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"Glasgow writer Ewan Morrison takes on the mantle of responsibility of writing a serious book about sex and carries it off with great success. It's difficult to believe that Swung is his first novel. It boasts a narrative control and sureness of touch... that would induce envy in many more experienced novelists... Swung is a beautifully crafted, completely realised and often inspirational book. It announces Morrison as one of the most interesting and exciting voices to emerge in Scottish fiction in recent years" -- Irvine Welsh Guardian "Genuinely groundbreaking... Morrison is one of the most gifted and accomplished writers to have emerged in recent years" -- Irvine Welsh "The best book on sex since John Updike's Couples. Ewan Morrison's brave, dirty, utterly honest account of the psychological side of swinging is a complete delight" -- Matt Thorne "Though sex is its language, this is a novel about ageing and settling and messing things up again, with heart enough to make it hurt" -- Hepzibah Anderson Observer "Swung is a book of real ambition, a wide ranging exploration of human needs that starts from the most unexpected of websites" Herald

About the Author

Ewan Morrison is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories, winning a Scottish Arts Council Award in 2005. He lives in Glasgow.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books USA (June 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099501732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099501732
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,344,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Morrison's voice is refreshing. It's an enjoyable read (a lot of witty banter) that moves the plot at a nice clip. Overall, though, I was underwhelmed. The characters' introspection bordered on self-obsession (mostly the self-pitying variety), and therefore I found it difficult to care much about them. The much-hyped sex was peripheral to the story arc and, IMHO, was more humorous and sad than titillating (and thus likely portraying swinging accurately).

I've read comparison's to Yates' Revolutionary Road, which though I haven't read, I have seen the film and there's definitely a similar premise: couple moves moves into middle class abode while simultaneously condemning middle class sensibilities. They're so above it, yet they yearn for it, right?
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Format: Paperback
Glasgow's swinging set takes centre stage in Ewan Morrison's literary relationship novel.

Scottish David works in HR, and looks near unemployment. His American lover Alice is struggling with her art, and the bitchy work environment that's crippling her TV series proposal. David is impotent, and though Alice seems okay with it, he knows they both need more. And so Alice starts investigating swingers in Glasgow for work, and brings David along.

It's about sex, yet it's not all glorious. It's about a relationship, yet it's not all romance. And instead of a HEA, we're left with a vague ending that lets the reader make up for themselves what happens next. These are all things that make for a great book, and here I was thinking that "literature" (rather than "genre") wasn't for me. But best of all was that I believed it, that this situation and these characters are very real. This novel is truthful, and even if you can't relate to the sexual aspects, David and Alice's thoughts and feelings will probably ring familiar.
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dealing with the up's and downs of life. Some of the descriptions had me laughing at some of the most inappropriate things.
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