Published: Jan. 03, 2013
Words: 87,060 (approximate)
Language: English (Scottish dialect)
Joe Armstrong was born to illiterate parents in a deprived area of Glasgow in the year 1955. From a very early age he suffered the trauma and shame associated with abject poverty and ignorance and it never left him. Despite his parents indifference towards him and his inherent inferiority complex Joe quickly realised he was the quintessential ‘square peg in round hole’ and he just has to get out
Married to the same woman for 22 years, Joe impulsively walked out the front door on his 40th birthday with nothing but the clothes on his back, never to return. Almost inevitably, his irrational behaviour lead to an incredibly acrimonious/ expensive divorce and an extremely nasty bankruptcy situation.
Although ostracized by his entire family and friends Joe nevertheless found true love with a woman from a completely different social background. Throughout a measure of time however, he, like many before no doubt, began to realise that despite their undying love for one another, it became incredibly difficult to overcome the ‘class issue’.
During the next 7 or so years they travelled the world ducking and diving, and in doing so became involved with drug addicts, homosexuals, lesbians, murder and the mafia! On each and every occasion they followed their instincts; thinking on their feet, figuring it was for the best, only to discover it was usually for the worst.
, social differences
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on May 06, 2013 :
Found the book extremely interesting, depicting life perfectly in Glasgow as a youngster in the 60's. A few pages in, already I couldn't put it down. Could not have imagined where the book took me, it was full of surprises. Looking forward to the follow-up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)