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Et R Stornoway drink addled misfit inhabitant of the Hebridean Isle of Lewis and meandering man fighting to break free of an island he just can’t seem to let go. Wow This was brutal It beats you about the head as punishing and relentless as the Leodhasach weather Despite the abuse you stick with it for the vulnerable moments and the downright hilarious ones And as with all fiction for the moments where you see aspects of your own life or personality reflected right back at you as though the page was a mirrorSo the scene in the Pear Tree in Edinburgh brought back nice memories R Stornoway s frank admissions of drinking to obliteration point some not so nice memories or rather non memories Most spooky of all though was the passage about indulging in you own self pity while listening to Counting Crows as I ve just written a blog entry on precisely the same subject Weird The New-York Review, and Atheneum Magazine, Vol. 2 punishing and relentless as the Leodhasach weather Despite the abuse you stick with it for the vulnerable moments and the downright hilarious ones And as with all fiction for the moments where you see aspects of your own life or His Christmas Cowgirl (Wildflower Ranch page was a mirrorSo the scene in the Pear Tree in Edinburgh brought back nice memories R Stornoway s frank admissions of drinking to obliteration The Doctors Dating Bargain point some not so nice memories or rather non memories Most spooky of all though was the The Collection passage about indulging in you own self Whispers of Feathers pity while listening to Counting Crows as I ve just written a blog entry on

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‘Fuck everyone from Holden Caulfield to Bridget Jones fuck all the American and English phoney fictions that claim to speak for us; they don’t know the likes o. An antidote to the coming of age novel this unflinching portrait of a chronic cock up artist R Stornoway or arse torn away returning to the titular town on the Isle of Lewis Outer Hebrides is a witty whisky sodden novel told in various episodic chapters with hilarious spurious Gaelic or Stornowegian terms of the author s invention in footnotes The novel s tone switches from drunken childhood nostalgia to tortured self examination with skill keeping the reader on side with strong LOLs and smart observations and in spite of the uestionable framing device used makes for an acidic and compassionate read And Michael Palin toots the novel on the back cover Is Michael Palin ever wrong Building Organizational Intelligence phoney fictions that claim to speak for us; they don’t know the likes o. An antidote to the coming of age novel this unflinching All You Need Is Less portrait of a chronic cock up artist R Stornoway or arse torn away returning to the titular town on the Isle of Lewis Outer Hebrides is a witty whisky sodden novel told in various episodic chapters with hilarious spurious Gaelic or Stornowegian terms of the author s invention in footnotes The novel s tone switches from drunken childhood nostalgia to tortured self examination with skill keeping the reader on side with strong LOLs and smart observations and in spite of the uestionable framing device used makes for an acidic and compassionate read And Michael Palin toots the novel on the back cover Is Michael Palin ever wrong

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F us exist and they never did We are who we are because we grew up the Stornoway way We do not live in the back of beyond we live in the very heart of beyond ’Me. My bookcrossing reviewI really enjoyed this book It was a very Scottish story dealing with alcoholism and subconscious self destruction although this book really only looked at the way his soul was destroyed by alcohol abuse whereas another Scottish writer AL Kennedy will scare you with the full story very depressing it is too Music played a role too him mentioning CDs he was listening to and groups he liked which reminded me a bit of Alan Warner most famous for Morvern Callar although I prefer his book These Demented Lands MacNeil s style of writting is really imaginative and keeps you hooked perhaps not as crazy as Warner s but certainly down the same roadExperiencing Scottish life or at least one side to it was interesting I ve never been up to Lewis although I would love to go there one day The footnotes about curious words in Gaelic just to show us how deep the language really is and the use of the language with the odd word here and there in the text was fun Reminded me how I d like to learn Gaelic one day although I doubt it will be something I will ever get around to doingThis idea that the alcohol abuse is down to the errosion of tradition and identity was interesting Did he mention aborigines somewhere in the book I remember reading an article somewhere about an island off Australia where the rates of alcohol abuse and suicide are soaring in the aboriginal community because there is nothing else for them to do as if they can t survive in the modern world Maybe some connection back to the demise of Gaelic I know over 100 years ago little kids have the language beaten out of them at school if they spoke it instead of English It s a real shameOther Scottish books for the curiousAlan Warner Morvern Callar These Demented Lands mad writing alcohol depression eccentricityA L Kennedy Paradise although there are other books particularly scary tale of what happens to you if you drink too muchIain Grant Small Town Antichrist Burocracy is the road to Hell literallyIain Banks The Wasp Factory very twisted dark little book about isolated Scottish people


10 thoughts on “The Stornoway Way

  1. says:

    I wish I could give this a raving review but alas I cannot It started off nice enough with a snappy 'I'm gonna tell it like it is' feel and a lot of Scottish Gaelic footnotes As I read I felt a lack of narrative momentum and instead felt dis

  2. says:

    An antidote to the coming of age novel this unflinching portrait of a chronic cock up artist R Stornoway or “arse torn away” returning to the titular town on the Isle of Lewis Outer Hebrides is a witty whisky sodden novel told in various episodic chapters with hilarious spurious Gaelic or Stornowegian terms of the author’s invention in footnotes The novel’s tone switches from drunken childhood nostal

  3. says:

    Every time I read this in public people stared at me for laughing out loud I think I actually fell in love with R

  4. says:

    very good until the last fifty pages when a teenager appears to takeover writing duties

  5. says:

    My bookcrossing reviewI really enjoyed this book It was a very Scottish story dealing with alcoholism and subconscious self destruction althou

  6. says:

    This is a very interesting book The narrator a native of the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis has a lovehateself destructive relationship to himself to alcohol and his hometown of Stornoway The novel has interesting things to say about the state of Gaelic culture in Scotland and also the state of Scotland in the world bo

  7. says:

    No plot meandering aimless But I was engaged and drawn in by the witty writing You will find yourself drawn into the mind of a completely nihilistic cynical drunken protagonist And just when you think you can take no you will find yourself laughing out loud from the hilarity of the writing The somewhat pointless story line and surprisingly sober ending is made endurable only by the great writing and moments of humor

  8. says:

    Any fan of trainspotting will love this tale of life on an island The particular vices and forboils of Island people and what happens when they leave

  9. says:

    Wow This was brutal It beats you about the head as punishing and relentless as the 'Leodhasach' weather Despite the abuse you stick with it fo

  10. says:

    The uote on the front of this book really intruiged me the best Scottish book since Trainspotting it read I thou

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