( kindle PDF ) The Stornoway Way BY Kevin MacNeil

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The Stornoway Way

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

Review The Stornoway Way

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. 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 both as a nation and non nation Bits of it are uite dark so it s not what I would call a summer read but overall it was thought provoking and interesting

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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


About the Author: Kevin MacNeil

Kevin MacNeil is a Scottish novelist poet and playwright



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' fee

  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 no

  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 Stornow

  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 although this book really only looked at the way his soul was destroyed by alcohol abuse whereas

  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 both as a nation and non nation Bits of it are uite dark so it's not what I would call a summer read but overall it was thoug

  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 the

  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 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

  10. says:

    The uote 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 it than lived up to outside Welsh's own work of course The book is incredibly well written and features a fantastic mixture humour and sorrow

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