Young Adam

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Grove Press, 1954 - Fiction - 146 pages
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Joe is a drifter who works as a hired hand on a barge traveling the Clyde River between Glasgow and Edinburgh. As the story opens, he finds the corpse of a young woman drifting downstream. Was it an accident? Suicide? Murder? As the police investigate and arrest a suspect, it becomes apparent that Joe knew the dead woman and has more information than he's telling. Meanwhile, an unspoken attraction has developed between Joe and the wife of the barge skipper. Soon to be released as a film, this first novel by Scottish beat writer Alexander Trocchi is an absorbing existential thriller -- a lost gem of world literature reminiscent of Camus, Bukowski, and Burroughs. "Everyone should read Young Adam." -- The Times Literary Supplement "What Trocchi was about...was testing of boundaries, the eradication of acceptable behavior in the name of something more engaged." -- The Bloomsbury Review

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User Review  - MSarki - LibraryThing

I loved the film made of this book that starred Tilda Swinton and Ewan McGregor. And because of the great film I read the book which was just as good. I had forgotten all about this particular little ... Read full review

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User Review  - DameMuriel - LibraryThing

Ignore the "beat generation novel" label (because who cares anyway...I know I don't). This is a grim but very well-written book. I'd love to see Stuart David go in this direction. Well, maybe not. But it would be interesting. Read full review


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