Editions. Marabou Stork Nightmares . Related articles. /content/dam/prh/articles /archive/Irvine Podcasts. Irvine Welsh Special. When the narrator’s polished account of a surreal African safari suddenly gives way to an Edinburgh soccer thug’s obscenity-laced vernacular, it’s clear that. Marabou Stork Nightmares [Irvine Welsh] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. For anyone who gets high on language, this book is a fantastic.

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If you’re a fan of Welsh’s work, you know what you’re getting yourself into. Gradually, you re My first time through this book I thought Irvine Welsh had nightmaress reinvented himself. Would you like to see more reviews about this item? It’s gripping, all the way through; and, like any of his books, the lack of a sympathetic protagonist stops being an issue once you are ensconced in the tale.

It’s told from the perspective of Roy Strang – a man in a coma, and flits between his hallucinations of a sstork in South Africa hunting Marabou Storks, what’s happening around him in hospital, and his memories of his life. Equally though, there is a skill in being able to show it all, and not come off reading like a hack. If you enjoyed Filth then the likelihood is that you’ll enjoy this also. But it is a strong novel and gives an unsettling glimpse of a world I’d rather not be too acquainted with: This book is about redemption as I see it but it’s a dark and twisted tail on the journey many of us take by following the crowd instead inghtmares blazing a trail.

It left me feeling very disturbed and distressed. One person found this helpful. Turns out that Irvine Welsh is not a one-trick pony, he’s a one and a half trick pony.


The 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. If you sometimes like a book that makes you want Irvine Welsh is sometimes hard for me to read; his characters are the kind of people you know exist in the world, but you wish they didn’t. The people have a point, of course. Go out and grab a copy of it so you can read it. Marabou Storks run this place, and they are known as nasty bastards.

Marabou Stork Nightmares by Irvine Welsh

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Awesome book but read at your own risk. My first time through this book I thought Irvine Welsh had completely reinvented himself.

What’s this one, ‘spring surprise’? A nightmare in itself, reflecting the most savage aspects of humanity, Maribou Stork Nightmares is a must read. On one level, this is a novel about the cycle of abuse. Roy’s safari dreams mimic the macho but homoerotic yarns of John Buchan, one of the Scots who ran British imperialism.

Gradually, you realize that the African element of the novel is the least important to informing the characters in this book.

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Views Read Edit View history. 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.

And would undoubtedly recommend. The gang evades prison, but Strang is stricken with guilt and withdraws completely into depression.

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Strang grows into a violent, misogynistic thug. I think my own books are probably mostly influenced by King and Koontz in a non-horror waybut if ever I need to justify the dialect in Boys of Summer or the graphic nature in Girl AfraidI turn to Irvine or to Chuck.


He maintains a full-time job in as a systems analyst for the fictional investment group, ‘Scottish Spinsters’ a reference to Scottish Widows. Three Tales of Chemical Romance.

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Solid book from a solid writer. Irvine Welsh was the literary hero among my generation of working-class Central Belt Scots for his graphic novels set in Edinburgh sink estates, riddled with sex, drugs, violence, and written in dextrously rendered phonetic dialect. Norton Company first published A masterpiece of style and characterization, Maribou Stork Nighfmares is rife with poignant themes which are extremely relevant today, and perhaps will always be.

Marabou Stork Welhs display Welsh’s themes at their best: Do you like to be put through an emotional wringer? It shows how dense and in a world of my own I had been eighteen months before, because I had been almost as excited that we were stopping off in London as I was that we were on our way to Johannesburg.

Weelsh everyone can read an Irvine Welsh book.

There’s no justification, it just is. Jonathan Cape UK W. Sep 22, Nate D rated it really liked it Shelves: Roy Strang’s in a coma and he doesn’t want to come out of it which begs the question “what’s the cunt hiding from?