In a forensic dissection of Britain's souring landscape Gordon Burn tells the tale of Ray Cruddas, a light entertainer effecting a semi-dignified retreat from his fading career, who returns to the unnamed northern town of his youth. 'Burn carves a tale of mutual dependence between two also-rans - Ray, once a successful Geordie comedian, and Jackie, an almost made-it boxer ...It is a book about ageing, about the long haul between what you hoped your life might be and the acceptance of what it is - and about the loneliness of men.' Anna Raeburn, Jewish Chronicle
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 04/03/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571219377
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Review by Cloud9
The hidden stories of lives and a meditation on the layering over of the industrial past while drifting though time remembering we are our own history. Marvelous evocation of present and past that make them both come alive. Burns has an eligiac descriptions of nature whether it is Jackie's Ely or the north east. His ear fo the spoken dialect, which can so often go wrong when written down, is perfect,
Review by mccabio
Took a while to get going as it only became interesting when it explored the two character's pasts in relation to each other, in their current lives. Weaves together nicely at the end but had to take in a lot of 'background' first
Review by UPFLUNG
Great descriptions of post-industrial northern England that capture people, places and identities stuck between the pst and the present. Really rich language that doesn't feel too heavy.