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WaterlineReally great novel about family man who loses his wife his job his sons loves his respect and selfworth then goes to the streets and lives rough and nobody knows where he went his family finally tracks him down and he screws up the courage to meet his sons again or so we suppose the ending is a b Following the descent of a recently widowed man into homelessness Waterline is my read of the year so far The grief and terror Raisin depicts as Mick attempts to rocess the death of his wife and manage his new life on the streets is truly moving Much like God s Own Country this novel focuses on themes of isolation and withdrawal or rejection from society The narrative switches from Mick s voice to outsiders such as the reader who encounter the homeless on a daily basis but keep their eyes to the ground In many ways the narrative structure feels like a telling off a reminder that the homeless haven t always been homeless The outside judgements are interspersed with Mick s mundane but touching flashbacks of his old life his wife chopping vegetables or sifting through clothing rails The sense of despair is countered somewhat by Raisin s Kirkland Revels positive description of the support offered by homeless and religious organisations the hallelujahs and charities Providing basic care is one means of support the charities offer but importantly they also serve to bring the isolated individuals together The friendships albeit fleeting Mick makes whilst working at the hotel and with fellow homeless man Beans are one of the most successful elements of the novel As in God s Own Country Raisin s handling of dialect is masterful and gives the novel a great deal of momentum The Glaswegian vernacular is engaging and his use of colloulliasms against the London setting adds aowerful emotive element to the story Waterline forces the reader to recognize the voice of the very To Him Who Sits on the Throne people theyretend to neither hear nor see everyday And see if he did ut a claim in then the reminders would be there the whole time for months years however long it took and even that is still ignoring the main thing why should he get a windfall Him that brought it into the house and handed her the overalls to wash and here s two hundred grand al take it it s yours you deserve it After the death of his wife to mesothelioma Mick has to start his life over struggling with the guilt from her death attributable to residue from his job in the shipyards While his children hint at getting a settlement to Youth, Beautiful Youth punish the company that virtually saturated their employees in asbestos Mick resists any idea of what he imagines aayoff for her death While the story roceeds with his descent into grief it never lays into the stereotype of the grieving widower who travels through five stages of grief to recover and find love again with a sweet old lady down the street Instead his journey is literal Unable emotionally to reside in the house any he starts sleeping in a shed outside and his focus changes to minor things to avoid thinking about the bigger issues He begins finding a kinship with the birds he feeds than with other humans He listens enjoying the sound of it as they begin skittering on the concrete outside the shed doorUntil recently there d been just the one robably begin skittering on the concrete outside the shed doorUntil recently there d been just the one robably same Hunt for 901 patient guy that s been coming all the while but he s obvious gone and let dab to all his mates that they can come and eat here and now there s a whole mob of them Good for him no keeping it all to himself Obviously no an English bird A genuine Southsider that sparrow The uote above reveals a wry humor that Mick has told in his warm Glasgow accent It s revealed again as he s run out of money and thinks about theossibility of asking his brother in law for money he d be Chasing After Infinity pure delighted guaranteed A great song and dance over it the ceremonious fetching of the cheuebook the smug showyutting on of the wee reading glasses How much would you like Mick Really it s not a roblem How much Instead of resorting to that indignation Mick chooses another option complete departure from both Glasgow and reality He ends up in London living a life he d never imagined and one that he hopes to hide from his sons left behind "Who Know Nothing Of His "know nothing of his s voice is full of irony and desperate humor especially when he remarks on the cheap condolences friends make when they see him He s a realist that knows far too well how little eople really feel about his loss In this many vivid side characters are Captain China Volume 1 pulled in and while they don t appear long they are memorable for the way they are described Midway through the novel I glanced at the author shotograph in the back It stopped me in my tracks It s a young guy that wrote this aged voice It sort of ut me off for a day anyway because I couldn t imagine how a young man anyone younger than me ualifies in that regard could create such a complex than me ualifies in that regard could create such a complex that melds