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How Late It Was, How Late : Winner of the 1994 Man Booker Prize - James Kelman

How Late It Was, How Late

Winner of the 1994 Man Booker Prize

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Published: 1st March 1995
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Winner of the 1994 Booker Prize, this witty, controversial, and brilliant bestselling novel has been compared to the works of Joyce, Beckett, and many other masters. A raw, wry vision of human survival in a bureaucratic world, How Late It Was, How Late opens one Sunday morning in Glasgow, Scotland, as Sammy, an ex-convict with a penchant for shoplifting, awakens in a lane and tries to remember the two-day drinking binge that landed him there.  Then, things only get worse.  Sammy gets in a fight with some soldiers, lands in jail, and discovers that he is completely blind.  His girlfriend disappears, the police probe him endlessly, and his stab at Disability Compensation embroils him in the Kafkaesque red tape of the welfare system. A masterpiece of black humor, subtle political parody, and Scottish lower-class vernacular How Late It Was, How Late is a classic-to-be from one of today's most talented novelists.

"Beautiful, spirited thoughts hard up against the old brute truths...enormous artistic and social depth...James Kelman's best book yet" Guardian "Forging a wholly distinctive style from the bruised cadences of demotic Glaswegian, Kelman renders the hidden depths of ordinary lives in sardonic, abrasive prose which is more revealing of feelings that could ever be expected...as uplifting a novel as one could ever hope to read" Sunday Telegraph "A passionate, scintillating, brilliant song of a book" Independent "Gritty, realistic and bleak, but the overall tone is strangely positive. The fast pace of the narrative, Kelman's dry humour and the indomitable spirit combine to provide a liberating read" Big Issue

ISBN: 9780749398835
ISBN-10: 0749398833
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st March 1995
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1