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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (4 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099590913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099590910
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A pure writer, producing staggering feats of storytelling... The skill of a master" (Independent)

"Welsh writes with a skill, wit and compassion that amounts to genius. He is the best thing to have happened to British writing for decades" (Sunday Times)

"Urgent, violent, bleakly funny prose" (Nick Hornby Times literary Supplement)

"Welsh's world is spiky, trashy and brutal. It is also brilliant, hilarious and infused with a kind of punkish morality" (Sunday Express)

"The poet laureate of the chemical generation" (Face)

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I would strongly have to disagree with the slatings which this novel has received. I would undoubtedly class this as one of Irvine Welsh's best. The book focuses on subjects so hideously disturbing and original that you just can't help admiring welsh for his creative originality. Unlike Trainspotting,this book often tends to steer away from the grim reality of drug abuse and focuses on love, true friendship and the positive effects of ecstasy. Although much of the book at times seems to be unecessarily violent, Welsh is meerly using this as a decoy to bring to light the angst ridden characters which dominate the story. This book is a definate must for those who can handle reading about reality, it certainly isn't for the faint hearted that's for sure and if it's a bit of pleasant escapism your after, forget it. This is a book for the e generation who will certainly be able to relate to this superb piece of modern day wtiting.
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I picked up Ecstasy while wandering around Europe and honestly only bought it for the title...I used to be into the whole lifestyle and I wanted to see how another author would try and fail at accurately describing the experience of a good pill...after reading it I can say that while the storylines werent the greatest, the descriptions were wonderful...especially the last story...it not only describes how your stream of thought runs while on a pill but gives you an insight into the mentality of someone who uses not only for the first time but also someone for whom the newness has wornoff...and also does something i once thought impossible...it also gets you into the head of someone whos tripping......absolutely wonderful dialog of consciousness and well written....welsh could have put more thought into the stories but overall i would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about ecstasy or acid or to anyone who has every tried them
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Oh, my god. I just have to say that these stories (Specially "The Undefeated") are so great. I'm not a critic, so I won't write anything revolutionary, but this book got into my heart almost as deep as Trainspotting. I read it in spanish (which is not an easy feat) but it didn't loose any sense to me. It's so much fun, and great writing that I almost wish I had never touched it: I felt so bad when it was ending. YOU MUST READ IT, YOB! LAS! See ya in Edina!
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By A Customer on 16 Jun. 1997
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The author of Trainspotting, which became a major movie hit this winter, brings us three provocative and sometimes beautiful love stories in his newest novel, Ecstasy.

The first story, "Lorraine Goes to Livingston: A Rave and Regency Romance," is about Rebecca, the oblivious romance novelist, Perky, her adulterous worm of a husband, Lorraine, a part-time raver/part-time nurse, and Freddy Royle, a necrophilic. It is full of relationships starting and ending, self-awareness (or the lack of) and is shocking and entertaining. But then again, how could a nice love story with bouts of bestiality and necrophilia be boring?

In "Fortune's Always Hiding: A Corporate Drug Romance" a nasty pharmaceutical company markets a little-tested drug, Tenazadrine, which produces results not unlike the birth defects caused by Thalidomide in the'50s and '60s. This is probably the most disturbing story in Ecstasy, and leaves you pondering the fine line between justice and revenge. You won't know what to think of Dave, whose loyalty and love for his deformed girlfriend, Samantha, tries to compensate for his less desirable traits such as violence and homophobia.

The third, and last, story will blow your mind like double-dipped tabs of LSD. "The Undefeated: An Acid House Romance" is both funny and clever. Lloyd Buist, a laid-back druggie, is endearing with his Alice In Wonderland-esque logic ("Ah don't know if I'm thinking this or saying it or both at the same time, but you can sometimes say one thing while thinking another. So if I'm saying this, actually saying this out loud, what am ah thinking? Eh? Ah ha!").

This is the perfect book to save you from summertime apathy. Ecstasy is a must read for those who dn't mind deciphering European English (what the hell do sentences like "Ah'm away doon tae the deli fir mair ay they strawberries, eh" mean?) and are not offended by profanity, drug use and sex.
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Another Irvine Welsh masterpiece puts you in the middle of the action with his descriptive, exciting, fast paced, tales of the party lifestyles of the clubland massive
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Bag o' sh*te. Welsh is a whiffy bawbag whose inane/insane ramblings seem to be repeatedly mistaken for authentic (the word a London based reviewer might use instead of "ethnic" so as not to appear patronizing or racist) genius. Don't waste your life reading this book.
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I'd never read one of Irvine Walsh's books before this one but my sister had recommended him many a time so I thought I'd attempt it. It wasn't an easy read, the narrators chop and change in each story and Walsh writes the dialogue exactly how they speak it (which could be hard to understand if you've never met anyone from Scotland)! Some of the subjects that crop up in the first 2 stories are slightly disturbing but they kind of give you a gross intent to keep on reading. The last story was definitly my favourite as I felt like I was on drugs myself whilst reading about Lloyd's life. And the humour is rich - I found myself laughing loudly on many trains whilst reading this book! A good read but not for the faint-hearted.
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