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As Peace's tale of corruption and conspiracy unravels, it becomes clear that 1974 is as influenced by Orwell's own bleak vision of Britain in 1984 as it is by the wonderfully evoked atmosphere of the mid '70s. The Bay City Rollers, Leeds United, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, and Vauxhall Viva's all make an appearance. The novel works at several levels, from the brilliantly unsentimental homecoming of the gifted, alienated northern son to a terrifyingly accurate portrayal of an insular, tribal community. The plot is complex and frenetic, and Peace often neglects loose ends, especially as he builds to an extremely powerful climax. Yet the dialogue is fast, witty, and violent; a must-read for fans of Yorkshire Gothic. --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Dark, athmospheric writing but it was lacking something, maybe you need to know the era to appreciate all of it.Published 26 days ago by ChristophFischerBooks
i got this book after reading damned united, and it was a bit of a let down. started out ok but just became so violent and was very hard to keep track of the crimes and charactersPublished 2 months ago by Thomas Mattessi
For my tastes this novel overuses foul language and ultimately is too rough for my taste. I won't read any more of David Peace's novel.Published 2 months ago by Austin P. Young III
I listened to this as an audio book, now I need to get the rest of the series. What a story! Compulsively listened, though this is not for the faint of heart or those who are shy... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great companion piece after you have seen the TV series, which I also highly recommend... Absolutely dark and bleak, the way I like.Published 7 months ago by LisaferRising
But to be honest, to say I'm disappointed would be an understatement.
I had wanted to read this book for the last four years, I had heard about the story and I thought... Read more
The cover of the book claims that this is the future of British crime fiction. If true, British crime fiction is headed to a terrible place. Read morePublished 7 months ago by T. J. Reilly
The book looks fine and it had glowing reviews. I did not, however, find it a good book for me as I lost interest in it quickly.Published 8 months ago by CK Peace
I found the story compelling yet harrowing. It certainly doesnt leave you revelling in the glory of humanity, rather pondering the depths to which we can sink. Read morePublished 12 months ago by DJ Arboretum