Porno Paperback – 3 Jul 2003
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Porno is a sequel to Trainspotting, and builds on the success of that caustic and very funny novel by taking some of the characters through some radical new catastrophes. Sick Boy returns to Edinburgh with his ventures as a pimp and hustler in London having gone pear-shaped. Desperate for money, he comes up with a new idea, one that (he hopes) will really rake in the cash: the production of a low-rent porn film. Now Welsh introduces us to a new development: the novels Sick Girl, Nicola Fuller-Smith, the object of Sick Boy's fevered lust, whom he also believes will be his passport to all kinds of substance-abusing happiness needless to say, hes in for a rude awakening.
Other favourite characters from Trainspotting make a welcome reappearance: Renton, Begbie (even more psychotically dangerous than in the earlier book) and the unfortunate Spud, still unable to kick the drugs. Welsh fans need not hesitate: this is every bit as exuberant, hilarious, disgusting and irresistible as its predecessor.--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
"Funny, appalling, frightening" (Mail on Sunday)
"A brilliant satirical study of the ugly dynamic which draws together predators and prey" (Sunday Telegraph)
"Not for the fainthearted... Highly entertaining" (Sunday Times)
"Funny and eloquently obscene" (Daily Telegraph)
"A worthy sequel... A touching love song to the possibilities and limits of friendship. Charming, funny and sly, Porno is a good poke at all kinds of pretence and moral tidiness" (Evening Standard)
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This, the sequel to trainspotting has many welcome continual traits. Drug abuse, scheming, cheating, violence-all the themes that highlight the worse sides of human behavior are all here, that give us that sick kick. However Porno is not as black nor foul as it's predecessor and this is coupled with warmer relationships and a more sedantry pace. The frenetic drug fuelled core to trainspotting has given way to the slow sleaze of porn. The focus on sickboy is fresh and the return of the other characters not tired nor rinsed. Porno is an accomplishment yet what will the critics say? Don't let their consistencies get in the way. This book cannot be agenda setting. Trainspotting has done that already but it is still a well crafted, revealing and most importantly, worthy successor. Roll on film.
And therein lies both Porno's attraction and minor disappointments. If you loved Trainspotting, reading Porno is very much like the experience of having seen a great band in a tiny club when they were just starting, and then seeing the same band ten years later in a large venue when they are more popular. They may still be amazing and play your favorite songs, but inevitably they've mellowed a touch, the intensity is isn't the same, and you get a little wistful. And to a certain extent, that's exactly what the book is about, aging, maturing, and getting over one's past. It's totally unfair to expect another Trainspotting from Welsh, an author can only write that passionate and electric a book once, and it's usually the first book they write. In any event, readers have had ten years to get used to reading Scots dialect and it's hard to conceive of what Welsh could write about that would be equally shocking as his heroin underworld.
In any event, Porno is a carefully plotted and constructed story, told in alternating first-person chapters by Sick Boy, his new lady Nikki Fuller-Smith, Spud, Begbie, and Renton. The central character is Sick Boy, who's seeking to reinvent himself as post-millenium entrepreneur, starting by making a porn film with his circle of acquaintances.Read more ›
This time there is no authorial narrative; the story is all told be the various characters. Welsh is superb at voices, and conveys the mindscape of Sick Boy, Begbie, Spud, Renton with no little skill. He also adds a new character, Nikki Fuller-Smith, a highly attractive female student from Reading, who meets Sick Boy and agrees to his scheme of making a porn, which forms the spine of the novel.
Welsh also understands and skillfully evokes the changes and developments of the four ex-Trainspotters superbly. He has a razor-sharp eye for social detail and uses this to great effect. It's one of the sad things in life that while youngsters from different backgrounds may start out on similar paths, eventually these differences alter their lives fundamentally. So Spud is getting nowhere fast, drifting through life and barely coping on a day-to-day basis; Sick Boy fears the onset of age as a user like him would no longer be able to blag it ("I need product" he says); Begbie, newly released from prison, continues on his inexorable path towards death or jail; while Renton, clearly Welsh's alter-ego, is an upwardly-mobile working-class intellectual.Read more ›
DO NOT read this book, unless you have recently read 'