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No Mean City read paperback I did not finish this book, not because of the story line or writing because what I did read of it was very good, I just could not understand or get away with the very broad Scottish dialect which made the continuity of reading very difficult I may come back to it one day it s a shame because the story was rolling along quite nicely. This book primarily deals with the poverty in the slums of pre war Glasgow I found it to be quite horrendous in places, particularly in the gang mentalities and how difficult it was for people to get into an education or a career which would be good enough to allow them to escape the slums It made me wonder whether I would be able to better myself in such a situation, and the answer was probably not.The lives of all of the inhabitants of this novel just seem so incredibly depressing, and fil This book primarily deals with the poverty in the slums of pre war Glasgow I found it to be quite horrendous in places, particularly in the gang mentalities and how difficult it was for people to get into an education or a career which would be good enough to allow them to escape the slums It made me wonder whether I would be able to better myself in such a situation, and the answer was probably not.The lives of all of the inhabitants of this novel just seem so incredibly depressing, and filled with violence and hardship Very few people have ambitions many are content to just soldier on with what they have been given.I didn t find this to be well written, but I think it overcomes this with its brutal and frank social observations.This is definitely worth a look, particularly if you are familiar with the Glasgow area I found it interesting to be reading about streets and places I know with a historical slant placed on them, and I also enjoyed the use of Glasgow slang to project pieces of realism It s harrowing in places, and definitely cutting edge, but I d recommend it No Mean City is a 1935 work of fiction that tells of life in The Gorbals district of Glasgow, Scotland Written at much the same time that the novel depicts, it pulls few punches about the district s street urchins, gangland thugs and the few with ambitions to move on The main character, Johnnie Stark, sees no future beyond The Gorbals and instead fashions his life around being top dog in the dank and miserable arenas that are the tenement buildings and miserable public houses Johnnie s keep No Mean City is a 1935 work of fiction that tells of life in The Gorbals district of Glasgow, Scotland Written at much the same time that the novel depicts, it pulls few punches about the district s street urchins, gangland thugs and the few with ambitions to move on The main character, Johnnie Stark, sees no future beyond The Gorbals and instead fashions his life around being top dog in the dank and miserable arenas that are the tenement buildings and miserable public houses Johnnie s keeps himself fit to fight hard and soon becomes known as the Razor King , carrying cut throat razors in each of his waistcoat packets see book cover which he wields and slashes at the slightest provocation and often at provocation of his own.The book is quite engaging, though personally, I think Johnnie gets way to much of his own way, even given the various beatings he does suffer as things progress I waited for a worthy adversary and thought several times that I was going to get one, but instead read what often feelslike an education in Gorbals life of low level crime, hooliganism and down trodden women The books insights into Gorbals life in the 20s and 30s make it an interesting but not an exceptional read Having grown up in Maryhill In Glasgow and spent 25 years in the city I recognise the culture but not the time Glasgow has moved on but you could still find this aspect if you so wished I love Glasgow it is a hard city but with a big heart. Great book first read it almost 40 year ago takes you into the Glasgow of that era and gives a sense of the poverty and despair that the people must have felt at that time, it could have been based on the real life person called Billy Fullerton leader of the Brigton Billy Boys This book is quintessentially the novel that gave Glasgow its label of being the most violent, crime ridden, destitute city in the world at that time in the Great Depression of the 1930s It was very evocative of the poverty in the single end tenements of the slum ridden Gorbals and even I can remember flats with outside toilets and bed recesses shared by whole families I would say it is a book of its time and although it has stood the test of time, it is sometimes quaint and old fashioned in i This book is quintessentially the novel that gave Glasgow its label of being the most violent, crime ridden, destitute city in the world at that time in the Great Depression of the 1930s It was very evocative of the poverty in the single end tenements of the slum ridden Gorbals and even I can remember flats with outside toilets and bed recesses shared by whole families I would say it is a book of its time and although it has stood the test of time, it is sometimes quaint and old fashioned in its language structure Still a worthwhile read I first read this book as a young teenager despite warnings from my family that this was a travesty of the Glasgow from which they moved in the late 1940s I remember being fascinated and discovered in my later years that it was the realism which had appalled my grandmother This because in the early years of her marriage, my grandfather had chosen to serve as a chemist in a poor locality of the city where his shop became the sole source of medical treatment for many in pre NHS days. I first read this book as a 15 year old schoolgirl, preparing for my Highers and I was hooked instantly It describes the gritty Gorbals slums of the pre war era 1920s 30s and the razor gangs therein The struggles of those who live in the slums and their desire to move onto better things and how they seem to be thwarted by the collective consciousness that you re somehow a snob if you want to get on in life The only other choice for some is to protect their territory and prove their I first read this book as a 15 year old schoolgirl, preparing for my Highers and I was hooked instantly It describes the gritty Gorbals slums of the pre war era 1920s 30s and the razor gangs therein The struggles of those who live in the slums and their desire to move onto better things and how they seem to be thwarted by the collective consciousness that you re somehow a snob if you want to get on in life The only other choice for some is to protect their territory and prove their worthiness by branding faces with razors and hanging round the old dancehalls of bygone Glasgow and terrorising people to gain respect I m a child of the 80s Thatcher era, which had it s own fair share of struggles for some, but this book still hugely appeals to me and I have read it several times and will continue to do so throughout my life It really is an all time favourite of mines No Book Is Associated With The City Of Glasgow Than No Mean City First Published In , It Is The Story Of Johnnie Stark, Son Of A Violent Father And A Downtrodden Mother, The Razor King Of Glasgow S Pre War Slum Underworld, The Gorbals The Savage, Near Truth Descriptions, The Raw Character Portrayals, Bring To Life A Story That Is Fascinating, Authentic And Convincing


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