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Recounted in the author's inimitable style, Glue is a grungy, Scots-accented bildungsroman. The novel follows the boys through their early forays into sex, drink, drugs, and football violence. Contemplating his erotic initiation, Carl Ewart poses such crucial questions as "How dae ah chat up a bird?" and "Do I wear a rubber johnny?" Here and there Welsh injects political commentary into the mix: Billy Birrell, for example, reflects that "having money is the only way to get respect. Desperate, but that's the world we live in now." For the most part, though, the author sticks to sex and violence and his famously offhand one-liners: "Guilt and shaggin, they go the gither like fish n chips." Fans of Trainspotting will love the book, even down to the brief appearance of Begbie and Renton. Others may feel that Glue is more of the same, and that, despite its graphic charms, the book finds Welsh stuck in a rut. --Jerry Brotton
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The accent also gives a unique identification with the characters as well, lending each one a distintive voice.
So though I'm not sure I like reading Welsh, the man certainly know how to press my buttons; I guess that's why I keep going back.
This novel is even more character-driven than Trainspotting, making it his most effective and, I think, best work yet.
Not since the early 90's when I first discovered Tom Robbins and Kurt Vonnegut have I loved an author so much as Welsh. Read morePublished 4 months ago by VirgilCane
To say Welsh is an alive classic already, is a bit of a topic. You will love this story. Deals about friendship and time passing by through it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by rick artdefoy
I recommend this book to all Irvine Welsh fans. A great read to complement to Trainspotting and Skagboys. Buy it!Published 16 months ago by alwyn percy
Irvine Welsh digs a bit deeper beneath the surface of his characters than normal here, stark reality of hard days in Edinburgh with cameos of the Trainspotting characters thrown... Read morePublished 21 months ago by derektoner
Four complete characters growing up in a society that has let them down. Glue shows you that you can run but you can't hide from your past or you're mates. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Robert W. Strachan
Actaully I had already read it, this was a gift for someone who will appreciate it too - superb author, one of my favesPublished on December 10, 2012 by Beverley Hunter
I'm really looking forward to reading Welsh's latest, which is billed as a real sequel to Trainspotting. For me, Glue has already given loyal readers the sequel they deserve. Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by JMelnick
Many suggest that Trainspotting was Irvine Welsh's best book. I agree that the film is peerless, but I don't think it is his best book, mostly because it is quite nihilistic and... Read morePublished on October 6, 2010 by Magic Lemur
Doesn't disappoint if your a Welsh fan. Trainspotting characters appear and the grim realism of modernity appears through this well written novel. Read morePublished on April 15, 2010 by Ms. E. Nolan