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Morvern Callar

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It is off-season in a remote Highland sea port: twenty-one-year-old Morvern Callar, a low-paid employee in the local supermarket, wakes one morning to find her strange boyfriend has committed suicide and is dead on their kitchen floor. Morvern's laconic reaction is both intriguing and immoral. What she does next is even more appalling...



Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 02/05/1996 ISBN-13: 9780099586111  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Alan Warner is the author of six other novels: These Demented Lands, The Sopranos, The Man Who Walks, The Worms Can Carry Me To Heaven, The Stars in the Bright Sky, which was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize; and The Deadman's Pedal (2012). He is Writer in Residence at Edinburgh University.

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Written in Scots vernacular and almost prose poetry, Morvern Callar (before we even get to the plot) is not for the faint hearted. Morvern, stuck in a small Highland town comes home from work at the local supermarket only to discover the body of her suicidal boyfriend. What makes this novel so compelling is the macabre twist it takes when the reader discovers what she intends to do with his body. Warner has created an unusual and unforgettable anti hero in Morvern. His skill lies in making you sympathise with her in spite of her actions. He creates a sense of time and place, both in the location and in period, that could, realistically, spawn a person filled so full of boredom and frustration that extreme action is their only way of breaking free. Beautiful and dark, try it if you’re after something out of the ordinary.

Westfield White City Bookstore - 12/05/2011

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