Looking for the Possible Dance

Looking for the Possible Dance A first novel which dissects the intricate difficulties of human relationships from a Scotswoman s passionate attachment to her father and her problematic involvement with her lover to the wider soc

  • Title: Looking for the Possible Dance
  • Author: A.L. Kennedy
  • ISBN: 9780749397586
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Paperback
  • A first novel which dissects the intricate difficulties of human relationships, from a Scotswoman s passionate attachment to her father and her problematic involvement with her lover, to the wider social relations between pupil and teacher, employer and employee, individual and state.

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    About “A.L. Kennedy

    • A.L. Kennedy

      Alison Louise Kennedy is a Scottish writer of novels, short stories and non fiction She is known for a characteristically dark tone, a blending of realism and fantasy, and for her serious approach to her work She occasionally contributes columns and reviews to UK and European newspapers including the fictional diary of her pet parrot named Charlie.

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    • Learn yerself Scotch Part One (With A.L Kennedy and shovelmonkey1)Greet - CryStovies - Type of meat stew with potatoes, onions and other root vegKen - KnowNip yer head - to nag someoneGub - to hit or smackWean / Wee yun - childBirl - to spinGit yer hole - to get laidFor Part Two, Intermediate Scotch, please see Morvern Callar by Alan Werner.For Part Three, Hard core Scotch, please see Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh.Set in an indeterminate Scottish City (Glasgow), A.L Kennedy leads us on our own d [...]


    • I love A.L. Kennedy’s first short story collection. Looking For the Possible Dance is not that collection. For starters, it does not contain my favorite short story, “Star Dust.” It is also not titled Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains. Looking For the Possible Dance is, however, Kennedy’s first novel, but it’s missing all the parts that made me love her shorter works. Unfortunately, it even reads like a grossly overextended short story and that just doesn’t work. Novels are al [...]


    • This time, a Scottish author. A she. Younger than myself. Can this be categorized as a "chic lit"? I think so. Margaret has two important men in her life: her father (never knew her mother, left when she was just a baby) and her lover Colin (make this into a movie and this character would surely be Colin Farrell--he's cute and love to fuck, and say "fuck"). A brilliant intro, Margaret and her father in a dance. I keep thinking: was this the inspiration for that song by Luther Vandross which has [...]


    • 4.5 starsMargaret is grieving- the loss of her father, who was her hero. The loss of her job- even though she was not suited for it and her boss was horrible. And the possibility of losing her relationship with her true love, Colin. This story starts almost at the end-Margaret is on a train to London, thinking and remembering. While on the train she meets James, an otherly abled boy with an uncanny ability to see through her, and they become friends. While their encounter is brief, he affects he [...]


    • If I can say one thing about Looking for the Possible Dance, that it is definitely not a summer read. It’s bleak, sad with one uplifting moment. However if you put this aside and let the novel take over you then you’ll find that it is a marvellous piece of writing.Margaret is on a train from Scotland to London and she spends the rest of the novel (with some very brief chapters on the present) gathering all the events which brought her on this train. The main culprit – if I can say that – [...]


    • This novel is about a young woman who was raised by a single father to whom she was devoted. He's since died and, though deeply attached to her boyfriend, she also struggles with their intimacy. All of this is made more interesting (to me, at least), by the fact that they are working class people who live in Scotland.This isn't literally the first novel I've read by a Scottish author, but they've been few and far between, and the first thing I noticed about this novel is that Scotland is not Eng [...]


    • I'm not sure whether young Scottish authors are a little over represented in the list, or whether it's just skewed towards the kind of books I can find in a charity shop up here. Either way, A.L. Kennedy is one of the above. Looking for the possible dance is the story of Margaret, a university educated girl who returns home to Glasgow and tries to make her way in a world with few opportunities and a serious lack of privilege. Central to the story are the two men in her life, her father and her b [...]


    • A.L. Kennedy is considered one of the best young writers to come out of Scotland in some time. She made the Rough Guide's Cult Fiction list (for a different book, I think, So I Am Glad?). This is her first book; it was absolutely great! I was a little put off by the torture scene at the end - isn't a crucifixion a bit much, maybe even a cliche, a gimmick??! But I loved all the other details, especially Margaret's conversation w/ James on the train and the scene w/ the girl who walks through the [...]


    • Short but very readable book. Centred on Margaret, sometimes Maggie, youngish, Scottish, it illuminates various relationships that shape her life. Although much of the book is concerned with the relationship between Margaret and her boyfriend Colin it's the relationship she had with her late father that has shaped her and there are other great examples of interactions between co-workers, strangers on trains and so on.I enjoyed it very much, in a way it seemed to ramble on without a plot but seem [...]


    • I abandoned this after 150 pages, because I didn't want to waste my time on reading another hundred pages of banal dialogue between dull characters. Sample:"I understand you want some time to be on your own.""You can come round later.""I'll ring first.""Aye, okay. You do that.""You alright, baby?""I'm fine.I feel tired, somehow. But I'm fine. See you later."Oh, the depth, the intensity, the sparkling wit


    • I just couldn't bear the violence at the end, and as others said, it really jarred with the rest of the book, although there were ominous undertones all the way through.I also agree that some of the dialogue is bizarre and the characters a bit one-dimensional.Shame, because there were some interesting themes and some nice writing too.


    • I almost gave up on this, as I found the voices of the characters very contrived and unconvincing. But in the end it grew on me, and although some characters still didn't work, I did get into the overall atmosphere and the plot narrative. I'll try some more of hers - part of my plan to borrow books from the library and experiment a bit more with what I'm reading.


    • This novel read like the building of a house of cards, from several randomly-selected packs, the idea - the main aim - being just to pleasurably pass some time. The randomness I found slightly excessive. The ending, with everything crashed and needing massive effort to heal, pick up, pack up and start again, throat-achingly overwhelming.


    • I got a hold of some of Kennedy's short stories, and loved them, but the book was a bit lacking, and took some sharp changes in plot and directional tone that seemed to be either overly reactive or where two ideas had come together but not been joined quite properly.


    • Interested to see what A.L. Kennedy's first novel was like but unfortunately didn't get into it & didn't like it. Although an easy read it never seemed to take off and left me thinking "so what?". Disappointing holiday read.





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