his sight, learning to cope, and then dealing with the consequences, in terms of bureaucracy, the local police and his family is heart-wrenching but rings true. And the language is amazing!

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