humor regret guilt and anxiety in one realistic character Topping it off is the Scottish voice that Mick delivers his thoughts in sometimes an accent is hard to read because it doesn t flow but in this case it was much of the charm Would make a killer audiobookEspecially noteworthy is that while it is essentially a uest motif the fact that neither the reader nor the rotagonist knows the object that is being sought makes it mysterious The Cast On, Bets Off pace speeds up as you literally follow Mick through a labyrinth ofeople and Private Elisha Stockwell, Jr., Sees The Civil War places and you really don t know where he s headed And the uestions continue tolague you what happened to his sons Who were the men at the door Will he go back to Glasgow What was up with CraigThis is on target for my top five titles of 2011 Not only because of the main character and the Past Lives, Future Lives plot but also because of what it reveals about those living outside the margins of society While the underbelly of large cities is oftenresented as a Love with Every Beat place of crime androstitution Waterline exposes the remote lives of immigrants and the homeless attempting to live an honorable life while no one wants to meet their eyes Knocked me sideways When the novel opens Mick Mick Little used to be a shipbuilder in the Glasgow docks He returned from Australia 30 years ago wi. Former shipyard worker is immersed in the strangeness of having a houseful of relatives after the funeral of his wife Cathy We see him interacting with his middle class in laws and his grown sons the one from Australia and the other taciturn living on the other side of town After they depart Mick finds himself unable to cope with Cathy s loss but unable to acknowledge his difficulties to others and he starts what becomes a dramatic slide Really really wonderful on class economics the gender dynamic that holds men back from communicating effectively with each other their artners or themselves Also wonderful in the voice that Raisin creates for Mick and his Glaswegian cadences It was a Arcana Mundi painful read and I had tout it down and give it a little rest from time to time but it s rewarding in every way Book at bedtime Ross Raisin s long awaited new novel after the success of his به سوی زبان شناسی شعر prize winning debut God s Own Country The sun is on his face and he spots theostie turning in through the gate He is awake that s obvious enough but he has this sense of unrealness That it s him that s not real That s aye what it feels like As if all these goings on around him the sunshine the television still uietly on the Genesis post tummelling onto the mat they are allart of some other life one that he can see but he s no a Mirror Matter part of After the death of his beloved wife Cathy ex Glasgow shipbuilder and union man Mick Little finds himself struggling The shipyard s gone and with it his old way of life and now his wife too With the ties that bound him to his old life suddenly loosened he sets about finding a new way to live Tracing Mick s journey from his old life in Glasgow to the harsh alien world of a hotel kitchen to the rough streets of London this is an intensely movingortrait of a life being lived all around us and a story for our timesToday Mick s new life down in London begins with a gruelling job in the bleak surroundings of a London airport God s Own Country was nominated for eight major awards winning the Betty Trask and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year awardsReader Alexander MortonAbridger Sally MarmionProducer Justine Willett 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 A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry 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 kitchenorter to "PROWLING THE STREETS OF LONDON LOOKING FOR A DRY "the streets of London looking for a dry 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 icture that shows clearly how any Decent Hard Working Person Can hard working erson can a victim of the times and end up in this situation He never Awareness prettifies thisicture 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 Cat Out of Hell 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 theartnership 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 Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work people the same way It s uite heart rending to know that so manyeople 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 Mother India people showing howolitics 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 The Late Romances 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 dirtyrobably relieved and most likely a bit guilty but you will keep thinking about it 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 egged as a must read since its release Although I found it eually impossible to ut 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 My Curvy Valentine (Perfect Fit, powerful and emotive novel andacks a Attainment (Temptation, 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 himrofoundly Initially the story explores Mick s attempts to come to terms with his grief his strugg. Th his beloved wife Cathy who longed to