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Characters ✓ The Deadman's Pedal ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Alan Warner æ 6 Free read It is the early 1970s in the Highlands of Scotland and for 16 year old Simon Crimmons there's really not much to do He can hang around with his pals or his first ever girlfriend Nikki he can dream about a first motorbike to get him out of the Port and among the hills but in truth he's going nowhereThe only local drama and romance is provided by the rural railway and Simon ends up working on the trains by chance thrown. The Deadman s Pedal by Alan WarnerWarner returns to the Port the fictionalised version of Oban which was the setting for his earlier novels Morvern Callar and The Sopranos in this wonderful book He has spooled the clock back four decades to the early 1970s and given us a male narrator 15 year old Simon Crimmonds His family relatively affluent his father is a Yorkshireman running a fleet of 10 red and cream liveried haulage lorries he has a small brother Jeff and his mother endlessly tends the grounds of their large modernised house in the village of Tulloch just outside the Port Tulloch Villa is a large two storey Victorian dwelling with hardly a whisper of Gothic on the shores of the sea loch Simon finds first love and sex with little ray of golden sun Nikki Caine escaping together on his 50cc Yamaha motorbike wenching where they can be it dark lanes or the back green behind her council house outside the tiny bedroom she shares with her older sister Karen Simon is not sure what he wants from his life but it isn t the life his father who left school without ualifications has planned for him Idly wandering into the Labour Exchange one day he ends up applying for what he thinks is a job at the hospital where Karen is a nurse but turns out to be a trainee railwayman working with the new diesel engines in direct competition with his father Despite his best efforts he gets the job and is pitched into a world of older men men with bodies shattered by decades of hard manual work hands immune to pain from endless hours shovelling coal as firemen for the steam trains they served onThe Deadman s Pedal is in some ways a coming of age novel we witness Simon grow as learns to handle the engines and haul passengers and goods from the Port blindly over the moors to link with the Glasgow trains to drink heavy with the railwaymen and fend off rampant socialist Red Hannan s imprecations to join the cause He meets Alexander English boarding school educated scion of the great house at Broken Moan high above the port his restless sister Varie and their ex army officer class father Commander of the Pass Andrew Bultitude Alexander introduces Simon to the addictions of foreign literature and vinyl music Varie to lust after a girl moving into the world of university beyond the Port and smoking dopeBut this book is much that a simple bildungsroman What shines as ever with Warner is his precise detail and dialogue The evocation of provincial Scottish life in the early 1970s is utterly compelling and meticulous from the characterisation of war raised conservative parents versus their sexually liberated but still emotionally conservative children to the particulars such as ownership of colour tv to mark out the affluent families Warner s exuisite passages of Simon and the other railwaymen on the trains could in less able hands have easily been pedantic but are here infused with the freshness of Simon experiencing it for the first time a gone world of mechanical manual railways signalmen and paraffin lanterns Warner metonymically uses touches such as cigarettes smoked the old railwaymen smoke roll ups Simon and his friends Embassys perhaps symbolic of wartime frugality versus 70s convenience or a move from the values of hand work and craft to consumerism Warner s writers craft is there in the difference in the feel of Nikki and Varie s hair the way that one when riding pillion lays her head on Simon s back turning from the road ahead while the other looks over his shoulder to see it in bare feet with red nail varnished toe nails in the colour of a pair of eyes It is in the fact that the date roundel at Tulloch Villa built in 1881 has never been engravedWarner also uses his usual darkly humourous flair for gifting names and nicknames John Penalty is paying the price for a life on the railways hips crumbling Shoutin Darroch rarely speaks and English educated Varie bears the only obviously Scottish name among the younger generation but her name is an Anglicized phoenetic translation of the Gaelic name Mhairi so English people will not have trouble pronouncing it Gaelic is a language in which word sound and visual appearance have at best a passing acuaintance and Varie s parents insidious act of exchanging a language accessible only through local knowledge for transparency and obviousness appears symbolic of her obvious poor little rich girl version of wild child and her lack of mystery and opacityAnd always behind everything is the landscape and its ability to alter people the desolate lands above the Port that Simon travels through on train and motorbike the den he and friend Galbraith construct high above the Port the hydroelectric dam loch Andrew Bultitude commissioned which drowned a village and his mother s home and the streams that cut through the hills which bring about the dramatic events that end the novel as Simon takes a good train over the moors with and increasingly ailing PenaltyThis is the book Warner has been speaking of for years and it was worth the wait

