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Listening Length 17 hours and 30 minutes
Author Douglas Stuart
Narrator Angus King
Audible.in Release Date 20 February 2020
Publisher Picador
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B07Z6PQL2T
Best Sellers Rank #745 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals)
#8 in Coming of Age Fiction
#42 in Literary Fiction
#1,282 in Contemporary Fiction (Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Life in the Shambles
By Singh, R. on 1 December 2020
Even before the shortlist for the Booker was declared, seeing the longlist I already knew this is something that would interest me. I waited patiently for the night the prize was to be announced. Somehow, I knew this book would bag the prize and then I would certainly read it. Predictably, it won and I ordered the book then and there. I began reading the book the morning it arrived and it was, indeed, a read that clings to you and tugs at your heart from the first page. It is the story of a Scottish family managing their lives through economic hardships, substance abuse, physical and emotional violence in the 1980s of Glasgow. Although this book is claimed to be solely the story of Shuggie and his mother, I felt there was more to the story than them only. It was the story of the whole family struggling to remain together, hold each other and save each other from the world in their embrace that they called home. I was moved by the poignant recollection of the author's memory from what he knew of Glasgow and from his mother's own addiction as he grew up. However, I couldn't bring myself to love this novel as I had expected to, especially, given its comparison to 'A Little Life'. There was something about the language that made me take an unexpectedly longer time to finish the novel. Maybe the language did not warm up to me, or maybe Ferrante spoiled me with her prose. I have no complaints with the author as such because it was a well-written book. I could see the incidents in the novel unfold before my eyes very well. I think it is the presence of too many new characters all the time that made me difficult to concentrate on the writing. Nonetheless, the book is certainly an achievement even without the prize, that only adds to its relevance. It painfully captures heartbreaks, hopelessness and hope of a family trying to discover happiness among the dingy neighbourhoods of existence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unordinary and Unforgettable!
By Nazarin on 25 February 2021
Shuggie Bain is a masterpiece, an astounding debut which will make your soul desperate and heart ache. Set in the 1981-1992 Glasgow, Stuart's debut novel is a fascinating reading experience, story of a 14 yr old Shuggie Bain and his mother Agnes Bain, so dark and intense, which brilliantly portrays a broken childhood and hopeless love. It includes multiple themes- poverty, abuse, addiction, gender inequality, religion etc.

Shuggie Bain is not a feel good read; it's more like a gothic fiction. The writing style will make you want more of Stuart's works as it's charming, Glasgow dialect and the subtle descriptions of each incident will never fail to take you to the unordinary and unforgettable life of Shuggie.

Shuggie and his love...he loved Agnes so much that the only thing he wanted was to make her normal, to live a normal life with her. And her alcoholism, the author is not directly sharing the physical and mental conditions of an alcoholic, but we can feel the depth of darkness inside her and she considered alcohol as an escape from the physical and mental abuse and her unfulfilled dreams. This novel is a rare one with all it's memorable characters and outspoken realities. It was a highly disturbing, yet heartbreakingly-good read, Shuggie and his unusual, painful life will always stay with you!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars “Pathos” comes to mind
By Nina Amin on 17 January 2021
What is it to live a life desperately loving a woman who constantly breaks your heart and fails you. The story of Shuggie Bain is easily one of the saddest I’ve ever read. The story of a little boy living with an alcoholic mother. I had to take pauses between reading, because Shuggie’s anxiety and desperation was so palpable. Douglas Stuart, the author says that this book was based on his own life experiences.
I just wanted to hug my own young son a little tighter as I read this incredibly well-written book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Made my blood boil
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 August 2020
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 October 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS NOT A FEELGOOD BOOK.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 September 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tragic, well written, worth reading BUT with a few reservations...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 October 2020
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