Very moving, but also funny in parts. The dialogue is excellent and the characterisations are so good that I felt that I was in the village of Thornbank and was part of the story. Mcilvanney is good at describing how Dan prepares for the fight and I liked the part about having to continue to do ordinary tasks when something huge is happening in your life-"Upright, he tried to conjure normalcy out of small actions. He took a long time washing himself at the basin. He brushed his teeth three times, as if Cutty Dawson and he were to meet for a smiling contest....He did all of this very slowly and thoroughly because he was trying through the ceremony of habit to make the day real for him. It didn't work." This is a well written book which tells a compelling story.
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