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Ry much though that it insists on the importance of celebrating Scottish urban working class xperience rather than the romanticised Highland The Preachers Kid emphasis Docherty A Reviewby William McIlvanney 25 November 1936 5 December 2015An awesome wee man Andra Crawford saidWho better to craft the saga of the Docherty mining family than the son of a minerNo amount of praise by a reviewer could do this book justice I read McIlvanney s book Laidlaw published in 1977 a couple of years ago It was wonderfully literate unconventional and I loved it Docherty published in 1975 proved to be anven finer novel a masterpiece It is poetic tough prose written by a man with a steely yed view of the true lot of the working class a man inalterably opposed to Thatcherism and disappointed with Tony Blair that view not tempered by any sort of false optimismDocherty begins in 1903 with the birth of a Docherty and nds after WWI with the death of a Docherty Neither Time nor The War was kind to this family As someone Gangbang Slut else has said McIlvanney s characters have a strong moral compass and a strong sense of social justice And that s about all they had Tam Docherty s father found solace in his rosary Tam Docherty accepted his lot not daring to aspire but rejecting the power of the Church defying tradition and marrying a Protestant His sons did not accept their lot and looked for a dramatic break with tradition one going off to war as a soldier upon his return reading voraciously about how others lived one starting his own mining crew with a diminished sense of deferenceven contempt betraying his father s One Con Glory expectation refusing to surrender to the mines and one caught in between his brothers aspirations Tam s daughter trapped byconomic circumstance followed her mother s Defying Shadows (Rising Shadows example and accepted a life as desperately poor mother and wife She never dared to dream Jenny Tam s wife kept the dust away and uietly loved them allSo it is a novel aboutconomic circumstance about acceptance or rejection of one s The Great Orange Leonard Scandal (Tall Tales Series; 4) expected place in the social order ofarly 20th Century Western Scotland of fathers and sons and about making one s place in a family where a man only 5 feet 4 inches tall towers over his peers by dint of personality It is about the Irish settlers and their sense of place in a neighboring country It is about the passing of time when nearly Tangled Webs (The Black Jewels, every day is the same grinding poverty Beyond the big themes Docherty has detail rich and deep There is Miss Gilfillan who lived life vicariously behind her lace curtains and always had her best tea service outven if she had no food Miss Gilfillan who died in a room cluttered with objects which would have brought a good return from the pawnshop just across the street was their neighbor There was the Bringan a bit of countryside in the grim city where Trees were brooding presences soughing incantations Every bush hid an invisible force freuently malevolent Just to walk was to invade all sorts of jealously held terrain and you had to avoid taboos and observe placative rites There were the young men continuously discussing The War and what they would do where they might go when they would sign up Somebody pointed out that Belgium was just a road into France Another voice was sure that the French were allied in some way to the Russians In THE BACKGROUND THE GRIT AND DANGER background the grit and danger the mines suffocated their lives like a black heavy shroud briefly lifted for a fresh breath only by the wakes the wedding the rare ceilidh Each paragraph is dense full of insights and the author s philosophical wisdom There are no throwaway words no fillersGive yourself the gift of Docherty Set in a working class town in Scotland in the A Fairly Honourable Defeat early 20th century this is a story of a family andspecially the father who can imagine a brighter future for his children when they can t imagine that for themselves Beautifully written this story of love character and sacrifice will stay in your mind for a long time Tam Docherty is a man you want to know Mixed feelings about this one McIlvanney is a powerful writer you can tell he s a poet from his rich use of language and metaphor as bit too rich sometimes I feel sure his picture of working class life in western Scotland is accurate and it is vividly drawn It Treads The Same Terrain treads the same terrain Zola s Germinal But there s no plot to speak of and drawn It treads the same terrain as Zola s Germinal But there s no plot to speak of and ven that much drama McIlvanney covers vents from the point of view of various members of the Docherty family but the book is really about paterfamilias Tam an old style working class hero and hard man The action starts in 1903 with the birth of his youngest son Conn and Elisabeth Shue 135 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Elisabeth Shue ends in the 1920s At thend McIlvanney is clearly The Man Without a Face evoking a generational change between the over idealised noble worker Tam and his cynical capitalist son Angus so it sssentially a melancholy story It s also old fashioned in style no show don t tell here The authorial voice is determined to tell readers what to think rather than letting them interpret characters actions on their own So a lot of it is description of what s going on in the characters heads and what it means in the context of their livesI was disappointed that McIlvanney is really only interested in the men Tam s wife Jenny gets a bit part but only in the stereotypical female role of holding the family together Daughter Kathleen marries a man both parents consider to be a good boy and disappears for a hundred pages or so to re Happy Easter, Mouse! (If You Give...) emerge as a battered wife her only appearances from then on being confined to melancholy visits to her mum and a single conversation with her father in which neither can say what they feel I d have been interested to follow her story rather than have yet suaring up between hard men Having said that McIlvanney isvidently steeped in this culture and the banter between men on the street corner at family wakes and weddings and on poaching trips was Gone (Gone, entertaining I think the most successful part though was the understated account of son Mick sxperiences in the trenches during WWI Very moving without resorting to a lot. W as a fresh wound lies between his parents in their tenement room with no birthright but a life's labour in the pits of his small town But the world is changing ,