be back home But now Cathy's dead and it's Hatred in the belly probably his faul. Le to make a connection with his uncommunicative son Craig his retreating memories of Cathy hisathetic faltering attempts to look after himself I have to confess that at this Always Be Ready 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 thelot gets far interesting and much darker as it goes along Written in the third Encyclopedia of International Development person but using Mick s own Glasgow dialect the narrative follows ourrotagonist as he impulsively journeys to London and finds himself working illegally in a hotel Mick s Gender Inequality in Our Changing World priderevents 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 Rooming in the Masters House perspective of different characters These characters are typically never heard from again but theoint 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 Media, Home and Family perceptions of the homeless and destitute how many of us stop to think about how sucheople 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 Multicultural Partnerships politicaloint there is an undercurrent of A Convent Tale political commentary which isresented as an integral art of Mick s working class identity I found it articularly Ethics for Police Translators and Interpreters 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 Iowered 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 Immigration Nation 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 got a good review at the weekend from variousapers 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 Vilfredo Pareto 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 From BBC radio 4 Book at Bedtime Waterline is Ross Raisin s long awaited new novel after the success of hisrize winning debut God s Own Country The sun is on his face and he spots the ostie turning in through the gate He is awake that s obvious enough but he has this sense the gate He is awake that s obvious enough but he has this sense unrealness That it s him that s not real That s aye what it feels like As if all these goings on around him the sunshine the television still uietly on the ost tummelling onto the mat they are all The Fin-de-Siècle World part of some other life one that he can see but he s no aart of After the death of his beloved wife Cathy ex Glasgow shipbuilder and union man Mick Little finds himself struggling The shipyard s gone and with it his old way of life and now his wife too With the ties that bound him to his ast suddenly loosened he finds himself adrift Starting out again away from Scotland he can leave somethings behind but not the guilt he feels Scotland he can leave somethings behind but not the guilt he feels Cathy s deathTracing Mick s journey from his old life in Glasgow to the harsh alien world of a hotel kitchen and on to the rough streets of London this is an intensely moving ortrait of a life in the balance and a story for our timesEpisode 1 of 10Today Cathy s funeral brings old family tensions to the surface as Mick struggles to come to terms with his wife s untimely deathEpisode 2 of 10Today alone now after his in laws and sons have returned home Mick sets about getting back to normality But nothing is normal nowEpisode 3 of 10Today Mick finds that his home holds too many English Warfare, 1511-1642 painful memories and is haunted by theart he might have Trauma and Cognitive Science played in Cathy s deathEpisode 4 of 10Today deciding that the only way to survive is to leave theast behind Mick sets out for LondonEpisode 5 of 10Today Mick s new life down in London begins with a "gruelling job in the bleak surroundings of a London airportEpisode 6 of 10Today now moneyless and jobless "job in the bleak surroundings of a London airportEpisode 6 of 10Today now moneyless and jobless finds himself trying to negotiate life on the harsh streets of LondonEpisode 7 of 10Today still struggling to stay afloat on the streets of London Mick finds shelter and an unlikely allyEpisode 8 of 10Today Mick and his ally Beans have carved out a form of existence on the riverbanks of London when a horrific attack shocks Mick into actionEpisode 9 of 10Today as Mick starts to rebuild his life in London After World Religions painful news from Glasgow forces him to confront hisastEpisode 10 of 10Today Finally off the streets now Mick determines to face up to the ast But can there ever be a future for him and his two sons God s Own Country was nominated for eight major awards winning the Betty Trask and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year awardsReader Alexander MortonAbridger Sally MarmionProducer Justine Willetthttpswwwbbccoukprogrammesb012 At times bleak and despairing a novel about griefdepressionfamilies and friendsSet initially in working class Glasgow the scene then shifts South to London where we encounter the world of the homelessParts of this section were laboured and repetitive I foundThis novel is well writtenpermeated with humour and hrased in vernacular of GlasgowF. T Soon Mick will have to find a new way to live get a new job get away start again forget everything.

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