Southpaw

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Southpaw by Dennis Sweeney

Dennis Sweeney’s novel “Southpaw” was released in January to critical acclaim and has become something of a cult underground classic.

Two common complaints of literary reviewers when considering the work of Sweeney are that he is read by people who don’t normally read and that their author has a negative view of literature (he prefers the title ‘cultural activist’ to ‘writer’). If either of these claims is true, then they perhaps deserve more credit than lofty condemnation. If Sweeney really is managing to engage a culturally illiterate audience that has traditionally remained beyond the influence of the bourgeois novel then this is a form of ‘cultural activism’ most other ‘writers’ of his generation seem to have turned their backs on.

Southpaw is a rich and deeply compelling novel which time and time again brings the reader face to face with the nature of the human condition. Here, exposed for all to read, are human beings caught in their moments of extremity.

This is not a sober, contemplative book, such as we look for when we take down a volume of Tolstoy. Nor will this story provide an answer to those essential questions about humanity – about life or death –  that have preoccupied the human race for so many millennia. Here is no easy blueprint for surviving the cold truths of universal entropy – no quick guide to deliverance from the darkness that surrounds our fragile and momentary existence on this planet.

But what you will find here is a heart wrenching story that will assist you as you grapple with those inexplicable forces of darkness, as you confront destruction, debilitation, misdirection, inappropriateness and plain fucking bad luck.

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Amazon Book Description of Southpaw

A young Scottish boxer breaks away from the shackles of his environment only to find himself mixed up with heroin smuggling in Asia. A story of violence, prison, fear and desperation, which leads to inner reflection and finally redemption. Fear and loathing in a drug induced stupor with a helter skelter ride from hell and back, this book will change the face of British fiction.

Southpaw is one of the most insightful novels I have ever read. This young mans journey is a dark scary look at life in the underbelly of society. His use of dialect, patios, argot and vernacular entwine the reader in a dizzy eloquent spell of literary legerdemain. Lulling us into the life of a protagonist who stumbles from saint to sinner as he embarks on a terrifying odyssey of self discovery. A ghetto Einstein with who is forced to come to terms with a lifetime behind bars in a Bangkok hell hole. This deep profound study of the human condition encompasses the teachings of the greatest spiritual leaders, and forces us to look deep inside our own inner being and search for answers that have haunted mankind since the beginning of time. Who are we…and why are we here?

Southpaw is a rich and deeply compelling novel which time and time again brings the reader face to face with the nature of the human condition. Here, exposed for all to read, are human beings caught in their moments of extremity. This is not a sober, contemplative book, such as we look for when we take down a volume of Tolstoy. Nor will this story provide an answer to those essential questions about humanity – about life or death – that have preoccupied the human race for so many millennia. Here is no easy blueprint for surviving the cold truths of universal entropy – no quick guide to deliverance from the darkness that surrounds our fragile and momentary existence on this planet. But what you will find here is a heart wrenching story that will assist you as you grapple with those inexplicable forces of darkness, as you confront destruction, debilitation, misdirection, inappropriateness and plain fucking bad luck.

Amazon Book Reviews of Southpaw

Touched.
By Anika on August 19, 2014

Laughed a lot, wept sometimes and felt truly touched. Couldn’t put it down until the last page and am already experiencing heavy withdrawal symptoms.

Roll With The Punches.
By Claire Johnston on May 27, 2014

This is a fast-paced and punchy (figuratively and literally) story of one man’s extraordinary journey: coming from a Scottish family of renowned boxers and travelling across the world to Asia where he embraces a self-destructive underworld existence of crime, prostitution, drug addiction and smuggling. His travels on this cautionary tale take him from Dundee to London, Hong Kong, Korea (but hardly counts as almost immediately deported), Taiwan, Japan and Thailand.  Wherever Dennis goes and in whatever situation he finds himself, the reader is able to connect with the character’s predicament through his authentic use of dialect, keen observations and unfailing humour despite often truly dire circumstances.  Southpaw is the stance taken by a left-handed boxer – a mirror-image of the orthodox stance of a right-handed fighter. Perhaps this represents the central character’s life-long dilemma: despite an increasing search for a more peaceful and satisfying inner life he can’t resist his natural urge to be different and rage against the norm. A worthwhile, exciting and amusing read.

A Tale Of Two Journeys.
By J M Leitch on May 24, 2014

If you enjoy a realistic, down and dirty, straightforward style of story-telling, Southpaw will not disappoint. Dennis Sweeney’s hard-hitting, no-frills, ‘tell it how it is’ novel consists of a series of ribald, blokey tales underpinned by the protagonist’s (also named Dennis Sweeney) physical and spiritual journeys. It kicks off with pub fights in Dundee, Scotland and boxing bouts in London, moves on to Hong Kong where Dennis smuggles goods into Korea and gold into Taiwan, then to Tokyo where he supports his drug addiction by smuggling smack out of Thailand, and ends with 37½ years’ imprisonment in a filthy gaol in Bangkok, where his second journey… the inner-journey… unfolds. Cracking on at a furious pace this book is packed with unbelievable adventures undertaken by believable characters and is punctuated by Mr Sweeney’s own brand of irreverent humour. It will keep you wanting more and questioning whether it is based more on truth than fiction. Southpaw is no piece of literary fiction – it is brutal and raw – but in its genre it well deserves 5 stars.

A Great Tale!
By Xavier on May 22, 2014

I thought the book was very well written. It kept me in suspense, broke my heart, and made me laugh exactly when it needed to. I would personally recommend it to everyone I know.

From Desperation To Inner Peace.
By M. Khorramshahi on May 22, 2014

A gritty, shocking, harrowing read. Moving and insightful, a definate page turner – I loved it. This writer does not pull his punches.