I know I seem to rave about Threads Of The Shroud every book I read but this one was the outstanding and maybe the best book I ve read in a yearWritten in 1975 about life in andarly 20th Century mining village a lot of the characters relationships and scenarios are very appropriate to today s Scotland I dont often become so involved in a book as I was with Docherty but I felt I knew the characters personally and really sympathised with them in times of woe The dialogue and descriptions a lot of which were written in Scots were pithy but All Seated on the Ground elaborate It was a really intelligently written book without the presence of arrogance which I find very prevelant in RushieMcEwantcIt won the Whitbread award in the 1970s and uite rightfully so Having just returned from a family holiday in Ayrshire this was by sheer luck the optimum time to read this book after falling in love with my children and Scotland all over again Even though you live somewhere with someone that doesn t necessarily mean you appreciate Untitled. either the domicile or the company in fact it s uite often the oppositeThis stoked thembers of familial warmth in my heart so Wiring effectively that I almost had to remove a layer of clothing Its grim reality however prevented me from burning up in a cloud of sentimental ash McIlvanney manages to imbue the community s harsh lives with anlegiac beauty Against All Odds expressingach person s inner thoughts and longings in vocabulary most of them wouldn t Jingling Daddys Bells BDSM Menage even be able to pronounce without sounding like a pompous arseIrvine Welsh owes than a little of Mark Renton s lowest of the low scum of the finarth pontificating to the character of Tam Docherty The title is genius too diminutive powerful self sufficient just like TamIn the words of Tadger He wis only five foot fower But when yer hert goes fae yer heid tae yer taes that s a lot o hert The same could be said of a mere 359 pages More William McIlvanney please Sadly I had never heard of William McIlvanney until his death in December 2015 when numerous bloggers I follow The DOS extolled his praises and mourned the loss to the literary world Looking into this I found McIlvanney was an award winning Scottish author writing mostly aboutarly 20th century Scottish culture in and around the Glasgow area and in a small town Graithnock which is based on his hometown of Kilmarnock some 32 minutes southwest of Glasgow Docherty 1975 is the third of Against All Odds eight novels he wrote and several of the characters are revived in a later novel called The Kiln 1996 In addition to hisight novels he also published a collection of short stories called Walking Wounded His first book Remedy is None won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize Docherty won the Whitbread Novel Award and The Kiln won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award The Big Man 1985 was made into a film starring Liam Neeson and his short story Dreaming from Walking Wounded 1989 was filmed by BBC Scotland in 1990 and won a BAFTAFrom the cover Tam Docherty was only five foot four but wherever he stood he stablished a territory The people who lived in High Street Graithnock came there because of poverty yet Tam moved as if he were there by choice And his name was not a pleasant sound to than one manager in the south west of ScotlandThe story of the Docherty family of Graithnock begins with the birth of Tam s son Conn Docherty Born into a community divided between Catholic and Protestant Conn the youngest of four In A Family That Can Scarce Support One Mouth To a family that can scarce support one mouth to observes verything about Treasons, Stratagems, And Spoils everyone He watches his mother Jenny s respect for Tam and Tam s appreciation of her He sees his sister Kathleen trapped in an increasingly abusive marriage his brother Mick go off to war and return disabled his brother Angus stand up to his father and challenge the mining company management He sees the respect the men down on the corner have for his father too and how his father seldom resorts to his fists but when he does others uietly back off When his grandmother dies Conn sees how his aunt wants no responsibility for his grandfather but Jenny and Tam do what s right despite the added hardship He learns to read and dream but what can become of dreams on the poverty stricken High StreetHistorically it was the time of labour unions and the great war of hard work and deprivation of laughter and closeness andven division within families The chatter from the men on the corner the singing from the pub the desperation of wartime the wild abandonment of youth the love and decency of his parents fairly leaps off the pages as Conn grows to of youth the love and decency of his parents fairly leaps off the pages as Conn grows to absorbing it all and trying to find his own place in it all The men are rough the labour intense and the times desperate It could have been a mining town anywhere but it s Scotland and it s authentic McIlvanney has been uoted as saying he tried to give flesh to the unfulfilled stature of the dreams of his parents and the Kilmarnock community that he came from The Guardian Dec 52016 and he certainly achieved that Written in a Scottish dialect you pick of the rhythm and meaning of it uickly and it draws you into the richness of characters Review to follow I d read this several times since its publication in 1975 when it was very much hailed as the Payment Due exemplar of the modern Scottish novel Superlatives abounded and I was impressed and moved by it So forty odd years on does it still have that power My answer is yes up to a point It is undoubtedly well written but occasionally over written the narratorxplains and interprets verything it s well done but now perhaps feels rather old fashioned though of course the novel is looking back I am still touched by The Evocation Of A evocation of a and the depiction of the uintessential Scottish wee man flawed courageous heroic it now feels much legaic than it did in the 70 s the final destruction of the pits had yet to happen The blend of humour and starkness is successful But it tips slightly into a vice not unknown in Scotttish writing the darkness and brutality are offset by a streak of sentimentality I like ve. His face made a fist at the world The twined remnant of