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Glue by Irvine Welsh

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By Irvine Welsh

Glue is the tale of 4 boys starting to be up within the Edinburgh schemes, and concerning the loyalties, the reports and the secrets and techniques that carry them jointly into their thirties.

As we stick to their lives from the 70's into the recent century - from punk to techno, from pace to Es - we will see each one of them attempting to fight out from below the load of the conditioning of sophistication and tradition, peer strain and their parents' hopes that perhaps their sons will do higher than they did. What binds the 4 of them is the friendship shaped by way of the scheme, their tuition, and their ambition to flee from either; their loyalty fused in road morality: again up your pals, don't hit girls and, most significantly, by no means grass - on anyone.

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And there's four ounce pennies, the heaviest I could find, a-tied in bits of linen, for weights . '" (Chap. 18) Her final words in this speech are truly conclusive as she records the dwindling of the personal life: '. . ' The small scale of the imagined losses is right for this obituary praise of such a passive existence. It is not wholly passive, however, and the valedictory words anticipate the telling of those deep secrets Susan Henchard did not wish to be known, which shaped destinies after her death.

Loc. ) She has left behind the pleasure principle of the spring rally but she has found more of her own language. She is no longer quoting but using her own rhetoric, grown adept in personification and dialogue, a better speaker. The language is guarded from within, the narrator's favourite 'seems', 'as if, and interrogations placed in her developed imagination and intelligence. The contrast between the star-story she tells to the workers, and these speeches, shows the ability to shift dialects, as the narrator notes.

The floating pollen seemed to be his notes made visible, and the dampness of the garden the weeping of the garden's sensibility. (Chap. 19) This fancy, a secular version of the earlier religious projections, is sensuous, wonderfully kinaesthetic, and made provisional by 'seemed'. ', commonplace, 'Life in general', and seasoned only with educated slang: 'this hobble of being alive is rather serious', and 'any line of reading'. Though the narrator observes as 'rank-smelling' the 'weedflowers' to which she attributes 'intentness', all her words, sentences and dialect are as fresh as the spring season, the matrix of her imagery, 'the apple-blooth is falling, and everything is so green'.

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