Human Punk

Human Punk For fifteen year old Martin growing up in Slough the summer of means punk rock reggae disco stolen cars cut throat gangs and a job picking cherries for the gypsies Life is sweet until he s

  • Title: Human Punk
  • Author: John King
  • ISBN: 9780224060486
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • For fifteen year old Martin, growing up in Slough, the summer of 1977 means punk rock, reggae, disco, stolen cars, cut throat gangs, and a job picking cherries for the gypsies Life is sweet until he s beaten up and thrown in the Grand Union canal with his best friend, Smiles Fast forward to 1988 and Joe is heading home on the Trans Siberian Express after three years woFor fifteen year old Martin, growing up in Slough, the summer of 1977 means punk rock, reggae, disco, stolen cars, cut throat gangs, and a job picking cherries for the gypsies Life is sweet until he s beaten up and thrown in the Grand Union canal with his best friend, Smiles Fast forward to 1988 and Joe is heading home on the Trans Siberian Express after three years working in a Hong Kong bar Fast forward again to 2000, and Joe is sitting pretty as a DJ until a face from the past forces him to re live that night in 1977 and deal with the fall out.

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    1. Немного о жанре. Эту книгу я начала читать сразу после прочтения классического «Человека, который смеется» Гюго и именно поэтому контраст жанров виден просто уууууух как. Если вы взяли в руки заветную черно-оранжевую книжку не ждите, что там будут пушистые щенки, принцессы [...]

    2. Fuckin' brilliant. Took me so long to read, but that's because of personal reasons. Anyway, reading this was great, I've always been an Anglophile, the music most especially and the culture. I could say that half of the slangs used I could properly understand, but the others are just way too Brit for me. Nonetheless, this is such a great read. Very interesting, actually. I never had any proper introduction to punk. I have listened to The Clash's London Calling and other singles, but not a real p [...]

    3. Another Anglocentric masterpiece by John King, Human Punk follows his motif of British culture, from his works regarding soccer and skinhead culture to this project on early punk rock and it's impact on British youth. Told in three parts and stretching over thirty years, it's King's epic, his experiment in telling the story of a life.The first act of the book takes place in 1977, right as the early Punk Movement is hitting Britain, and Joe, a kid from blue-collar Slough, is wrapped up in the mus [...]

    4. One of my absolutely favorite books. I've owned it twice now, as the first copy I borrowed out and never saw it again! A great read, John King's talent shows through. The story spans several years, from a bunch of high school punkers and their eventual growing up and spreading out and the unfortunately circumstances of their eventual reunion. Very vivid and realistic. Easy to transport yourself in the middle of the story. If I could hug stories, this one I would.

    5. Strong novel with a very likable protagonist--it captures the fragmentation of memory, the real life struggles of growing up, and the changing landscape of England from the 1970s through the early 2000s. In prose driven by long, musical sentences and a plot filled with complex characters struggling with their relationships with each other and with themselves, Human Punk is a worthwhile read for any body interested in punk or coming of age literature.

    6. one of those dialectic stream of conscience brit books. he's an aged punker scarred by a tragedy in his past. bit of philosophy but mostly the driving narrative of a non-halfassed sort of man, a respectable chap, as it were. reads like you've been shot out of a cannon. great fiction and good writing

    7. Vi ricordate la Banda dei Brocchi di Johnatan Coe? questo è il fratello cattivo. A fine lettura viene voglia di tingersi i capelli di arancione, sniffare un po’ di colla e rubare la pensione alle vecchiette. Invece mi tocca restare a casa a impiastricciarmi di Lasonil contro i reumatismi. Da rubare.

    8. Ihan hyvä, mutta ei voi sanoa miksikään tajunnanräjäyttäväksi. Kirjailija haki kenties jotain hengästyttävää jopa kolmen sivun(!!) pituisilla järjettömän pitkillä lauseilla, jotka enemmän uuvuttivat kuin ihastuttivat.

    9. Reads like an autobiography. Teenager in the late 70s in a rough part of England. It definitely did not make me wish I'd been there then.

    10. Really fun read, probably pretty autobiographical, one of those books good for a long train or plane trip. I'd read some more by John King but he's tough to find in the US.

    11. Heavy culture description of the age of punk and hand-touching-politics.Heavy reading but worth of it.Although not suitable for everyone.

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