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  • Title: Waterline
  • Author: Ross Raisin
  • ISBN: 9780670917358
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mick Little used to be a shipbuilder in the Glasgow docks He returned from Australia 30 years ago with his beloved wife Cathy, who longed to be back home But now Cathy s dead and it s probably his fault Soon Mick will have to find a new way to live get a new job, get away, start again, forget everything.
    Waterline Mick Little used to be a shipbuilder in the Glasgow docks He returned from Australia years ago with his beloved wife Cathy who longed to be back home But now Cathy s dead and it s probably his fau

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    1. Ross Raisin wrote one of my favourite books of last year, and indeed of all time, God s Own Country, so I d had his second novel Waterline pegged as a must read since its release Although I found it equally impossible to put down reading the book from cover to cover in one sitting Waterline is a very different animal to Raisin s debut Where God s Own Country was bleak, darkly funny and thrilling, Waterline is bleak, bleak, bleak That isn t to say it s bad it is an incredibly powerful and emotive [...]

    2. At times bleak and despairing a novel about grief,depression,families and friends.Set initially in working class Glasgow the scene then shifts South to London where we encounter the world of the homeless.Parts of this section were laboured and repetitive I found.This novel is well written,permeated with humour and phrased in vernacular of Glasgow.Four stars.

    3. And see if he did put a claim in then the reminders would be there the whole time for months, years, however long it took and even that is still ignoring the main thing why should he get a windfall Him that brought it into the house and handed her the overalls to wash and here s two hundred grand, pal, take it, it s yours you deserve it After the death of his wife to mesothelioma, Mick has to start his life over, struggling with the guilt from her death attributable to residue from his job in th [...]

    4. Ross Raisin does a fine line in dark and deep His first novel was shortlisted for nine literary awards and I d go so far as to say this will follow.It details the downward spiral of Mick after his wife dies from methothelioma a condition he blames himself for from his time working on the shipyards, bringing the dust back home We meet Mick and his family at the funeral Craig, his taciturn son who says little to his father and feels a lot for his dead mother and Robbie, the younger son who now liv [...]

    5. Following the descent of a recently widowed man into homelessness, Waterline is my read of the year so far The grief and terror Raisin depicts as Mick attempts to process the death of his wife and manage his new life on the streets is truly moving Much like God s Own Country this novel focuses on themes of isolation and withdrawal, or rejection, from society The narrative switches from Mick s voice to outsiders, such as the reader, who encounter the homeless on a daily basis but keep their eyes [...]

    6. Book at bedtime Ross Raisin s long awaited new novel after the success of his prize winning debut God s Own Country The sun is on his face, and he spots the postie turning in through the gate He is awake, that s obvious enough, but he has this sense of unrealness That it s him that s not real That s aye what it feels like As if all these goings on around him the sunshine, the television still quietly on, the post tummelling onto the mat they are all part of some other life, one that he can see, [...]

    7. got a good review at the weekend from various papers and I really liked his first novel God s Own Country.I am tempted to give it 5 stars because it ended up a moving account of one man s descent into poverty and homelessness after the shock of his wife s death He is an ex Clydebank shipbuilder, and feels guilty because he has caused her death through the asbestos he brought home on in his clothes Unable to cope with the grief anf guilt and too proud to go on the dole on the broo or to claim com [...]

    8. really great novel about family man who loses his wife, his job, his sons loves, his respect and selfworth, then goes to the streets and lives rough and nobody knows where he went his family finally tracks him down and he screws up the courage to meet his sons again, or so we suppose the ending is a bit ambiguous in only that we know someone died, alone but then, don t we all brilliant pacing, controlled descriptions of uncontrolled decent into illegitimacy story itself reminds me of izzo s A Su [...]

    9. I had to read this for my book club Please don t ask me to read it again, ever I was the only person at the group who did not rave about it s realism, and how it changed their view of guilt because his asbestos covered clothes gave his wife cancer , depressed due to being widowed and homelessness because he lost the plot of who cared about him and would have supported him in his guilt grief if only he had TOLD THEM.The best section was how social workers tried to connect with him, and help The f [...]

    10. Had this recommended to me through radio 4 s Open Book programme I loved the sensitivity with which the author paints the portrait of his lead character.

    11. I loved this book, despite my reservations at the beginning What an insightful exploration of grief, male relationships and homelessness I was challenged and moved in equal measure Would highly recommend.

    12. sad, personal, idiosyncratic written in mild glasgae it s no In God s own Country but it s an enjoyable read for the same reasons.

    13. A waterline is the marking on a ship that shows where it sinks to Mick was a Glasgow shipbuilder at one time, before the industry went belly up It was there that he picked up the asbestos fibres that eventually killed his wife Memories of her washing clothes coated in fibres, of shaking the fibres out the front door mat, haunt him Fueled by guilt and depression, Mick sinks below the waterline.The funeral, the family, the well wishes it all gets too much and Mick snaps He up and leaves for the an [...]

