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Morvern Callar
Lynne Ramsay
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Morvern Callar

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Morvern Callar is a 21-year-old supermarket worker from a small port town in the West of Scotland. Morvern believes that life is something that you get on with, as best you can and with what you've got. One morning Morvern finds that what she's got is a dead boyfriend on the kitchen floor. Extraordinarily, she doesn't tell anyone and this and her subsequent choices propel ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by ScreenPress Books
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Feb 11, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it
This was a great choice to whip through while spending a few days on a remote Scottish island in January, and I really enjoyed reading it - and quickly too. I'd seen the film when it came out in the early noughties, and it's a very sensual, spooky number with Samantha Morton doing a great job as Movern. The book is a little tricky to get into, with the very colloquial scottish dialect/writing, but not as tough as something like James Kelman. More poetic license here, and lyrical etc.

The premise
Feb 10, 2014 Terri rated it did not like it
This book was recommended in the Wall Street Journal. It even gave the basic plot:

"When Morvern Callar discovers that her boyfriend has cut his own throat, she hardly reacts at all:"There was fright but I'd daydreamed how I'd be.' ...We follow Morvern as she hides her boyfriend's corpse in the attic, empties his bank account and submits the novel he has been writing to a publisher- under her own name."

That seems like quite a clever, intriguing plot.

Trouble is, Alan Warner writes in such a way th
Warning: If you don't understand Scottish Slang this will be a very tough read.

One of my friends, Scottish, recommend this book. I had to ask him a lot of what some of the Scottish Slang meant since this book is loading with it.

He said it was pretty much how he and his friends and the average teenage, young adult, Scot lives, especially during the 1990s and early 2000s.

It was interesting to read about and the movie is interesting too.

Nov 02, 2013 Charles rated it liked it
Not the best thing in the world. Morvern's boyfriend kills himself and leaves her money, and it is interesting to see how she handles the situation and uses the money.
Aug 21, 2007 Lea rated it really liked it
This is a really interesting book and the movie is amazing. Its hard. Not boring but definitily hard. I strongly recommend it.
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Dec 18, 2013 Michelle the Crazy Cat Lady rated it it was ok
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The book starts out with the MC stepping over the body (and the subsequent pool of blood) of her dead boyfriend to get ready for work. It doesn't really get better from there.
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