PDF NEW Blood author Janice Galloway Õ Janice Galloway
I think I ve read one too many sensitive middle class novels in which sensitive people behave sensitively towards ach other in their charming houses that reflect their taste and sensitive characters so this was a blast of fresh fierce Scottish airWorking class and A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, experimental these stories are on thedge in both form and content and the only uniform aspect is the uality which is as high as "it getsThere s wit and charm but also helplessness and insoluble problemsOne story is or less a literary version of "getsThere s wit and charm but also helplessness and insoluble problemsOne story is or less a literary version of Bacon from Viz and another is the tale of an old woman s suicide Life hurts people bleed and rarely do they do it with such force and impact as here Wonderful stuff Beautifully gritty Short stories Blood is a collection of short stories by Scottish writer Janice Galloway These stories are told from a distinctly female point of view and The Shadow Reader examine the interplay between men and women often theffect that men have on women and specifically the ffects on women of living in a male dominated society Galloway s writing is superb She takes chances another writer would not take or would take but fail and her peculiar strength is in conveying a wealth of motion in a few simple words These twenty *two short tales are little rollercoaster rides they can leave you anywhere from out of *short tales are little rollercoaster rides they can leave you anywhere from out of to outraged Re reading I think Pretty sure I read this collection of short stories when it first came out Cannot be sure though Liking it so fa. Land on SundayGenuinely unnerving she is a fierce troubling new writer ObserverGalloway flecks her hard dged realism with impressionist grace notes a potent mixture that confirms her as one of Scotland's best young writers Sunday TelegraphThere is ample proof in Blood of Galloway's unassailable talent Marvellously funny and beautifully paced Glasgow Herald.
Janice Galloway Ç 3 reviewFearless was the story that really stuck with me Not just because of the characterisation but because Fearless was a real person a known character in Saltcoats Ayrshire where the author is from The title story of this collection has the most realistic description of a trip to the dentist since McTeague or Huysman s Against the Grain Great story too This collection marked by a compressed and vibrant
language as well as continuous xperimentation with form The willingness to xplore traditional approaches to the story is refreshingas well as continuous xperimentation with form The willingness to xplore *non traditional approaches to the story is refreshing combined with *traditional approaches to the story is refreshing and combined with compression of language makes this a real find Not sure what to make of some of these pieces but it s a pleasurable read I love the risk taking Twenty three stories here and I think something uniue could be said about her techniue in ach one Language predominates over character particularly in the short shorts Janice Galloway is simply the best writer ver Sometimes I have trouble reading stories this short because my attention span doesn t allow for me to read than one or two at a time and then I spend three weeks on a 180 page book that I could have read in a day or two But it s good Some stories the title story and a couple of others are better than others ie the longest story but overall it s definitely worth reading Start with The Trick Is To Keep Breathing though if you haven t read her before The tales in Blood take real life and filter it through dense sometimes. Blood is a virtuoso work the writing sinewy and beautiful the integrity of vision coruscating; the whole driven by the author's restless xperimentation with form And at least two stories Blood itself and Fearless will certainly nd up in anthologies not Best Scottish Writers or Best Women Writers but uite simply Best New Statesman and SocietyI remember rea. Fragmented prose until it becomes concentrated one might say In the title *story for xample a girl has her tooth removed by the dentist *for Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling example a girl has her tooth removed by the dentist her desire to stanch the bleeding comes to represent something of a wish to hold herself in as it were Plastering the Cracks begins with the straightforward premise of a woman calling in workmen to repair a room but treats its material with a twist of absurdity as the builders move in and communicate with the woman only through notesThe piece two fragments deals directly with the idea of inflating reality as it contrasts the ways in which a father lost two fingers and a grandmother one of heryes with the outlandish Monsieur Pain explanations given to the narrator as a child Love in a changingnvironment pushes its subject slightly out of reality in a slightly different way as it depicts the ups and downs of a couple s relationship being affected by the changing nature of the shop above which they live A series of pieces called Scenes from the Life depict various situations such as a father s harsh life lesson to his son and an lderly woman s appointment with a health visitor as theatrical scenes which puts distance between reader and action in a thought provoking way this was a completely different book for me to read as its all short stories all the stories are very harsh some rather sad some grim it was interesting to read something that was outside my usual box but i dont think i will return for. Ding a story by Janice Galloway for the first time; its urgency of voice that certainty of xpression I wondered why I hadn't heard of her before; then discovered that she was altogether new to writing It was some debut She really is a fine writer James KelmanA salutary collection a marvelous revelation A writer of passion and virtuosity shines through Scot. ,