- 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)
Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance Paperback – 4 Sep 1997
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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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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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reliably entertaining, dark but accurate social commentary.Published 17 months ago by julian hallworth
Welsh really gets to me, sometimes I read his books through my fingers, but I can't stop reading and this trilogy was no different, great story'sPublished 19 months ago by Ronnie McLarty
What we have here is a collection of three novella-length stories by Irvine Welsh, the master of drug-induced debauchery and the Scottish icon who wrote Trainspotting, amongst... Read morePublished 20 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com