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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is the first novel I have read by Irvine Welsh. It was intense, gripping, dynamic, disturbing, and so much more. I really liked the multi-layer effect of this book. Once you are 2/3 of the way through, you will be needing a good scream. Phenomenal. Definitely going to read more Welsh asap.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Was Welsh A One-Shot Wonder?
With the publication of his second book, "Marabou Stork Nightmares," the balance tilts pretty strongly towards YES. Where "Trainspotting" was a mad rush of invention and queasy power, "Nightmares" is all too obviously contrived.
Most authors these days seem to be slipping into the trap of using their material as some kind of chic...
Published on Aug. 29 2001

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4.0 out of 5 stars Welsh wants to remove romance from reader-author relationship, April 15 1997
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Nightmares are what all the most compelling books are made of, Marabou Stork is no exception. Welsh's genius is in creating a book which gives you no alternative than to read until you've finished without resorting to formula plots or trite tales. In fact, it's the apparent laziness of style which I like most - the text is rough hewn, there are lots of places where is could have been polished but wasn't. His acknowledgements thank people 'without whom the book would have been even worse'! This is his chief anarchy, he doesn't pander to the reader, maybe he doesn't even care about the reader. It's either a very modern novel or a very current scam. F(*&#$@%g radge though, likesay
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Stork" ranks high up with Welsh's "Trainspotting.", April 1 1997
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Now, surethey don't tell you exactly what's going on until the very end but this peice of fiction is just as gripping as "Trainspotting." Welsh has obviously grown as a writer since that landmark novel, in "Stork" he spins a tighter web than "Trainspotting," and doesn't rely on as many vignettes as that novel. "Stork's" star, Roy Strang, is a basturd but Welsh almost tricks us into enjoying the man and his deviancy. With "Stork," Welsh taps us on the soldier and tells us we're sick for sypathizing with Strang but at that point it's too late to stop
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Marabou Stork Nightmares
Marabou Stork Nightmares by Irvine Welsh (Paperback - April 30 1996)
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