The Stornoway Way

The Stornoway Way

Kevin MacNeil / Jun 25, 2019

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 w

  • Title: The Stornoway Way
  • Author: Kevin MacNeil
  • ISBN: 9780141021607
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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

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    782 Comments

    1. 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 seems more focused 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 [...]


    2. 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!



    3. My bookcrossing review:I really enjoyed this book. It was a very Scottish story, dealing with alcoholism and (sub)conscious 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, al [...]


    4. 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 mirror.So, the scene in the Pear Tree in Edinburgh brought back nice memories, R Stornoway's frank admissions of drinking to obliteration point, [...]


    5. This is a very interesting book. The narrator, a native of the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis, has a love/hate/self-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 quite dark, so it's not what I would call a summer read, but overall it was thought-provoking and interesting.


    6. I enjoyed reading this at the time - its darkness, humour, and willingness to reveal a different, warts and all view of island life. Though I have to confess, many years on, not much of the story has stayed with me, more the general sense of some of the darkness, humour and drinking that underpins a lot of island culture.


    7. 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 it more 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.


    8. 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. If you want a book to make you feel everything, this is it.Kevin MacNeil's The Stornoway Way is indescribable in some ways, from its delightful humor to its stark realism to its heart-wrenching tragedies. When you reach the end, chances are you'll breathe a big sigh (of relief? of sadness? of good riddance?) and reflect on everything that just happened. How could so much be encompassed in so short a story?It's an easy read, a simple one, and when you pick it up, you don't expect the ending comin [...]


    10. The book reads like reading letters, or the diary, written by a friend. This autobiography was an interesting, and at times quite depressing, story of a man who grew up in a small town on a small Scottish island. I, at times, understood what this man was feeling and why. Other times, I wanted to yell at hin to grow up. But, can we all not say that about our own lives.


    11. Funny and observant at times (and certainly a good introduction to some below the surface sides of Stornoway) but way too introspective in the second half and large sections I just skimmed right on through. Loved the footnotes though, especially the village names.


    12. I'm not really sure what I htink about this book. But I know a few things really did talk to me so I guess I must have likes itPàbail: the feeling you get when driving through a thoroughly remote rural area (e.g parts of the Highlands) and you see a solitary house, countless lonely miles from the nearest neighbouring house and you wonder just who lives there and how they occupy their time."Like Native Africans and Native North Americans and Aboriginal Austalians, we Gaidheals were stripped of t [...]


    13. Wow. This book is another one of my 'reference' books for a type, a standard, a measure. Like Paul Bowles, it is a 'significant work' of a genre I love, and am still looking to define. Musically, it would be Grunge a la Kurt Cobain or Mad Season's Wake Up (if you found this book, look up Wake Up!). It is in no way a book for everyone. Did you like the movie Trainspotting? If yes, read this. If not, go away and be happy. It is gritty, it is real, it is dark, it is life (as some experience it). It [...]


    14. At times the authors sense of humour came out at it's best and I laughed out loud, but for the most part I found him to be self indulgent and I would switch off. His self pity got a bit tedious.I understand that in real life people swear a lot and goes unnoticed but in a piece of literature it stands out. In this book the swearing was too frequent, lost any impact and in the end got in the way of telling the story.A rather disappointing book.


    15. I LOVE this book with a fiery eternal passion! Ever since I first read it, and I've read it dozens of times since. The language is spot on, the characterisation wonderful, and the heavy dark humour running through the length of the book marvellous. I honestly can't recommend this book highly enough. One of my favourites of all time!


    16. I found this book a great bit of Scottish literature. well described image of the lone Scottish alcoholic drinking. The story of sorrow, love, friendship, rejection and the power of addiction and the twisted dark mind of delusions.I loved this book from the start it is funny and braw. 10/10


    17. this is a great follow-up to the finlay j. macdonald books. i feel like the macdonald books were plotting the coordinates to this destinationyway, i was told this was a 'quite dark' book. it's not. it's just bukowski in gaelic. ;)a good, fun, light and easy read.


    18. A cynical view of island life, through the eyes of an alcoholic. Well written and interesting, but ultimately a bit sad.




    19. IT WAS OK! I THINK IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW THE ISLAND AND THE PEOPLE THEN YOU WOULD HAVE REALLY STRUGGLED WITH THIS BUT I AM GLAD I READ IT AS THERE ARE A FEW REALLY FUNNY BITS IN THERE



    20. Read this on a holiday to Skye and loved it. Captures the sense of the beautiful and remote islands of Scotland, not to mention the common alcoholism :(


    21. Finding a story in amongst all the F-words and alcohol-blurred narrative is almost impossible. And if this is supposed to be the Stornoway Way, well, it's a damning indictment.




    22. a book that gives you all you wanted to know about living in the highlandsfunny dour and truthful all at the same time



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