These Demented Lands by Alan Warner Online

These Demented Lands
Title : These Demented Lands
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ISBN : 9780385491464
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224

After the critical success of his first novel,  Morvern Callar, Alan Warner has written an extraordinary, stirring sequel to Morvern's odyssey, confirming him as one of the most original, uniquely gifted writers to have appeared this decade.An air-crash investigator haunts the hinterlands of an island--around the isolated honeymoon hot spot, the Drome Hotel--gathering theAfter the critical success of his first novel,  Morvern Callar, Alan Warner has written an extraordinary, stirring sequel to Morvern's odyssey, confirming him as one of the most original, uniquely gifted writers to have appeared this decade.An air-crash investigator haunts the hinterlands of an island--around the isolated honeymoon hot spot, the Drome Hotel--gathering the debris from fallen planes that the islanders have fashioned into makeshift sheds and fences; but what kind of jigsaw is he really assembling as he paces the runway?A young woman makes landfall on the island, crossing the interior to arrive at the Drome Hotel: desperate, strange--and strangely familiar.Meanwhile, DJ Cormorant is trying to organize The Big One, a rave on the adjacent airstrip, and from all over These Demented Lands come twisted characters, converging for one final Saturday night at the Drome Hotel.


These Demented Lands Reviews

  • Jeff Jackson

    A hallucinatory sequel to the great "Morvern Callar," the first section of this book is a superb recounting of our heroine's island journey as a lyric fever dream. It's shot full of pitch black humor and hauntingly weird images, all told in Morvern's indelible voice, and it's well worth picking up the novel for those first 60 pages. You could consider it a novella and call it a day. After this, the book switches perspectives to the Aircrash Investigator whose rambling insights, confusing obsessi [...]

  • Lesley

    These Demented Lands is a sequel to Morvern Callar, although Morvern's name is not revealed until the last page. Alan Warner's people are the essentially unnameable. As in Morvern Callar, few if any, are known by their "real" names - thus The Aircrash Investigator is also known as The One Who Walked the Skylines of Dusk with Debris Held Aloft Above His Head, Houlihan, Warmer, Failed Screenwriter, The Coated One Who Walked the Skylines and Monsieur Debris ManMorvern is on a night ferry to the isl [...]

  • Steven

    An amazing apocalyptic novel. A sequel of sorts to Morvern Callar, although the point of view isn't, nor the action, limited to Morvern. The narrative alternates between two first-person narrators, one of whom is Morvern. Heavily symbolic and full of outrageous characterizations and scenes, with lyrical prose, and postmodern interpositions of road (and other) signs and flyers and posters. Heavily weighted with millennial christian overtones it would be interesting to compare and contrast this no [...]

  • Palmyrah

    There's a stain of creepy cold-weather surrealism that runs through modern Scottish fiction – think of Alasdair Gray or Iain Banks, or even Irvine Welsh. These Demented Lands belongs on the same shelf, though it isn't violent or bleak; in fact, it's fun. I worked my way through the first part of this slim book in delight, thinking 'I've never read anything quite like this before.' Further on in, though, I realized with some disappointment that a lot of the colourful stuff I'd been reading wasn [...]

  • Jonathan Norton

    Lifeless piffle that abjectly fails to evoke a dream-like or hallucinatory atmosphere due to slack writing and barely-doodled ciphers of characters. Morvern Callar is as boring as she ever was, joining the dreary death-march through 200 pages of lame quirkiness, the excruciatingly portentous efforts at "postmodernism" merely acting as reminders that more talented writers have done it far better (Alasdair Gray, for just 1 example). If you think Verve, Iain Banks and The Mighty Boosh are exciting [...]

  • Joelle

    Still have no clue what this book was written about, for whom it was written.

  • Spiros

    I suppose I should say "spoiler alert" here: but really, any reasonably intelligent reader will recognize the protagonist on page 11, when she mentions her copy of "Verve: All In The Mind (HUTCD 12)". In this sequel to MORVERN CALLAR, we find our heroine washed up on an island peopled by such driven figures as the Argonaut, the Devil's Advocate, the Knifegrinder, the Aircrash Investigator, and the evil John Brotherhood. An air of subterranean menace pervades the island, as these and other bizarr [...]

  • Laurel Beth

    another book spoiled by the blurb. alan warner is trying so hard to not make morvern callar the obvious narrator, only revealing the name as the last two words of the book. but what did warner expect? morvern was his wunderkind debut, certainly he knew he'd get interviewed by the scottish literati and have to reveal it, no? irvine welsh called him brilliant! flash point debuts don't beget sophomore sales. you'd have to bring it up.either way the book is a little slight, of perspective, of suppos [...]

  • Ape

    Thoughts from 2006More Scottish wierdness from Alan Warner. This follows on from Morvern Callar, although I actually read it before I read Morvern. And to be honest, I think I prefer this one over Morvern Callar. She isn't the only main character in the book and she isn't the narrator this time - that job goes to the air crash investigator.The story is set on a Scottish island with a cast of odd characters and bizarre behaviour. Very curious read. Quite funny in places.

  • Jo Beckford

    I read this years ago as a teen and loved its quirky acceptance of violence and mistrust in an outlying remote community of people who the world forgot. Reading it again 20 odd years later it is still an apt description of these weird little places where life is hard and the reasons to stay are few but also epic in their own disjointed and unraveled way.

  • Jill

    I love Warner. The same kind of love I have for McInerney, Easton Ellis and a few others. I would have loved to love this and the writing, of course, was fantastic.BUT wow, was this NOT for me. If you'd like to read Warner, please, for the love of god, read Morvern Callar first. This book might make you hate him.

  • funkgoddess

    i find this book impossible to rateere were glimpses of a story i might have been interested in, but lost in a trippy, fluid style. Full of steady and ever-chaning characters, i was never too sure where i was interesting exercise in form, but not for me. i suffered through morven caller and now i've suffered through this, i've done my share of alan warner.

  • Ewan Wilson

    Warner is gifted there is no doubt. his characters are odd, warm, crazy and hilarious. this very strange book captivates and surprises while keeping the reader on his toes at all times. John Brotherhood's character is work of genius. as is the 'Knifegrinder' - an amusing representation of the mental people who inhabit these islands on the fringes. I loved it but it is pretty mad.

  • Alan

    just reserved Warner's latest from the library, and noticed I hadn't added this one on GR. It is a kind of sequel to the great 'Morvern Callar' but not anywhere near as good. It's been over ten years since I read it, but I remember finding it a bit bitty and contrived, but with great moments.

  • Brendan

    bought this in San Francisco. written by the same guy who wrote Morvern Callar, which Lynne Ramsay turned into one of my favorite movies. i've started it like three times but its written in bizzare phonetic Scottish vernacular, really need to buckle down to make sense of it.

  • Phil Overeem

    The further adventures of that Scottish wild child and nature-luster Morvern Callar. If you dug the first one, you have to read this one (and there's a third).

  • Nick

    You're no morvarn callar

  • Hannah

    For once I agree with the blurb wholeheartedly: just as good as Morvern Callar. I love his style of writing so much, I could happily read nothing else for the rest of my life.