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Shuggie Bain

de Douglas Stuart

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"Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of young Hugh "Shuggie" Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher's war on heavy industry has put husbands and sons out of work, and the city's notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings. Shuggie's mother Agnes walks a wayward path: she is Shuggie's guiding light but a burden for his artistic brother and practical sister. She dreams of a house with its own front door while she flicks through the pages of the Freemans catalogue, ordering a little happiness on credit, anything to brighten up her grey life. Married to a "whoremaster" of a husband, Agnes keeps her pride by looking good-her beehive, make-up, and pearly-white false teeth offer a glamourous image of a Glaswegian Elizabeth Taylor. But under the surface, Agnes finds increasing solace in drink, and she drains away the lion's share of each week's benefits-all the family has to live on-on cans of extra-strong lager hidden in handbags and poured into tea mugs. Agnes's older children find their own ways to get a safe distance from their mother, abandoning Shuggie to look after her as she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety. He is meanwhile doing all he can to somehow become the normal boy he desperately longs to be, but everyone has realized that Shuggie is "no right," and now Agnes's addiction has the power to eclipse everyone close to her-even and especially her beloved Shuggie. A heartbreaking novel of addiction, sexuality, and love, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family that is rarely seen in fiction"--… (mais)
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Beautifully written, painfully sad story of a family's struggle with an alcoholic mother. Narrated in the first person by Shuggie, the youngest child who is gay. ( )
  tangledthread | May 3, 2021 |
A pretty decent read, but I was left with the feeling that it won the Booker because of its subject matter and the rawness of the writing rather than it being the greatest novel ever. Well worth a read though. ( )
  expatscot | Apr 30, 2021 |
A most worthy pick for the Booker, just a wonderful read ( )
  bhowell | Apr 28, 2021 |
Shuggie Bain is one of the saddest and most heartbreaking books I have ever read.
Set in Glasgow, it is the story of Agnes Bain and her children, centering on her youngest son, Shuggie. Agnes is beautiful, but she is an alcoholic. She gives herself freely to many men, hoping they will get her out of poverty. She keeps herself made-up, her hair done, and her home immaculate, but it is all a facade. Men use her and discard her. All of her children except Shuggie abandon her.
Shuggie, her youngest son, born when on her second marriage, tries his best throughout his young life, to care for his mother, but she uses him over and over to buy her alcohol.
Shuggie is effeminate, is abused by older men, and is teased unmercifully by other children.
This novel paints a bleak picture of poverty and alcoholism in Glasgow in the 1980s/90s. So sad, hauntingly beautiful writing. ( )
  rmarcin | Apr 26, 2021 |
Digital audiobook performed by Angus King
5*****

Stuart’s debut work explores the impoverished working-class families of 1980s Glasgow. The Bain family lives in public housing and struggles to make ends meet even with the assistance they’re given. Shuggie (Hugh) is the youngest child of Agnes, and much of the story focuses on his efforts to understand and deal with his mother’s alcoholism and depression. His father opted for divorce, and his two older siblings have pretty much left the nest, so it is the tender, kind, lonely Shuggie who is left to deal with his mother.

Oh, my heart breaks for this child. He is so tender and loving, so devoted to his mother, so trusting and naïve, and so worldly and responsible. The burden he carries is far too heavy for his small shoulders.

The novel opens in 1992, with a 16-year-old Shuggie struggling to make it on his own – out of school, working parttime at a supermarket (where he gets a discount on dented cans of fish), and living in a flop house where he is preyed upon by older men. Stuart then takes the reader back a decade to witness the child’s tender years.

Agnes is a complicated woman. She has dreams and ambitions and is tenacious about keeping herself, her children and her house clean and as fashionable as possible. Shuggie learns these lessons well; he helps her with her hair, makes sure his shoes are polished and his clothes pressed. The taunts of the children in his neighborhood do not phase him, for he knows his worth. But Agnes is an alcoholic and alcohol will ruin her life. Stuart makes the reader privy to the most intimate details of their lives, This makes their descent all the more painful to watch. There is no neat happy ending here, but there is some hope for Shuggie.

Angus King does a marvelous job of narrating the audio book. He sets a good pace and really brings these characters to life. ( )
  BookConcierge | Apr 21, 2021 |
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He’s lovely, Douglas Stuart, fierce and loving and lovely. He shows us lots of monstrous behavior, but not a single monster — only damage. If he has a sharp eye for brokenness, he is even keener on the inextinguishable flicker of love that remains. The book is long, more than 400 pages, but its length seems crucial to its overall effect. Like Agnes, we’re all doomed to our patterns. How often we repeat the same disastrous mistakes, make the same wrong turn again and again. And yet, like Shuggie, how often we rise, against all odds, to stumble forward once more. The book leaves us gutted and marveling: Life may be short, but it takes forever.
 

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"Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of young Hugh "Shuggie" Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher's war on heavy industry has put husbands and sons out of work, and the city's notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings. Shuggie's mother Agnes walks a wayward path: she is Shuggie's guiding light but a burden for his artistic brother and practical sister. She dreams of a house with its own front door while she flicks through the pages of the Freemans catalogue, ordering a little happiness on credit, anything to brighten up her grey life. Married to a "whoremaster" of a husband, Agnes keeps her pride by looking good-her beehive, make-up, and pearly-white false teeth offer a glamourous image of a Glaswegian Elizabeth Taylor. But under the surface, Agnes finds increasing solace in drink, and she drains away the lion's share of each week's benefits-all the family has to live on-on cans of extra-strong lager hidden in handbags and poured into tea mugs. Agnes's older children find their own ways to get a safe distance from their mother, abandoning Shuggie to look after her as she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety. He is meanwhile doing all he can to somehow become the normal boy he desperately longs to be, but everyone has realized that Shuggie is "no right," and now Agnes's addiction has the power to eclipse everyone close to her-even and especially her beloved Shuggie. A heartbreaking novel of addiction, sexuality, and love, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family that is rarely seen in fiction"--

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