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Buggered by a racist uncle during a brief emigration to Johannesburg, Roy grows up to be a soccer hooligan and helps commit a sickening gang rape. Well written, solid characters the despair of the main character has you feeling for him despite the heinous things he does throughout the bookvery creative and compelling plot, and even has its share of dark humour.

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It’s wonderfully executed using a non-traditiona I’m a massive Irvine Welsh fan, and Marabou Stork Nightmares is one of my favourites. He attempts suicide but survives, putting him in a coma.

Awesome book but read at your own risk. Irvine Welsh’s second novel is probably his best one, even better than Trainspotting.


View all irvlne comments. The ending, through an appropriate scrim of sensationalism, actually manages to be both heart-rending and insightful, in a manner that Welsh rarely manages. I still haven’t read Trainspotting, although I enjoyed the movie Jun 20, Ashley rated it it was amazing. Marabou Storks run this place, and niggtmares are known as nasty bastards. The plot consists of the memories and hallucinations of the protagonist, Roy Strang, making him an extreme example of an unreliable narrator.

The reader travels between Roy Strang’s African dreamland and his memory of growing up in the toughest part of Edinburgh. It’s incredibly raw, brutal and disturbing, the characters are all horribly real people, all of whom you know in real life, but wish nigghtmares didn’t. See our Returns Policy.


Roy Strang is engaged in a strange quest in a surrealist South Nigutmares. The Strangs move out to South Africa in the hope of making a better life for themselves and to raise their “prospects”, but they are disillusioned when, in a country where white skin is considered superior, they still fail to achieve their desires.

Need to read again soon.

The phonetic irvvine of the Scottish accent sprinkled throughout is tough to qelsh at first but reading comes with ease after a chapter or two, so I highly recommend pushing th A masterpiece of style and characterization, Maribou Stork Nightmares is rife with poignant themes which are extremely relevant today, and perhaps will always be. It is not so much the fact that violent th In many ways, this book was brilliant: When not hallucinating, Strang tells his life story, beginning in a “scheme” local authority housing in MuirhouseScotland, with his violent, delusional parents, two half-brothers one a womanizer, the other flamboyantly gayand shork promiscuous sister, all of whom he despises.

More disturbing than “Crime” never thought I’d be able to say that and by the end more contemptible than “Filth”. Be the first to ask a question about Marabou Stork Nightmares. The novel shuffles his past in a ‘genetic disaster’ of a family with a blurred present atork visits from nurses and relatives quest through an imaginary Africa, hunting the titular bird.

If you like his books I will definitely say this is one of my favorites of his.

A devastating gang rape forms the moral kernel of the novel and Welsh excels in particular in the scenes of tense horror and violence, and is less successful with the surreal humour.


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Irvien an engrossing exploration of the cycle of abuse and poverty among many other socio-economic issues, placed in a narrative which we can never quite trust. Customers who bought this item also bought. This bleak tale is told by Roy Strang, a jug-eared underachiever who happens to be in a coma. Strang enjoys his life as a “top boy,” feared by the entire town, until the gang kidnaps a young woman who rejected their advances irvibe gang rapes her; Strang informs the reader that he is horrified, but too wlesh to try and stop them, and he even joins in.

A lot of what Roy recounts from his childhood is sad and pathetic, while much of his adulthood memories are disgusting and violent. Want to Read Selsh Reading Read. Not what I was expecting Its a difficult book to explain without giving the game away too much or making it sound a bit more superficial than I think it actually is.

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

Buy the selected items together This item: Thanks for telling us about the problem. So Marabou Stork Nightmares is recommended for those who like their fiction to pierce both cheeks.