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Doesn't cut the mustard,
This review is from: Porno (Paperback)
Porno to the world of blue movies should be what Trainspotting was to the world of hard drugs. Unfortunately, it is not.
The comparison to Trainspotting is inevitable, as this is intended to be a ten years on type sequel.
However, while I admired the ability of Welsh to write so crudely and vividly about the use (and abuse) of heroin, it is fair to say that writing about making porn movies doesn't deserve such high praise. The writing in Trainspotting was more to do with emotions, feelings, experiences, and it did truly take you somewhere else. The writing in Porno, is... well, just about that, and I'm sorry to say, the internet is flooded with that kind of material, pretty much anyone can do it, though admittedly there are some truly grotesque and disgusting passages in the book.
Some of the characters take on a much more secondary role that perhaps they deserved, such as that of Rab, where his personal struggle could have expanded on a bit further.
All in all, compelling reading, but only due to the curiosity of learning what happened to the characters we loved and hated in Trainspotting.