[Read] ➯ The Stornoway Way By Kevin MacNeil – Rvtrek.info

The Stornoway Way 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 Of 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 Meet 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 Of The quote on the front of this book really intruiged me, the best Scottish book since Trainspotting it read I thought it was a mighty bold claim and one itthan lived up to, outside Welsh s own work of course The book is incredibly well written and features a fantastic mixture humour and sorrow. 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 distracted by the narrator who seemsfocused on displaying his prowess as a man, rather than telling a story I lost interest in everything but who could ve written such arrogant jabber I started speculating on his looks how he managed to get publ 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 distracted by the narrator who seemsfocused on displaying his prowess as a man, rather than telling a story I lost interest in everything but who could ve written such arrogant jabber I started speculating on his looks how he managed to get published.I read this book while on the ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool and even the proximity of location and environment couldn t make me care about the narrator A first person narrative which islike a drunken diary or a diary of drunkenessdrunk mess I usually like such things but this narrator rubbed me the wrong way He didn t seem to have any focus for the book Is it about the death of culture, the ways in which a culture dies, the death of an individual, the ability for human growth, the inability of human growth I have no clue MacNeil introduces many characters with poetic bangs yes, he has some beautiful lines I mean he is a Gael but lets them fall by the wayside of the narrator s flip flopping perspective Did he ever really care for them Why d he introduce them at all Who or what should we care about in this story I couldn t latch on to anything except my editorial decision that this shouldn t be called a novel but a series of prose poetry which is incomplete and needs work Still, five stars for his use of gaelic 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 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 questionable 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 Every time I read this in public, people stared at me for laughing out loud I think I actually fell in love with R Stornoway and could envision us having a very intensely rocky co dependent relationship The Outer Hebrides are some of the most beautiful places I ve ever seen the book was amazing for me because I ve seen so much of it first hand Go there and then read this book Now

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