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I won’t say the nightmares are the best part because that would be misleading and also advocates a simplistic relationship with this book. It is peppered with stylistic idiosyncrasies.

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Many different mature themes are discussed, such as the drinking of alcohol, taking of illegal drugs, physical violence, rape If you can handle disturbing writing murder, rape, mental illness, drug use, etc then this book may be right for you.

Around the same time he begins to take ecstasyand weslh befriends his gay half-brother. He attempts suicide but survives, putting him in a coma.

Goodreads helps you keep track of night,ares you want to read. Three Tales of Chemical Romance. The plot nightmaress of the memories and hallucinations of the protagonist, Roy Strang, making him an extreme example of an unreliable narrator. Even the storks retain a power to surprise. I get that, but it’s a chance I have to take.

The official website of Irvine Welsh, an acclaimed and often controversial writer of novels, stories and stage and srork. And not in the way you like Alex I realize I haven’t read Trainspotting, or even a great deal of Irvine Welsh’s work, but let me go out on a limb here and say that this is my favorite. When I finished it, I just sort of sat there, staring blankly ahead of me, my mind racing with what had just been revealed.

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I had to re read the ending a few times to let it soak in. Vintage; New Ed edition 29 Feb. Finding the right form for all this incendiary talent might prove trickier. Difficult subject matter, or gore, has never really bothered me in a book, but I know of people who have stopped reading halfway through, or even binned the book, because of the awful things that go on inside it. It’s told from the perspective of Roy Nifhtmares – a man in a coma, and flits between his hallucinations of stori life in South Africa hunting Marabou Storks, what’s happening around him in hospital, and his memories of his life.


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Modern Scottish literature at its finest Turns out that Irvine Welsh is not a one-trick pony, he’s a one and a half trick pony. Norton Company first published Topics Culture The Observer. Probably most famous for his gritty depiction of a gang of Scottish Heroin addicts, TrainspottingWelsh focuses on the darker side of human nature and drug use. But they are fantastic. Do I like the book? Early Welsh could do no wrong and with this book the scene shifts from the present day, Roy’s disturbing past spoiler: No trivia or quizzes yet.

Irvine Welsh is also known for writing in his native Edinburgh Scots dialect, making his prose challenging for the average reader unfamiliar with this style. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. And you’ll probably love my books too.

When his father is jailed for the violent assault of a taxi driver, the Strangs are forced to return to Scotland, a mere 18 months after they left. There’s a feminist slant to this novel, which I liked as well.

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The story is told backwards, and there nightares a creeping sensation that the narrator’s recollection of events might be opinion-based rather than fact.

Well written, solid characters the despair of the main character has you feeling for him despite the heinous things he does throughout the bookvery creative and compelling plot, and even has its share of dark humour. This is a dark and pretty disturbing book. The people have a point, of course. What’s Turns out that Irvine Welsh is not a one-trick pony, he’s a one and a half trick pony. I had read some of his stuff before and seen the movies based on his books, this book is unlike anything I’ve read before.


A Penguin Random House Company. Roy Strang’s in a coma and he doesn’t want to come out of it which begs the question “what’s the irvien hiding from? Roy Strang narrates the book from an at first unexplained coma, which he has been in for the previous two years. Aug 26, Carlos Panhoca Da silva rated it it was amazing.

In many ways, this book was brilliant: Returning though, I saw London for what it was: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Apr 17, Allan rated it it was amazing.

If you’re a fan of Welsh’s work, you know what you’re getting yourself into. The ending, through an appropriate scrim of sensationalism, actually manages to be both heart-rending and insightful, in a manner that Welsh rarely manages. I have only come across Irvine Welsh watching Maarabou the movie when it first came out and was highly impressed. He’s flitting between levels of consciousness, seemingly irvie will, to avoid what’s going on around him but also to avoid the depths of his psyche which takes the form of an African adventure in search of the Marabou Stork.

As one world crashes into the other, this potentially charming ivrine of ornithological goodwill mutates into a filthy tale of violence, abuse and redemption. Strang enjoys his life as a “top boy,” feared by the entire town, until the gang kidnaps a young woman who rejected nigntmares advances and gang rapes her; Strang informs the reader that he is horrified, but too intimidated to try and stop them, and he even joins in.

Rape, torture, incest, animal torture, sexual abuse, physical abuse, meaningless sex–it’s all in here.

If you like his books I will definitely say this is one of my favorites of his. Dec 30, Aaron Wilkinson rated it it was amazing.