I found this review helpful. Aug 30, Bottle off the plane from Edinburgh thanks mum! Tastes like a German lager. I would happily drink if it was the only thing around, but probably wouldn't purchase by choice again. Jun 3, Bottle pours clear golden with nice white head; retains very well. Aroma blond malty with something dry-spicy like cardemom root. Taste moderate sweet with a late mild bitterness.
Bit soft carbo. Rather nice blond beer. Navers Glasgow, Scotland. Feb 9, Pours clear golden, small and quickly disappearing head. Aroma is skunk, grainy, mild fermented fruits, mild banana and floral, sweet. Taste is metallic, lemon, sour, sweet, mild bitterness.
It's quite similar to lager. Dec 11, BeerVegard Norway. Oct 30, Pours clear golden with white head. A biscuity, malty and grainy aroma, slight citrus. Taste is sweet, malty, slight bitter hops. Not much else to describe. Bottle from brewery. Light amber colour, like lager.
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Lager aroma with hints of bittery hops. Jun 11, As Cairngorm Gold with the eagle on the front. Has an old school bitter taste with moderate hoppiness, finish is biscuity malts. Pretty good. RoJo28 Jul 27, Leighton 27, London, England. Mar 2, Bottle shared on the train. Thanks to Welsh Daniel! Pours clear goldbwith a foamy, white head.
The nose has some nice pale malts, hints of citrus, pale grains, dough. Light sweet flavourbwith hints of hay, white grapes, straw. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Finishes with …. Rate this beer. Spotted at. Similar beers. See more similar beers. Logo The most comprehensive ratings and reviews of beers from around the world.
Get the RateBeer app. Download on. App Store. Google Play Store. Comparisons to Trainspotting are, I think, fair -- though I haven't read more than a few extracts from Trainspotting. Dec 31, Carol Fenlon rated it really liked it Shelves: december This is a real shocker. Not for the fainthearted but beautiful beautiful writing. Some might struggle to get through the stream of consciousness style and I did feel a little overpowered by the language at times but I was so emotionally gripped by the characters and the plot that there was no way I was going to put it down.
If you are looking for romance and happy endings this is not the book for you, its a sharp hard dystopian vision of dispossessed Welsh youth, their lack of purpose set agains This is a real shocker. If you are looking for romance and happy endings this is not the book for you, its a sharp hard dystopian vision of dispossessed Welsh youth, their lack of purpose set against the backdrop of their ancient homeland.
I did feel that the English characters, the yuppy farm buyers and especially Ianto's childhood abuser were overly stereotyped and lacked depth but that didn't stop me avidly reading to the end. It's a long time since a book hauled me in like this and a long time since I was filled with such admiration for both style and content. Having discovered this one, I will certainly be looking out for Griffiths's other work. The last fifty pages of this were disturbing, to say the least.
Almost vomit inducing, but very well written nonetheless. What hampers Sheepshagger is Griffiths's highly meticulous, verbose and pretentious descriptions of the natural landscape. Reading this became a chore at some stages, and I suspected that the author might be trying too hard to impress, or was just a tad self-conscious.
It was very frustrating reading, and it wasn't uncommon for me to skip a few lines every now and then. Over The last fifty pages of this were disturbing, to say the least. Over the top, long-winded descriptions of the natural landscape that would make Wordsworth and Coleridge blush. But it's a brilliant story. And the dialogue, which is probably responsible for it getting all the Trainspotting comparison, is well written, even when it is impossible to discern who is speaking at times, or how many people are for that matter.
The narration switches from the group of lags debating the enigmatic Ianto, few of who will admit was once their friend, and what drove him to commit the horrific crimes he committed, then skilfully switches to italicised flashbacks to when Ianto was a child, and then, in turn, to longer passages of conventional story, with Ianto as the protagonist.
