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Marabou Stork Nightmares
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on 15 June 2010
Summary: Lots of violence (sexual and non-sexual) including a horrendous crime narrated by a patient in ITU (Ray Strang) who is in and out of coma. It goes in between current stage of awareness of Ray in ITU, to the deeper subconscious stage (hunting for Marabou stork) and what happens in reality and how it all end it where it is. Very engaging and very thought provoking and very "visual"

I don't know whether I can rate this book 1 star of 5 stars. It's hard to decide. It's not a good read as one might put it. It is a horrible nasty book. It's not nasty because it is just a bad book, it's nasty because of the story it prevails. I have only come across Irvine Welsh watching Trainspotting the movie when it first came out and was highly impressed. Do I like the book? No but it is a book I would definitely read. And would undoubtedly recommend. It is not for all without a doubt. I personally quite like his way of writing and in a strange way it reminded me of Clockwork Orange. It's not for entertainment value. It left me feeling very disturbed and distressed. But credit to Welsh, he had got that across well to his audience. Definitely not for the faint-hearted. Like it or not, sometimes social truth hurts. There's no justification, it just is. Reading this makes me glad to think I am never one of them.
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on 29 June 2015
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. Shocking. Brutal. Harrowing. All what I expert from the author. A bit too short and over too quickly for me. A must read.
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on 29 June 2014
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. I couldn't put it down. The dreamlike style of his writing is so brutal and the main character is someone you find yourself rooting for more as the story unfolds, even if you find him repulsive, you end up pitying him in a heartbreaking way. I had to re read the ending a few times to let it soak in.
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on 27 June 2014
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 of blazing a trail. It is shocking in parts but also has parts that could lead a way to get out and away from the pack.
Not at all what I expected. Good stuff
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on 11 March 2014
If you enjoyed Filth then the likelihood is that you'll enjoy this also. 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.
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on 13 July 2015
As Irvine Welsh proves he can write any style. This novel while bleak in parts moves through styles and interlinks two stories into one plot-line - great as always Mr Welsh
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on 17 December 2012
Welsh at his deepest darkest best - without doubt one of the finest authors of his generation. His visceral warts and all descriptives interspersed with ironic humour never fails.

If you have not read his books then you really need to start. " Filth " is quite simply the best book I have ever read with Maribou Stork Nightmares coming a very close second. Once you have learned to read in the Edinburgh vanacular you will be well away
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on 20 August 2014
Another good offering from Irvine Welsh, focusing on the effects of drugs on a group of individuals in his beloved Edinburgh.
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on 18 August 2016
GREAT
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on 22 December 2014
Welsh at his brilliant best. A shocking tale of the life of Roy Strang and his crazy family.Recommended for all Irvine Welsh fans.
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