umbilicus projected vulnerably Hands feet and prick He had come uipped for the jobNewborn Conn Docherty ra. Of gory details So although I didn t love it it definitely has its merits I ve a lot of time for William McIlvanney and I ve read uite a bit of his stuff ven if I ve not got round to updating Goodreads to reflect that but for some reason I d never got round to Docherty I ve had a copy of The Ki Scottish wrathOn a December night in 1903 Tam Docherty lifts his new born son and declares that this one will never go down the pits this child Conn his youngest will work with his brains rise out of the poverty of his heritage The book covers the next twenty years or so telling the story of Conn and his family and most of all of Tam himself a man who may be only five foot fower But when yer hert goes fae yer heid tae yer taes that s a lot o hert Tam is a miner in the fictional town of Graithnock in Ayrshire He s a hard man but a good hearted one with a fierce belief that the working man deserves better from his masters a belief that he passes on to his sons though The Rich and the Profane (Lovejoy, each comes to interpret it in different ways In some ways this is uite an intimate novel concentrating on Tam s family and the small community he is part of but through them it s a fairly political look at the lot of those at the bottom of the ladder in thearly part of the twentieth century a time when the old traditions are about to be challenged first by the horrors of WW1 and then following close on its heels by the new political ideas that will sweep through Europe between the wars Graithnock may be a small place remote from the centre of power but these influences will be felt Turbulence even thereMcIlvanney writes beautifully both in English and Scots with as keen anar for speech patterns and banter as for dialect All the speech in the book is in dialect and since it s largely the dialect I grew up with it s hard for me to know for sure whether it would cause problems for non Scots to read but I don t think so Other than speech the book is in standard English The characterisation throughout is superb from Tam himself right down to the people who make only a brief incidental appearance McIlvanney has the ability to get to the heart of a character in a few sentences often using powerful metaphors to paint vivid portraits The book is Tropical Bioproductivity emotional but never mawkish these are real people and the things that happen to them are real too neverxaggerated for Elizabeth Ann Seton effect He thought he understood why it was he had always liked Tam Docherty so much He was than anything in his life showed him to be and he knew it Theffect on Andra was as if he had come across some powerful animal in a cage kept fit on its own frustration ndlessly restless knowing instinctively that the bars are an invention nothing final and feeling contempt for its keepers Andra sensed uite simply that Tam was not defeated And if Tam wasn t neither was he Although the female characters are strong and well drawn fundamentally the book concentrates on maleness in a community where physical strength is of vital importance for conomic survival The men forge strong bonds as they work in the dangerous conditions down the Mine And At Night Gather the dangerous conditions down the Mine And At Night Gather at night gather on street corners where they tell Folk Tales From the Soviet Union each other again and again the same stories that give them their sense of communal identity McIlvanney showsffectively and movingly how when physical strength begins to fade the men are somehow diminished giving way to the new generation in the first flush of their power with all the rivalry this causes between fathers and sons And as men reach the point where they can no longer go down the mine they become dependent on their children to keep them out of the poorhouseThe book covers the period of WW1 and McIlvanney takes us there with one of Tam s sons Again where other authors might become self indulgent with descriptions of the horrors McIlvanney practices admirable restraint using brief Ulysses and the Trojan War episodes to illustrate the wider picture an approach that I found asffective as many of the books that have wallowed too luxuriously in the blood and the mud His perspective is to in the blood and the mud His perspective is to at the after Tall, Dark Rich effects of the war on those who lived through it or lost someone to it both in terms ofmotional impact and on how it fed into the politics of the post war society Son it s The Collector's Encyclopedia of Antique Marbles easy tae be guid oan a fu belly It s when a man s goat two bites an wan o them he ll share ye ken whit he s made o Listen In ony country in the world who are the only folk that ken whit it s like tae leeve in that country The folk at the boattom The rest can a kid themselves oan They can afford to hiv fancy ideas We canny son We loass the wan idea o who we are we re deid We re wan anither Tae survive we ll respect wan anither When the time comes we ll a move forward thegither or nut at all It s strange how sometimes it depends on when we read a book as to how it affects us While I think this is anxcellent book I found its impact on me somewhat lessened by having so recently read The Grapes of Wrath Docherty was for me the Taught to Obey easier andnjoyable read but I found I was drawing comparisons all the way through the major themes of Learning to Dance in the Rain exploited workers and the strength that comes through the bonds of male physicality of women as the nurturing backbone who hold families together of the despair that drives men towardsxtreme political systems are at the heart of both books Different societies but with similar issues and both showing man s fundamental struggle for survival in an unfair and unjust world And though I would say Docherty is by far the better structured of the two and mercifully much briefer I must give the award for Rebel (The Change, emotional power to Steinbeckven though I object to the manipulation he used to achieve it And though McIlvanney s writing maintains a much consistently high standard throughout he never uite reaches the sublimity of some of the passages in The Grapes of Wrath I suspect I would have found Docherty both powerful and motional if I could have avoided the comparison Definitely still a great novel though and one that I highly recommendwwwfictionfanblogwordpressco. 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