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Whatever happened to Alan Warner?,
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This review is from: The Deadman's Pedal (Hardcover)
I have been a great fan of Alan Warner's writing since Morvern Callar, his imaginings of the everyday and familiar were essential and vital and absolutely made "the Port" come alive. I was even impressed by "these worms can carry me to heaven", which was largely panned by reviewers but was clever and well-written and contained a driving plot. Things seem to have gone awry since then however, his recent part 2 to the Sopranos "stars in the bright sky" was awful (although i was prepared to give him another chance with this one), and this is not much better. Where his writing used to be ethereal and otherworldly in the descriptions of a Highland remoteness, it now just seems plain and not unlike a schoolboy's essay writing (as i type that it strikes me that this may be the point since the novel is partially from that perspective, but surely the other strands would be better written if that was the case?) and the plot is tedious and completely fails to generate any empathy for the characters whatsoever. And as for the sex scenes... the Bad Sex Award cant be long in being awarded to Warner, some of the worst writing about sex I've ever had the displeasure to read. I'm tempted to quote some but not sure it would be allowable on a review. All in all, very disappointing.