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Characters ✓ The Deadman's Pedal ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Alan Warner æ 6 Free read Rilling and vertiginousWith The Deadman's Pedal Alan Warner returns to the landscapes of Morvern Callar and his early novels a world where the real and the surreal grim trade unionists and the crazed aristocracy live under the shadows of the same great mountains along the same railway line A demented comedy a wild romantic fling The Deadman's Pedal is another thrillingly imagined adventure by one of our finest novelist. Set in 1970 s 15 year old Simon Crimmons is finished school for the Summer holidays He has a new girlfriend his first and is longing to get a job and a motorbike With his father running a haulage company this would seem an opportunity for a job However his father is adamant that he should stay in school and when he is 18 he can come work for him Much to his father and mother s dismay Simon eventually near the summers end gets a job as a trainee train driver his father s main competitors for carrying stockFrom Simon s considerably wealthy background his girlfriend Nikki is from the nearest town s estate so her family is somewhat poorerWhile out with friends and his wee brother coming from a country where wee is also along with Scotland used as a term meaning small I m used to using the word My own county s nickname is The Wee County he becomes enchanted with Varie Bultitude The daughter of the aristocratic landowner In relation to this the first chapter of the book is to do with the ueen s visit to the Bultitude s house back in the 1960 s and the preparations After a chance encounter in a book shop in town with Varie s brother Alexander he becomes friends with her and her brother This is why I brought up the class difference between Simon and Nikki because this is another contrasting class difference The dialogue between the different character s is very good particularly with Simon s new colleagues at the train station and enjoyable with some good comic touchesI found the central theme to be With independence comes responsibilityI don t think the ending was wholely conclusive to the storyline but I might be blinded with Warner s previous book The Stars in the Bright Sky where he revisited the characters from The Sopranos so there could be that expectation of a follow on to this in 10 years timeFor me Warner has furthered his reputation as an excellent writer with this book

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Characters ✓ The Deadman's Pedal ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Alan Warner æ 6 Free read Into a community of jaded older men But that summer he is introduced to a world far glamorous and strange He meets the louche bohemian Alex and his dark gorgeous sister Varie all that remains of 'the doomed family' of the great house at Broken Moan where their father Andrew Bultitude is Commander of the Pass When Simon falls in love with the otherworldly Varie he is suddenly given a freedom and mobility that is both th. There was something very fitting about finishing this lovely coming of age novel on a train traversing the snow clad Oregon Cascades Our protagonist the bookish Simon is fed up with school he wants to work for his father s haulier firm but can t drive lorries for another couple of years until he turns 18 In the meantime he hooks up with Nikki Caine a serious minded young lady taking her to the very scant winching spaces The Port has on offer on his inadeuate Yamaha motorbikeAs an act of defiance he puts his name down at the Jobs Board at the Labour Exchange for two jobs traction assistant at the hospital where Nikki s beguiling elder sister works as a nurse and a job on Scottish RailSimon s other preoccupation becomes the children of the Bultitude Family hereditary Commanders of the Pass He stalks and eventually befriends Andrew the scapegrace elder son who is perpetually being gated from various Continental Prep schools and his alluring younger sister Varie who will be studying Geography at Edinburgh University he becomes the Marwood to Andrew s Withnail and something complex with Varie Complications ensue even as he becomes an engineer on the rail line between The Port and Glasgow and finds himself thrust into the concerns of the ancient men who have worked on that line in the decades before he was bornAll in all Warner weaves his deft comic hand throughout the narrative and as usual manages to pack an emotional wallop towards the end of the book

  • Hardcover
  • 376
  • The Deadman's Pedal
  • Alan Warner
  • English
  • 03 October 2017
  • 9780224071703