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  • Waterline
  • Ross Raisin
  • English
  • 27 June 2020
  • 9780670917358

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Waterline Free read ¶ 104 review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ð Ross Raisin Ross Raisin Ð 4 Free read T Soon Mick will have to find a new way to live get a new job get away start again forget everything. got a good review at the weekend from various papers and I really liked his first novel God s Own Country I am tempted to give it 5 stars because it ended up a moving account of one man s descent into poverty and homelessness after the shock of his wife s death He is an ex Clydebank shipbuilder and feels guilty because he has caused her death through the asbestos he brought home onin his clothes Unable to cope with the grief anf guilt and too proud to go on the dole on the broo or to claim compensation he runs off to London where he works in a hotel with immigrant workers Losing that job he becomes homeless drinking superlager and eventually begging at atube station before getting a place in a hostel It has none of the exuberance humour or punch of God s Own Country instead it is a somber and detailed description of decline a very different read Although his book is partly set in Scotland and his protagonist Scottish I think with Raisin McGregor and Cartwright we are seeing a wave of English writers tackling working class problems in the way that Scottish writers Kelman Welsh Warner have been doing for some time Long may it continue

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Waterline Free read ¶ 104 review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ð Ross Raisin Ross Raisin Ð 4 Free read Mick Little used to be a shipbuilder in the Glasgow docks He returned from Australia 30 years ago wi. Ross Raisin wrote one of my favourite books of last year and indeed of all time God s Own Country so I d had his second novel Waterline pegged as a must read since its release Although I found it eually impossible to put down reading the book from cover to cover in one sitting Waterline is a very different animal to Raisin s debut Where God s Own Country was bleak darkly funny and thrilling Waterline is bleak bleak bleak That isn t to say it s bad it is an incredibly powerful and emotive novel and packs a punch like nothing elseMick Little is a middle aged Glasgow cabbie a former shipbuilder and father to two adult sons one emotionally distant and the other literally distant living in Australia The book opens in the immediate aftermath of the death of Mick s wife Cathy which has affected him profoundly Initially the story explores Mick s attempts to come to terms with his grief his struggle to make a connection with his uncommunicative son Craig his retreating memories of Cathy his pathetic faltering attempts to look after himself I have to confess that at this point I was fighting off boredom and was unsure whether the book was for me If you happen to read it and have the same concerns stick with it the plot gets far interesting and much darker as it goes along Written in the third person but using Mick s own Glasgow dialect the narrative follows our protagonist as he impulsively journeys to London and finds himself working illegally in a hotel Mick s pride prevents him from even considering going on the dole to be an option but increasing desperation to scrape a living forces him further and further down the food chainOccasionally the novel dips into brief asides exploring the perspective of different characters These characters are typically never heard from again but the point is not that they have anything to contribute themselves they represent the reader or at least how the reader might view Mick if he or she were to step into the character s life without knowing any of his backstory Through these snippets we are forced to uestion our perceptions of the homeless and destitute how many of us stop to think about how such people have come to end up in this desperate situation The anonymous observers certainly don t dismissing Mick as crazy threatening or an object of ridicule or simply ignoring his existence While Raisin s narrative isn t explicitly making a political point there is an undercurrent of political commentary which is presented as an integral part of Mick s working class identity I found it particularly poignant that the story highlights the importance of charity services soup kitchens hostels support workers in restoring some hope to Mick s life at a time when many of these services are facing debilitating cuts in fundingDevastating shocking moving timely significant Waterline lives up to all of these superlatives and but it s a tremendously harrowing and difficult read I think this is one of the reasons I powered through it so uickly had I stopped I might have felt too emotionally exhausted to go back to it Because it was often hard to read and thought provoking than entertaining I didn t enjoy this anywhere near as much as God s Own Country but I think it is an important book and one that confirms Raisin s exceptional talent I hope Waterline earns the author a clutch of award nominations and I can t wait to watch his career unfold in the futurePS this excellent review by Alan Garner from the Guardian is worth a look

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Waterline Free read ¶ 104 review ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ð Ross Raisin Ross Raisin Ð 4 Free read Th his beloved wife Cathy who longed to be back home But now Cathy's dead and it's probably his faul. Ross Raisin does a fine line in dark and deep His first novel was shortlisted for nine literary awards and I d go so far as to say this will followIt details the downward spiral of Mick after his wife dies from methothelioma a condition he blames himself for from his time working on the shipyards bringing the dust back home We meet Mick and his family at the funeral Craig his taciturn son who says little to his father and feels a lot for his dead mother and Robbie the younger son who now lives in Australia and reluctantly leaves his father to his new widower lifeWith the guilt of his wfe s death pressing down on him and no way to find a lead into this new life that he doesn t want old friends and colleagues think to leave him to himself is helping him he can t get his old job back and money is running out Mick withdraws from life as he knew it and eventually heads for LondonFrom a job as a kitchen porter to prowling the streets of London looking for a dry place to sleep we follow Mick as his grief and guilt for his wife take a good hold that never dissipatesA harrowing but truthful account of sadly an all too famiiar tale of these times Ross depicts a picture that shows clearly how any decent hard working person can become a victim of the times and end up in this situation He never prettifies this picture it is dark and gloomy and it s hard to get out of the horrific facts are drawn out with no drama or build up it is how it is and that makes the impact resonate thoroughlyMick is a Glaswegian no nonsense fella he s a working man and proud his voice comes across as such never feeling sorry for himself living life one day to the next but the guilt over his wife never assauges He comes across as a likeable man sunk deep into depression but never bitter He comes to rely on Beans and the partnership of the two men adds a little ironic warmth to the story although it also intensifies the grimness of it tooAfter reading this I defy anyone to look at down and out people the same way It s uite heart rending to know that so many people are out there in this situation and are looked down upon when in actuality they are humans that have had a rough time and need a little compassion from those that have No one knows their story and assumptions are easy to makeThe whole story from the asbestos cover up in the shipyards to the shipyards closing but always working at whatever comes along to the death from the asbestos is the story of many people showing how politics and greed affect lives and Ross has taken it that one step further where most imaginations won t go and shown us how much farther that story can and does goFabulous prose that really gets into Mick s head and eats away at the readers conscienceDon t expect a happy ending by now we now that s not what Ross Raisin deals with but do expect to be stunned by the detail and grimness thereof You ll come away from this book feeling a little dirty probably relieved and most likely a bit guilty but you will keep thinking about it