Lucian Robinson

Taxi, Please

A Decent Ride

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Hurricanes are in vogue in recent fiction; Richard Ford’s Let Me Be Frank with You and Ben Lerner’s 10:04 both used Hurricane Sandy to structure their narratives. In Irvine Welsh’s tenth novel, A Decent Ride, Hurricane Bawbag, which passed through Scotland in December 2011, does similar work as a temporal reference and as an exemplar of the Scottish ability to greet adversity with a stoicism born of familiarity. 

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