Well crafted and carefully structured. It's a very visceral, violent and disturbing book. Griffith pulls no punches with the violence, or with the descriptions. The former sickens, but is commendable, while the latter just frustrates. View 2 comments. This one brings out the Welsh in me. Sheepshagger is the derogatory English term for the Welsh. And, after reading this novel, I need to make sure I don't come into contact with any lads with plummy English accent or wearing All England t-shirts any time soon.
At the center of this story is Ianto and his rage at the loss of his home to the English tourists who continue to buy up the Welsh country side. But Ianto's homelessness at the hand of the English goes deeper for he has been make to feel l This one brings out the Welsh in me.
But Ianto's homelessness at the hand of the English goes deeper for he has been make to feel like an outsider in his own country since his childhood. As the novel progressing, you learn that his alienation from the land he loves, that he has a natural affinity with, has its origin in a traumatic childhood event that is directly traceable to an English cause. And, from the beginning, you know this is not going to turn out well.
The story is told through chapters that alternative between Ianto friends discussing the violent aftermath to a look at Ianto in various stages of childhood to a third person narrative of the immediate events lead up to the book's very violent conclusions. The dialogue is filled with Welsh vernacular and a little bit of Welsh, which ironically Ianto cannot even understand. But it is a memorable read. Apr 06, Priya rated it really liked it Recommends it for: my online friends, Liverpool fans after watching yet another underwhelming performance.
Welsh people running amok, with the help of jump cut scenes and cool dialects. The main guy shares his name with a character in Torchwood. Bloody miserable all around and yet very readable, especially if you're already feeling despondent and want a reason to feel worse. Highly recommended to be read with a glass of strong alcohol by your side and, ideally, on a hot summer day.
An Amazing novel about a boy Ianto who is robbed of his family and country left broken, alone and disturbed. A work of cruel beauty. Moments of brilliantly black humour are juxtaposed with scenes of extreme and grotesque horror. Jun 12, Gareth Mitchell rated it it was ok. Being both Welsh and a fan of this kind of fiction, I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did.
Droning descriptions of landscape were initially pleasant and pleasing to the minds eye but soon began to bog down the narrative somewhat.
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This combined with a, somewhat, predictable plot and scenes of graphic violence made for a read I couldn't quite put my finger on. A part of me can't help but feel this was done to a far better extent a few years prior by Irvine Welsh in Marabou Stork Ni Being both Welsh and a fan of this kind of fiction, I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. A part of me can't help but feel this was done to a far better extent a few years prior by Irvine Welsh in Marabou Stork Nightmares. The run-on sentences and sometimes-unusual syntax was difficult to contend with, particularly as the pace at which you have to read differs drastically from one section to the next.
Nonetheless, the writing is poetic and compelling, accompanied by a perfectly structured narrative. The type of book that once you finish, you realise how the plot points and order of information fit together effortlessly. As a warning though you do need a VERY strong stomach to get through this. A delightfully disconcerting novel. Oct 18, Brian Richards rated it really liked it. Shocking yet compelling read Jan 01, Fallon O'Connor rated it it was amazing. I'm not quite sure what I think of Griffiths' Sheepshagger although it was a great title to ask for when ordering at the local bookshop.
It's a down to earth, expletive-laden conversation between mates at a pub; a prose description of events, full of harsh human realities, in a literary, descriptive style; and a poetical, italics ode to nature and memory, that all builds up to the story of Ianto. A friend, a lost boy, a victim, a murderer.
The thickness of the the descriptive prose can be daun I'm not quite sure what I think of Griffiths' Sheepshagger although it was a great title to ask for when ordering at the local bookshop. The thickness of the the descriptive prose can be daunting at times and I had to get used to the rhythm of the Welsh dialect in the speech only pub scenes, but there's plenty of good twists and an intriguing plot.
