Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Publication Date: 1985
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
London. 1985. Jonathan Cape. 1st British Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 1st Novel. 176 pages. hardcover. Jacket illustration by Linda Jeffrey. 0224023276. keywords: Literature England. inventory # 11725. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Twelve scarifying episodes in punk life. Swank’s motto was to stay anaesthetised any way you could: drugs, booze, a good bit of outrageous angry noise would do - even a book if the characters were the right sort. A woman cop had told Carrie she would be better off with someone more adjusted — but adjusted to what? Life on the dole with Swank got pretty violent sometimes when he was especially frustrated, but it was better than anything Carrie had known before. Swank beat her up - and other people for that matter, if they got on his nerves, and he always carried a knife, which helped persuade people to lend him money - but he was all Carrie had. Some friends of theirs had gone to New York and said they were in the room where Sid Vicious killed Nancy. It would never go that far with Swank. He never seemed to get depressed really: hen just got violent and cheered up again, always with a tough confident face to turn to the world. He had a good band, wore the right clothes and listened to the right sounds. Alison had always been slightly wary of Swank, ever since the day a bunch of them had gone frolicking in the nude from one suburban swimming pool to another on a whim. He was so wild and Alison knew that her own music would never appeal to him. She saw no point in jumping on some punk bandwagon five years too late, even if her own style was becoming ‘very early-morning Radio Two’. Like the other two, Alison has to weigh up the cost of personal anarchy. Swank, Carrie and Alison are the central figures in David Tudor’s striking first book - a rowdy, original, episodic view of contemporary life (with one brief, revealing, Dickensian interlude) which will open the eyes of many people. The world Tudor depicts is one of acute pressures - one where you have to keep ahead of fashion, know when to leave behind New Wave and disco funk, how to balance the boredom of unemployment against the boredom of a dull job. And ultimately when you age, you can’t win — either you ‘switch over’ or hide your wrinkling face beneath a Smash Hits haircut and look ridiculous. With intelligence, wit and a fresh, lucid delivery, Tudor brings his characters to points of arresting recognition of themselves and the impact on the reader is as startling. Bookseller Inventory # 11725
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