Book Review: The Last Train to Glasgow

The Last Train to Glasgow by Phil Greenwood is a very interesting book, pleasant to read, full of simplicity and incisive plot of the journey of a man in transition from a bachelor to getting married that is certainly challenging, however prophetic is the most appropriate adjective for his pursuit with the story comes from a premonition and concludes with incontrovertible truth that the worst human limit is the imbecility and there is historical cycle that might solve it.

Owing to mounting fiscal crisis, political qualms along with global warming the industrial era comes to an end and in a lot of parts of the planet this is brutal with native populations regaining control of their territory. Yet, in the UK it is handled with a firm amount of control, with all power and fossil fuel provisions being switched off at 1 am on the 21st of June and in order for folks to get where they want to be ‘Last Trains’ depart London to arrive before midnight.

The book follows the fortunes of a man James Last up to a new found reality who should be on the Last Train to Truro and to be married the next day. The book goes off like a train ride to the final gasp, restoring a semblance of life in the man who will return to his weaknesses, as his brother in law to be gets him drunk and dumps him on the Last Train to Glasgow.

James wakes up, hung-over, in Scotland just as Shutdown takes place while just before the globe goes silent he manages to email his fiancée that he will make his way back to her. And now how will he do? The answer is right in this book, when the time of full bellies, the time of fat cows abandon James. He sets of South and finds that with no motorised transportation the going is going to be extremely hard-hitting.

The imagination of the author goes to the end, and that in the end prevail James optimism with the important thing is that the bloke participates in an active way, doing away with his fears and attaining his vision.

Taking a step back to find the purest voice and imperious poetic nature, and lunging forward with the force of a visionary imagination and together intensely realistic, the author amazes building an unpredictable novel with a story that scares, teaches and excites, but especially breathtaking for its relentless and heartfelt denunciation of a future that awaits James.

The author limited himself to tell the world of James with the colours and their shades in the description of his determination, and this book is just a beautiful relief and a reminder to ourselves, that even if we have taken the wrong road we can still attain our goals.

The book's success is due to the skill with which the adventurous element joined the technical-scientific interests arising from the progress of technology and aftermath the end of the industrial era, pushing ever further the limits of human experience. In this sense, the book comes close in some respects to the science fiction genre.

The book, however, devotes much attention to the characterization of the characters, which shows a clear idea of the English society with the social picture that emerges is very short, layered at the top, there's of course the gentleman James, which is the main engine of the events and the final winner in the name of order and will power. The other characters, however, are not less important with the success is the ability of all to work and collaborate in unison.

The author involves the reader in his narration as if you were listening to him sitting at a table after dinner, near a fire, with a glass of wine in hand and carries within each line in its mountains, its deliberately simple life, traditions, in constant conflict with the fast-paced society and town that characterizes today's world.


Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 278 ♥ Publisher: CreateSpace ♥ Published: November 2014 ♥ ISBN-13: 978-1500383435