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Nasty but Good
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.