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Shuggie Bain

De : Douglas Stuart
Lu par : Angus King
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    Winner of the Booker Prize 2020

    Winner of 'Book of the Year' at the British Book Awards 2021

    Winner of 'Debut of the Year' at the British Book Awards 2021

    A BBC 'Big Jubilee Read'

    It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life. She dreams of greater things: a house with its own front door and a life bought and paid for outright (like her perfect, but false, teeth). But Agnes is abandoned by her philandering husband, and soon she and her three children find themselves trapped in a decimated mining town. As she descends deeper into drink, the children try their best to save her, yet one by one they must abandon her to save themselves. It is her son Shuggie who holds out hope the longest.

    Shuggie is different. Fastidious and fussy, he shares his mother’s sense of snobbish propriety. The miners' children pick on him and adults condemn him as no’ right. But Shuggie believes that if he tries his hardest, he can be normal like the other boys and help his mother escape this hopeless place.

    Douglas Stuart's Shuggie Bain lays bare the ruthlessness of poverty, the limits of love, and the hollowness of pride. A counterpart to the privileged Thatcher-era London of Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty, it also recalls the work of Édouard Louis, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, a blistering debut by a brilliant writer with a powerful and important story to tell.

    ©2020 Douglas Stuart (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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    "Douglas Stuart has written a first novel of rare and lasting beauty." (Observer)

    "We were bowled over by this first novel, which creates an amazingly intimate, compassionate, gripping portrait of addiction, courage and love." (The judges of the Booker Prize)

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    • 06/03/2021

    Wonderful

    What a brilliant book. Rich descriptive language. Beautifully written. Narration was superb. I didn’t want the book to finish.

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    • Mrs Camden
    • 06/02/2021

    Much too long

    Powerful story, but it would have benefited from a good editor- should have been cut down to half its length.

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    • Sanele Ngema
    • 10/01/2023

    Sad

    Good read if you feel like a human story… it also has some useful cultural and historical context that helps to remind you that almost every country, city and home has its own history and story

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    • Matt Mole
    • 05/05/2022

    A tough but insightful book

    Growing up gay with an alcoholic mother is no piece of cake for a boy in 70’s Glasgow. This is a tough book to listen to but beautifully read and performed. I doubt I could have read the book.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 08/03/2022

    It captured me

    Sad, funny, despairing and hopeful the story had a cast of multidimensional characters, some quirky, but all very real, I became very invested in Shuggie and his family.
    The narration was beautiful, easy to listen to and expressive.
    The best book I have listened to this year.

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    • Justinas Rastenis
    • 10/02/2022

    Insightful narration

    Immersive read about one of the most depressing chapters in British history narrated through lenses of a single family. It is about love and responsibility, empathy and cruelty. It opens up a perspective on alcoholism that is prevalent also in today's societies. Worth every minute spent listening to this story.

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    • Rachel Maritz
    • 20/10/2021

    Excellent narrator

    What an absolutely excellent narration by Angus King that brought the characters to life and carried the deeply sad and touching story like reading it yourself could not do!

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    • Ronda
    • 02/10/2021

    Heart breaking

    OMG ... what a book . I am of a similar age to Shuggie and could not imagine growing up like he did . Brilliantly told story of people just trying to cope as best they can with the life dealt to them . I felt so much for Agnus who yearned for so much more but ended up looking in all the wrong places

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    • Erika Martin
    • 08/09/2021

    Highly recommended

    Wonderful and thought provoking.
    Read by Angus King who is, as always, a perfect narrator.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 31/08/2021

    Heartbreaking, agonizing and tragic

    Highly recommended. The book is uncomfortably thought provoking and beautiful. This story feels so honest and the characters are so flawed yet easy to love.

    The narrator was absolutely brilliant and added to the enjoyment of this book.

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    • Uli V.
    • 11/11/2020

    Depressingly beautiful

    Don't read this when you're feeling down. This is the dark wee brother of Trainspotting. Rather slow paced, it draws you more and more into the abyss of a dysfunctional family circling around their tragic drinking mother. I lovehated it very much.

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    • Ms. Otmar
    • 24/01/2022

    Excellent on many levels

    The story is not easy to take, heartbreaking, a page turner, excellently written. If you get the audio, it’s read fabulously, one of the best, giving the story even more life.

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    • anniken narten
    • 07/03/2022

    Großartig!!

    Eine rührend traurige Geschichte fantastisch erzählt, sicher seit langem das beste Buch, was ich hören durfte, uneingeschränkt empfehlenswert!

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    • 16/10/2021

    Intense, strong story

    I didn't think I would listen to the book until the end, the atmosphere was so frightening and intense even in the first quarter of an hour. But I was captivated by the story and its characters, as well as by the language. Simply great! I would love to see this book made into a film.

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    • 11/02/2021

    Buena historia con un narrador perfecto

    Muy clavado a la vida en Glasgow de la gente en pobreza de aquel entonces

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 22/12/2020

    Heartbreakingly sad but beautiful

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    Schottischer Akzent des Sprechers macht es boch authentischer.

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    • Tiffitoff
    • 29/11/2020

    An outstanding but very sad story

    The moment I started listening to the novel I expected it to win this year‘s Booker price. The profound characterization of the Bain family, the empathic description of Agnes Bain‘s constant strains to stop drinking and attempts to get healed from her alcohol addiction, Shuggy‘ s dilemma to leave his mother and live his own life or to stay with her is sometimes unbearable. But every word is worth reading so that I can highly recommend this wonderful novel.