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Shuggie Bain

Titre en français : L'histoire de Shuggie Bain
Auteur : Stuart, Douglas

anglais

Nombre de pages : 448
Dimensions : 3.1 x 20.8 x 14 cm
Éditeur : Grove Press
Date d'édition : 2020-10

prix TTC :
17,95 €
Réf.9780802148506

Shuggie Bain est l'histoire inoubliable du jeune Hugh «Shuggie» Bain, un garçon doux et solitaire qui passe son enfance des années 80 dans des logements sociaux délabrés à Glasgow, en Écosse. Les politiques de Thatcher ont mis les maris et les fils au chômage, et la fameuse épidémie de drogue de la ville attend dans les coulisses.

Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of young Hugh “Shuggie” Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher’s policies have put husbands and sons out of work, and the city’s notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings. Shuggie’s mother Agnes walks a wayward path: she is Shuggie’s guiding light but a burden for him and his siblings. She dreams of a house with its own front door while she flicks through the pages of the Freemans catalogue, ordering a little happiness on credit, anything to brighten up her grey life. Married to a philandering taxi-driver husband, Agnes keeps her pride by looking good—her beehive, make-up, and pearly-white false teeth offer a glamorous image of a Glaswegian Elizabeth Taylor. But under the surface, Agnes finds increasing solace in drink, and she drains away the lion’s share of each week’s benefits—all the family has to live on—on cans of extra-strong lager hidden in handbags and poured into tea mugs. Agnes’s older children find their own ways to get a safe distance from their mother, abandoning Shuggie to care for her as she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety. Shuggie is meanwhile struggling to somehow become the normal boy he desperately longs to be, but everyone has realized that he is “no right,” a boy with a secret that all but him can see. Agnes is supportive of her son, but her addiction has the power to eclipse everyone close to her—even her beloved Shuggie.