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.
All photos authors own.