Shuggie Bain, Douglas Stuart

My excuse for reading this book was being stuck in hospital.

It’s not exactly an uplifting experience.

One central character slowly descends into alcoholism & damages relations all around.

The rather sad lives portrayed give no sense of hope for a brighter future & I found it rather predictable – if a little bit voyeuristic peering in on folks struggling to cope.

Given fellow patients on my ward suffered from alcoholism & drug abuse – along with other physical ailments – I found Shuggie Bain showcasing characters I’ve met with all too often.

There is hope for alcoholics to improve their lives – but precious little of that came through in the book.

Too close to reality for me.

Sláinte

All photos authors own.

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