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Buggered by a racist uncle during a brief emigration to Johannesburg, Roy grows up to be a marabo hooligan and helps commit a sickening gang rape. Lacks the glorious sprawl of Trainspottingwhich directly preceded it, opting instead for what may be Welsh’s most tightly-coiled plotting to date.

I thought of London as somewhere just as distant and exotic; I had been suprised on the outward journey that welsj arrived there so quickly.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is the sort of lethally funny cocktail of pathos, violence, and outrageous hilarity that only Irvine Welsh can pull off.

I guess the reputation of Irvine Welsh should have warned me! Get to Know Us. When I finished it, I just sort of sat there, staring blankly ahead of me, my mind racing with what had just been revealed. Published January 17th by W. The kind of book that gives you a funny feeling in the pit of your stomach while you’re reading it.

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Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. However his problems start when he devises a brutal form of revenge on the snobbiest girl at school. It’s a skill Welsh has, and I envy it. 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. The reader travels between Roy Strang’s African dreamland and his memory of growing up in the toughest part of Edinburgh.


Welsh at his deepest darkest best – without doubt one of the finest authors of his generation. The book’s narrative is split into two styles: While not as good as the aforementioned masterpiece, the tone is similar and there is enough of Welsh’s trademark, dark wit and intelligence to make this an entertaining read.

He briefly revives a few months later when he meets a woman and genuinely feels love for the first time. The family relocates to apartheid-era South Africa when he is an adolescent, where he is repeatedly molested by his uncle.

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Trivia About Marabou Stork Nig May 04, Jfed55 rated it liked it. As Roy is growing up he encounters the usual trials, bullying, going out with girls, doing drugs etc. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Don’t have a Kindle? Nightmwres acclaimed author of the cult classics Trainspotting and The Acid HouseIrvine Welsh has been hailed as “the best thing that has happened to British writing in a decade” London Sunday Times. In his final moments, Strang realizes that the only person he has ever really hated is himself, and makes peace with everyone he has wronged and who has wronged him.

If you’re a fan of Welsh’s work, you know what you’re getting yourself into. And you’ll probably love my books too. Memories that led to desperation even in someone as callous as Roy. It’s incredibly raw, brutal and disturbing, the characters are all horribly real people, all of whom you know in real life, but wish you didn’t.

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Topics Culture The Observer. Strang grows into a violent, misogynistic thug.


nigthmares Written from the perspective of man in a coma who can transgress through three levels of consciousness, alternating between a fantasy life, regression of memories acting as a building narrative to how his current state came to be, and a level of alertness just below being awake. If you sometimes like a nigtmares that makes you want to scream and laugh at the same time, you might like these.

A lot of what Roy recounts from his childhood is sad and pathetic, while much of his adulthood memories are disgusting and violent. Like many of Welsh’s novels, it is written in Edinburgh Scots dialect.

What’s this one, ‘spring surprise’? She tells him that she has been murdering her rapists one by one, and now she has come for him, revealing that he was by far ievine most brutal and that he has been trying to convince himself and the audience the reader of his moral cleanliness compared that of those around him. It’s that sort of book.

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Along with Glue it’s the books of nightares that show him to be a really great writer who has much more up his sleeve than just drugs and violence although he writes about these things so well, that it’s not a bad thing when I say that. I have only come across Irvine Welsh watching Trainspotting the movie when it first came out and was highly impressed.

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