Marabou Stork Nightmares by Irvine Welsh
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In a hospital room in Edinburgh, Roy Strang lies in a coma--which doesn't save him from reliving the sordid developments that brought him to the state. He seems at times to be engaged in a strange quest in a surrealistic Africa to eradicate the evil predator-scavenger bird--the marabou stork--before it drives away the peace-loving flamingos from Lake Torto.

About Irvine Welsh

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Irvine Welsh was born in Edinburgh on September 27, 1958. After leaving school, he lived in London for awhile, but eventually returned to Edinburgh where he worked for the city council in the housing department. He received a degree in computer science and studied for an MBA at Heriot Watt University. His first novel, Trainspotting, was published in 1993 and was adapted as a film starring Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle in 1996. He became a full-time writer in August 1995. His other works include The Acid House (1994), Marabou Stork Nightmares (1995), Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance (1996), Filth (1998), Glue (2001), and Porno (2002). He also wrote the plays Headstate (1994) and You'll Have Had Your Hole (1998).
Published January 1, 1996 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 264 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With great agility, Welsh manages his slippery, three-pronged story as he traces the teenage Roy's return to Scotland, at the same time continuing with the surreal, ongoing pursuit of the marabou stork--a tale that the author tells in the manner of a mock-colonial narrative.

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Roy's safari dreams mimic the macho (but homoerotic) yarns of John Buchan, one of the Scots who ran British imperialism.

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a novel, Trainspotting) have changed into the hospital-bed fantasies and hallucinations of the comatose Roy Strang, but the flashbacked details of his damaged childhood and hooligan's career are as raw and despairing as any Welsh has depicted before.

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MARABOU STORK NIGHTMARES Irvine Welsh (Norton, $21) As Scottish soccer hooligan Roy Strang lies comatose in a hospital, his hallucinations of swashbuckling, Technicolor African safaris (in pursuit of the sadistic marabou stork) merge with memories of his depraved childhood in Edinburgh's slums an...

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