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The Man Who Walks

(2002)
A novel by

 
 
Alan Warner's new novel The Man Who Walks is his latest attempt to recapture the form and verve of his desperately brilliant, luridly beautiful, pungently lyrical Morvern Caller; his exceptional debut.

The opening sentence promises, and threatens, equally. "The Nephew was lain silent atop the paper sacks of pony nuts near the roof of the agric supply warehouse, dreaming about ghost bags, when his mobile diddled 'Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves'". From this arch but poetic introduction Warner spins a strange, eerie, brutish, edgy, kinetic, voluptuous story, set in his usual sodden and hallucinatory Scotland-on-steroids. The characters are a motley crew of misfits, lordlings, computer geeks, scribblers, and Caledonian soaks, with names like Raincheck, Macushla, Jaxter, Hacker, Syrupy Piece, Tracy the Trolley, and Brian. Together and apart these strange creatures wander the lochs and braes of Auld Scotland doing drugs, each other, and occasional disservices to the English language.

What is it about? That's a bit harder to say. The themes are the perennial Warner ones: blurred identity, rustic quirkiness, the intrusion of the surreal. There are many stunning moments of sly, shocking, vivid, Warnerian beauty; there are also a few moments of lazy underwriting, and overheated imagining. Somewhere among all this glory and disorder is probably a serious take on what it means to be a whole human being in late-capitalist Europe. This is deeply, deeply intriguing.--Sean Thomas

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

May 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Man Who Walks
Author(s): Alan Warner
ISBN: 0-224-06294-8 / 978-0-224-06294-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Paperback Editions

November 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Man Who Walks
Author(s): Alan Warner
ISBN: 1-78470-712-0 / 978-1-78470-712-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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April 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Man Who Walks
Author(s): Alan Warner
ISBN: 0-09-928546-0 / 978-0-09-928546-5 (UK edition)
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May 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Man Who Walks
Author(s): Alan Warner
ISBN: 0-224-05109-1 / 978-0-224-05109-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Kindle Editions

March 2011 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Man Who Walks
Author(s): Alan Warner
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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