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Book Title: Where I Was|
The author of the book: James Kelman
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: June 6th 2005
ISBN 13: 9780141023045
Format files: PDF
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These short stories were previously published in Lean Tales, and is a sort collection here in the Penguin 70s set of books.
The stories vary from a couple of pages to several pages, and are all generally bleak stories - stories of homeless men, of drunks, of minimum wage earners, addicted gamblers, of Scotsmen displaced in the UK, recalling the (imagined?) splendours of their former time in Scotland.
The are very accessible stories - it is easy to imagine oneself in the situations described, down and kicked, without much hope - except for a miracle, and looking to survive the day without planning any further forward. When I say stories, I think I probably need to disclaim a little - some them are not really stories - they don't all have a start, a middle and an end, some are more like a snapshot of a small part of a story; a couple of hours, or days of a story.
The other James Kelman book I have read is the Man Booker Prize winning How Late It Was, How Late, which is written in Scottish dialect, much like Irvine Welsh's books. I had expected this to be the same, and I enjoy the quirkiness of that, and find it adds to my interest. It is not - but despite this, still a tidy three stars.
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My own background is as normal or abnormal as anyone else's. Born and bred in Govan and Drumchapel, inner city tenement to the housing scheme homeland on the outer reaches of the city. Four brothers, my mother a full time parent, my father in the picture framemaking and gilding trade, trying to operate a one man business and I left school at 15 etc. etc. (...) For one reason or another, by the age of 21/22 I decided to write stories. The stories I wanted to write would derive from my own background, my own socio-cultural experience. I wanted to write as one of my own people, I wanted to write and remain a member of my own community.
During the 1970s he published a first collection of short stories. He became involved in Philip Hobsbaum's creative writing group in Glasgow along with Tom Leonard, Alasdair Gray and Liz Lochhead, and his short stories began to appear in magazines. These stories introduced a distinctive style, expressing first person internal monologues in a pared-down prose utilising Glaswegian speech patterns, though avoiding for the most part the quasi-phonetic rendition of Tom Leonard. Kelman's developing style has been influential on the succeeding generation of Scottish novelists, including Irvine Welsh, Alan Warner and Janice Galloway. In 1998, Kelman received the Stakis Prize for "Scottish Writer of the Year" for his collection of short stories 'The Good Times.'
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