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Bucket of Tongues By Duncan McLean,

  • Title: Bucket of Tongues
  • Author: Duncan McLean
  • ISBN: 9780393318975
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this extraordinary collection of short stories, Duncan McLean shows us real life and real death in all its many guises Equally adept at black farce, brutal rants, or tender epiphanies, McLean plunges us headlong into the lives of his characters partying, and all it entails, with soccer enthusiasts shivering inside the butcher s man sized fridge stumbling bloody In this extraordinary collection of short stories, Duncan McLean shows us real life and real death in all its many guises Equally adept at black farce, brutal rants, or tender epiphanies, McLean plunges us headlong into the lives of his characters partying, and all it entails, with soccer enthusiasts shivering inside the butcher s man sized fridge stumbling bloody footed along the cliff top path at midnight, lost in a liver n onions fueled fantasy of sex and violence The men and women in these stories are mostly unemployed or in dead end jobs, often on the edge of madness or destruction but just as often they are on the brink of simply leaving walking away from relationships, responsibilities, and the reassurance of alcohol and aggression Told with enormous skill, fierce humor, and a dark emotional drive, these stories are as various as the characters themselves Their commonality derives from a merciless realism, and an almost fanatical adherence to the rhythms and cadences of spoken language McLean wants to capture the unremarkable, but it is his remarkable stories which transport Expressed here at last is a psychic disorder, so contemporary, so unsafe here is swaggering, sneering, frustrated, self scepticism on the pavement Guardian London Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award
    Bucket of Tongues In this extraordinary collection of short stories Duncan McLean shows us real life and real death in all its many guises Equally adept at black farce brutal rants or tender epiphanies McLean plung

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    1. I don t remember much about this book I m writing this to satisfy Jasmine s request for what I thought about the book I remember thinking that it would be a really cool book, and maybe there was even some kind of blurb or something at St Mark Books praising the book, or maybe I just wanted to read a collection of short stories that had a person licking someone else s face on the cover Or maybe it was because the guy is Scottish and I d had good experiences with Scotts before I don t know I remem [...]

    2. Not a book to read while eating lunch Nor for those who object to copious amounts of c ts and f king I don t, where necessary Contemporaneous with Trainspotting which I have not read , well written and observed of folks behaviour but not exactly enjoyable for much of the time, although I got a lot of pleasure from Bed of Thistles.

    3. Well Huh Short stories that have great eye dialect by this Scottish author Who coined that phrase, Sparrow The accent is conveyed really well, like you can hear it in the mind as you read But I didn t like most of them Those that worked for me were great, funny and full of cussing and the grit of life The rest felt odd, unfinished or pointless With a short story, with any book actually, I look for a storyline, for something to happen or unfold or splat or be explained I m a simple reader Take me [...]

    4. Not your traditional stories in this collection The majority of the stories are what used to be called slice of life stories The slice of life they give is of Scots on the edge Many of these stories remind me of people I knew or saw when I lived in Scotland McLean captures the inebriated Scottish consciousness perfectly And his mastery of the Scots spoken language is unmatched Makes Irvine Welsh look like a piker Welsh sounds accurate until you read McLean This is how I remember people talking a [...]

    5. I like this book This book is not memorable I mean this is a bit complicated really The book isn t really about anything I could tell you the idea of maybe 3 of the stories, but I really enjoyed reading the stories On the other hand I cannot for the life of me tell you what ken is suppose to mean I think this is not a book that anyone would like, but it is certainly an interesting book.

    6. A book of short stories circling around blue collar life in Scotland There isn t much here that stood out to me Each piece was a snippet day in the life stuff Polaroid shots of alcoholics and hooligans, hangers on and deadbeats on the dole A solid, meh.

    7. stories of life on the edge this being Scotland it s drink, drugs and football all the way,and a sweary dialect drives the fiction I m sure I read this in the 80s, but this edition is 99

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