Thursday, 1 January 2015

Morvern Callar by Alan Warner

"Though he was dead I used the air freshener spray"

It is rare that I read something which really shocks me. This was that novel. A typical reaction to discovering your boyfriend has killed himself right next to you, might not be to go get drunk, get high, have random group sex and head off on the equivalent of a Contiki tour while laying claim to the boyfriend's magnum opus.

As dark as things appear there is something quite compelling about the text that will have you reading on.

It is haunting, disturbing and in eliciting such shock and dismay, quite brilliant in its delivery. Having said that it left a bad taste in my mouth, like a really horrid hangover.

4 out of 5  - christmas should not be like this.

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