How Late It Was How Late Author:James Kelman Winner of the 1994 Booker Prize, this witty, controversial, and brilliant bestselling novel has been compared to the works of Joyce, Beckett, and many other masters. — A raw, wry vision of human survival in a bureaucratic world, How Late It Was, How Late opens one Sunday morning in Glasgow, Scotland, as Sammy, an ex-convict with a penchant... more » for shoplifting, awakens in a lane and tries to remember the two-day drinking binge that landed him there. Then, things only get worse. Sammy gets in a fight with some soldiers, lands in jail, and discovers that he is completely blind. His girlfriend disappears, the police probe him endlessly, and his stab at Disability Compensation embroils him in the Kafkaesque red tape of the welfare system.
A masterpiece of black humor, subtle political parody, and Scottish lower-class vernacularHow Late It Was, How Late is a classic-to-be from one of today's most talented novelists.« less
The story of a fist-fighting, alcoholic ex-con named Sammy who is beaten senseless by Glasgow police and plunged into a netherworld of darkness. Blinded from his beating, Sammy wanders off into a Kafkaesque nightmare in which his girlfriend, with all good reason, abandons him, the police accuse him of unspecified crimes, and a doctor tries to convince him he is not really blind. Carrying a sawed-off broomstick for a blind man's cane, Sammy brings frantic, foul-mouthed illumination to his dark world, and stands as one of the most memorable and perversely honorable antiheroes to appear in modern fiction. Winner of the Booker Prize.