Look, yeah, I thought this would be entertaining I don t know that I thought it would be good, but definitely entertaining.
So when I wrote on the inside cover like Trainspotting but with Birkenhead casuals Or, like, kinda like Catcher in the Rye, according to one Goodreads review I meant it as a compliment.
And now I m trying to pay it a compliment I mean, at least it was short It tried too hard to be all things Northern, laddish and nostalgic and ended up being unmitigated shite.
Found this book by accident really, was searching you tube for the one and only blood tub pub which is sadly no and found the film version of this and then ordered the book Took it with me on a recent stay in hospital and got one word for it fabulous.
Thought provoking and painfully honest Was rather intense reading though so couldnt read it in one go took me a few days to finish which is unusual for me Dont know wether i would of got as much from it if i hadnt been local though because a main element of the book was the relationship between the different gangs ie the WEB which the authour described and portraied excellently Well worth a look.
The main themes of this book are thuggery, the sex obsessions of an 18 year old, image consciousness, and, as with Freshers see , drink and drugs bingeing The main character is a middle class A level drop out who, for reasons not entirely, clear falls into this lifestyle in some sort of quest for self affirmation following the death of his mother from cancer It is not explored much beyond the statement I see now the time I knew for sure that Mum was dying is the time I started hiding in their midst, looking for a new outlet, a way of expressing myself Not that I really felt like saying much I wanted rude action I wanted out of school I wanted a job and money I wanted stuff that that was me sic , mine nothing to do with this plan Mum and Dad had mapped out That s about as deep as it gets The sex and violence are pretty graphic and I found myself speed reading chunks of the book Only t First I saw the movie Awaydays, which I liked a lot Especially the amazing soundtrack Ultravox, Joy Division, Echo Bunneyman, The Cure etc I kept in mind the movie was filmed by Sampson s novel So I bought the book.
Where the movie is a bit dramatic and depressing, the book is graphic and detailled Especially main character Carty.
A lot of details about graphic fights and trips to rival football teams as Wrexham and Crewe Alexandra Drawings of the FA Cup, nights of party s and brawls.
But also friendships, mischiefs and the continue threats are described very well I think this book is very complete because it has some drama, family issues, adventure, action, friendship and violence It has it all and good combined.
just awesome Pointless jobs Pointless lives Work Television Football I look across to Wales and I think that the hills are nice I ll go over there one day and just sit there, for a whole day, and see no one and not say a word That ll be good But right now I just feel bad You can t leave
Die Handlung ist in den letzten sechs Wochen des Jahres 1979 angesiedelt Der gesamte Roman wird nur aus der Ich Perspektive im Pr sens erz hlt Die Kapitel sind nach Tagen gegliedert Das Stilmittel des gnadenlos subjektiven Erz hlens schafft von ersten Moment an eine intensive N he Man taucht sofort sofort in die Szenerie und ist immer nah dran Somit hat das Buch jede Menge brutale Momente, denn Sampson l sst s Sampson manages several things at once in this slim novel, set in the suburbs of Liverpool over the course of the final six weeks of 1979 The story follows Paul, a middle class late teen with a government job who lives at home with his decent father and younger sister His self identity is wrapped up in his affiliation with a crew of hooligans who support an awful third division club His struggle to ingratiate himself with the group, while questioning his own motives and desires is a mirror of every teen s desire to belong to some kind of group When not describing the prelude to and execution of battles with other club supporters, Paul is perpetually chasing after girls with his best mate Elvis His friendship with the perpetually crazy and sad Elvis is another running theme, as is his family life, as the family s S And In Birkenhead Smack And Maggie Thatcher Are Still Less Of An Issue Than Lois Jeans And Adidas Forest Hills Training ShoesFor Paul Carty And His Mystical, Joy Division Loving Mate Elvis, Life Revolves Around The Pack, A Mob Of Violent Tranmere Rovers Supporters Carty And Elvis Travel The Northern Wastelands, Always By Train, Causing Mayhem In The Woollyback Strongholds Of Halifax, Crewe And Chesterfield For Most Of The Mob, The Pack Is Their Reason For Living But Elvis, Who Loves Trailer ☆ Awaydays PDF by ↠´ Kevin Sampson Ezra Pound, And Carty, Still Getting Over The Death Of His Mother, Are Starting To Get Bored Of It AllThe Question Is Will The Pack Let Them Go And Can They Get By Without Each Other I read Kevin Sampson s Freshers a good few years back, when I was listening to John Peel at the weekends and trying to live the student lifestyle despite not being a student, and I really enjoyed it I m not sure why I never read anything else of his at the time, but it kinda feels now like I ve missed the boat Awaydays is a decent read, but it really just feels like the same story, only with football casuals instead of students He s a good writer, and manages to convey that sense of teenage angst well, but it s hard to relate to when you re almost 41 and hate Joy Division.