Just it's hard to pin down my feelings towards it, perhaps because of the hopelessness and depression that permeates. Not something that I would have read without prompting, but a good one to broaden horizons. Dec 31, Paul Blakemore rated it liked it. Whilst I've no doubt that is a worthy literary book, I can't say I enjoyed it on any level. It's just too graphic, too bleak, too upsetting. It describes the utter depravity of man and the basic savagery of nature in a unsettling variety of styles: when it is not bring empirically precise about the hideous violence in the book, it is being fiercely poetic about the wilderness of the Welsh countryside.
And for me, the bizarre Romanticism that runs through the book seems slightly overwrought. The e Whilst I've no doubt that is a worthy literary book, I can't say I enjoyed it on any level. The events of the book work on a metaphorical level I think, and the main character has a sort of magnificent enigma about him, managing to be utterly compelling and yet utterly repulsive at the same time. But even with these qualities, it's not a book I would want to inflict on anyone - I honestly don't think I've been as viscerally upset by a book before and doubt I ever will.
Sep 22, Manab rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction. May come across as grotesque, visceral, too real. On top of coming across as all these, it felt poetic to me. A powerful prose, revealing, down-to-earth conversations, and an earth-shattering finale, despite the writer telling you for a hundred pages of its coming. There are some issues that bugged me, which may have been deliberate.
It's hard to keep track of what the writer is saying, one mom "Portrait of psychopathy embodied as a young man" I would recommend it to anyone with not-a-faint-heart. It's hard to keep track of what the writer is saying, one moment talking about Ianto descending down stairs, and next how a convict may have descended down the same stairs and seen the sea from there, as their last thing to see. I had to ask myself half the times, what's he talking about again? Brilliant book, though. I had a glimpse of this novel a couple of years ago on Introduction to Literature course at the Uni, and I finally managed to read the whole thing.
Definitely worth reading. This novel unfolds in three separate strands, that deal with the main character Ianto's childhood, the 'main events' of the novel, and his friends reminiscing later about it. What I like most is the stark contrast between pretty much everything, from the poetic details of the landscape and the profanity-filled ruminations of I I had a glimpse of this novel a couple of years ago on Introduction to Literature course at the Uni, and I finally managed to read the whole thing.
What I like most is the stark contrast between pretty much everything, from the poetic details of the landscape and the profanity-filled ruminations of Ianto's friends. It has some shock-value, and gore, but are there there just for the sake of it? Random trivia: count how many scenes are there were people are sober. There aren't many. Mar 31, Roger Boyle rated it it was amazing.
I hugely enjoyed this. To what extent I was coloured by recognising so many of the places he mentions, and perhaps rather more of the people than I would like to admit, is uncertain - perhaps the impartial reader would find it less enthralling. He captures wasted young years and behaviour very well - so much that you can begin to sympathise with their terrible behaviour.
I know why he I hugely enjoyed this. I know why he used this title, but I might have used another View 1 comment. Not sure what to make of this one. Lots of drink, drugs and violence all set in Wales against the backdrop of English yuppies buying up cottages. Boy, aren't you embarrassed to be English sometimes. Anyway, this one isn't gonna get featured at some white, poncey book group. If you like your literature a bit rough and your characters a bit twisted and down to earth Great descriptions of the Welsh landscape and weather.
Apr 24, Michael Jones rated it it was amazing. Poor little Ianto, like. This is right up there on my list of the best books I've read; it is dark - very, very dark. The sections of dialogue provide some good laughs and everything in between is Sobering stuff. I've already ordered Grits - can't wait.
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Nov 13, Janine Southard added it Shelves: gave-up , fiction. I'm on a Welsh literature kick right now, and I've adored Griffiths' short stories. But I had too much trouble with the format of this book.
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Chapter 1: All dialogue. Could be cool, but I can't figure out how many people are speaking. Chapter 2: Entirely in italics. Chapter 3: See chapter 1.
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Chapter 4: I gave up. Much sadness ensued. Not rated because it might be good if you can read it. Or it might not. I really have no clue. Nov 03, Yarb rated it liked it Shelves: read-but-unowned.
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