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Marabou Stork Nightmares (1995)

– tekijä: Irvine Welsh

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Roy Strang is engaged in a strange quest in a surrealist South Africa. His mission is to eradicate an evil predator-scavenger bird, the marabou stork, before it drives away the peace-loving flamingo from the picturesque Lake Torto. But behind this world lies another- the world of Roy's bizarre family, the Scottish housing scheme in which he grew up, his mundane job, a disastrous emigration to Africa, and his youthful life of brutality with a gang of soccer casuals. As one world crashes into the other, this potentially charming story of ornithological goodwill mutates into a filthy tale of violence, abuse and redemption.… (lisätietoja)
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Irvine Welsh is apparently brilliant at writing some seriously mind-tripping novels. I noticed that a lot of people rated this poorly after getting to the particularly gruesome sections of the book, but that doesn't do the story justice. I found myself weaving back and forth between feeling utter disgust towards the narrator as well as a confusing sense of sympathy. The narration eventually ties together at the end so things begin to come together as to what has truly happened, but the flashbacks Welsh uses also create an interesting picture of what causes human behavior. I promise, there really is a point to all the sick and twisted violence and it's definitely worth reading all the way through! ( )
  PagesandPints | Sep 1, 2016 |
Possibly one of my favourite ever book titles, and truly nightmarish too. Narrated by a man in a coma, it starts out as a trip through South Africa on the trail of the eponymous stork, but it quickly becomes clear that this is nothing more than an imaginary smokescreen to obscure the real story of squalid violence that led to him being in a coma in the first place. In this regard you get the picture quite quickly, but it's not until the end that the full picture emerges, and as one might expect from this author, it's brutal and shocking. Not one I'll be able to get out of my head in a hurry. ( )
  jayne_charles | Mar 2, 2015 |
I'm becoming quite the fan of Mr. Welsh. His prose just continues to slam into, daring you to put the book down. ( )
  hhornblower | Sep 6, 2014 |
If you can accept violence and other off-putting contents of a book and want to enjoy a novel that’s compulsively readable, this is it! If you’ve never before heard of Irvine Welsh, he is the Scottish author who is best know for his novel Trainspotting which was subsequently made into a movie. Start with that book and make yourself familiar with the Scottish dialect he uses in it before beginning to read Marabou Stork Nightmares. Use an online glossary, if necessary, to help understand the Scottish vocabulary.

Your next step should be to read this book which is incredibly imaginative. It’s the story of one Scottish lad and his family who live in the projects of Edinburgh, move to Johannesburg, South Africa, but end up returning to Scotland. As the story opens, Roy Strang lays in a coma in a hospital. We follow his story on three levels: as he becomes aware of his current environment, as he remembers his past, and as he forces himself into a deeper state of consciousness in which he and a pal are hunting a Marabou Stork.

Oddly, what brought me to reading this book in the first place was a challenge to read a book with the name of a bird in its title! When I looked up that marabou stork, I found one truly ugly bird and wanted to learn more about it, albeit in the form of a novel. What I found was a truly captivating story of an Edinburgh family, a brilliant piece of fiction that I could not put down. Granted that some of the contents of this book (sex, violence, animal abuse) may be off-putting to a few readers, however I was really taken up by the voice of the narrator. The compelling nature of this story reinforced my need to read more books by this author. ( )
8 ääni SqueakyChu | May 6, 2011 |
By the time I was half way through "Marabou Stork Nightmares" I was loving it. Roy's African fantasy is so interesting, especially the way it keeps slipping out of his control, with the increasing frequency of homoerotic moments that he tries to suppress. I spotted the Famous Five influence immediately, in the outdated slang he and Sandy use, and the obsession with picnics and typically English food.

Once I'd finished it, I was even more impressed. Roy's fantasies are an escape from his real life, and as the book progresses you learn more about his life and realise why he is so loathe to wake up from his coma. But he gradually loses control of his fantasy as his inner demons break through, just as he had lost control of his life.

Bookcrossing definitely got me to read a wider range of books than I used to before I joined. I didn't expect to like Marabou Stork Nightmares at all. ( )
  isabelx | Feb 26, 2011 |
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Roy Strang is engaged in a strange quest in a surrealist South Africa. His mission is to eradicate an evil predator-scavenger bird, the marabou stork, before it drives away the peace-loving flamingo from the picturesque Lake Torto. But behind this world lies another- the world of Roy's bizarre family, the Scottish housing scheme in which he grew up, his mundane job, a disastrous emigration to Africa, and his youthful life of brutality with a gang of soccer casuals. As one world crashes into the other, this potentially charming story of ornithological goodwill mutates into a filthy tale of violence, abuse and redemption.

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