By Troy Patterson
June 01, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Glue

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In Welsh-world, you don’t say, ”I make a snack.” You say, ”Ah gits the heels ay breed n butters thum n hus maist ay muh tea stuck between them, smothered in broon sauce.” When the author of Trainspotting is on his game, reading his transliterations of lower-class Scottish dialect is a lovely sink into rude music. When he’s not, it’s a long slog through muck. Here, we wade through the minds of four toughs from Edinburgh, checking in once a decade on their latest adventures in hooliganism, copulation, and sensory derangement. There are patches of tenderness — the heart-fluttering flow of teenage days, the wrenching regrets of negligent dads — but Glue never coheres into the epic tale Welsh seems to be aiming for.

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