    14. So this is grief, well Sat at the kitchen table with all your joys and your miseries sleeping and snoring about you and you sat there wondering what to do for your breakfast He closes the eyes and tries picturing her, her face, before that, while she looked healthy still It s a blank but, the brain doesn t want to go there, so he sits with the eyes closed just A moment of peace You keep on What else can you do You keep on Ross Raisin begins his novel Waterline in the midst of a gathering of frie [...]

    15. This is a beautiful book The things in it aren t pleasant, as Mick has a hard time with the death of his wife He doesn t want to live in the Glasgow house where they lived together any longer and moves into the shed in the back garden, before making a radical move out of Glasgow itself.Mick s situation is getting and desperate Not only that, mentally he s not quite there either He s tuned out of society for the most part at some point he realises that Christmas must have come and gone months [...]

    16. If you start taking down all the things in the place that are fingered with memories, then that s the whole house emptied ,, 3 April 2015This review is from Waterline Kindle Edition Utterly believable narrative, following Mick Little, once a Glaswegian shipbuilder, now a driver, in the aftermath of his wife s death From the fairly normal beginning, where he is hanging up condolences cards and his family are staying with him, Mick s life soon disintegrates entirely As the relatives go home, and h [...]

    17. I liked the insightful story despite the labor in reading it reminded me of Scottish lit of the past, hard to come by in US I look forward to reading Out Backward for the story and the Yorkshire speech.What happens to community individuals when a giant industry closes We follow an man of little education less ability to verbalize his feelings His wife has died, there is miscommunication within family he struggles falls I thought of the many street people I ve seen in the past, long before the cu [...]

    18. This is very good It can be read as a tribute to the people who work with those whose lives have collapsed It shows what hard and often unrewarding work it is trying to help people rebuild their lives The book reminded me in a number of ways of George Orwell s Down and Out in Paris and London An interesting technique that Ross Raisin uses is to write a small bit from the perspective of an anonymous stranger this person describes a scene which has a little detail in to show that one of the people [...]

    19. Knocked me sideways When the novel opens, Mick, a former shipyard worker, is immersed in the strangeness of having a houseful of relatives after the funeral of his wife, Cathy We see him interacting with his middle class in laws and his grown sons, the one from Australia and the other, taciturn, living on the other side of town After they depart, Mick finds himself unable to cope with Cathy s loss but unable to acknowledge his difficulties to others, and he starts what becomes a dramatic slide [...]

    20. There is a wonderful depth to the characterisation and the descriptions of places in this book It is beautifully written I was hardly phased by the scots dialect after the first couple of pages That gave it rhythm and added to the feeling that Mick was confiding in me personally It s a fairly miserable story but it has poetry and there s a hopefulness to be found in every kind act or thought directed Mick s way, whether he s prepared to accept it or not Raisin successfully pulls us along on a jo [...]

    21. 3.5 starsWaterline reads largely like a character study of Mick Little Mick is a Glaswegian former ship builder who falls apart when his wife passes away Unable to complete seemingly simple tasks going to the shop, speaking to his two sons he disappears, into the homeless population of London I kept waiting for some plot resolution in Waterline i.e for Mick to reconnect with his devastated broody son Craig, etc but that s just not the kind of book Waterline is Other characters are introduced bri [...]

    22. I read this book to the end reluctantly Initially I found it very difficult to deal with the Scottish lilt, which after a while just became irritating Once Beans was introduced the story became a little interesting but still it just seemed to go on and on about nothing really I like the idea that the story shows how easy it is to get into Mike s situation and how difficult to get out of it, but I couldn t understand the need to introduce characters to the story that just didn t add anything Not [...]

    23. Really, really difficult to rate this As a convincing, heart tearing vivid and penetrating piece of fiction, an insight into the life and mind and voice of a man bereaved of wife, job and reason for existing, it could hardly be beaten, and Ross Raisin did a superb job in keeping me turning the pages, but, goodness was it depressing and doom laden, with a heart stopping ending To say I loved it would be a lie Nevertheless, it is an amazing piece of work.

    24. Glaswegian ex shipyard worker struggles after the death of his wife, descending into homelessness, guilt and decay.Cheery summary but realistically imagined and clearly a lot of research has gone into it, which ultimately makes the ending seem a bit trite Also once or twice the Glasgow patter mis fired I felt which jarred on my Glaswegian ear, but overall the rhythm and tone of the main character s inner monologue worked well.

    25. This is quite a disturbing book to read given the subject matter homelessness, mental health issues and alcoholism Although I initially disliked it intensely, I finally sat down and got stuck into it, mainly just to finish it To my surprise, by the end of the novel, I had a great deal of respect for Mick and the effort he and his family made I only gave it 2 stars as it is a fairly depressing read and the cadence of the text irritated me Now to read something cheerful

    26. I really loved Raisin s previous book, but this one left me a bit cold I struggled to find the required sympathy for the central character, and while I have no problem with bleak content, I found a lack of progression and the sense of doomed repetition a bit tiring I think I miss Raisin s rural setting No doubt a great writer but this book just didn t suit me at this time.

    27. This is the story of Mick Little, whose life deteriorates after the death of his wife Although he has two sons, he is not close emotionally or physically to either of them His descent into poverty and homelessness is one of great tragedy and Raisin s telling of this tale is powerful and emotional and quite significant in the troubled times.

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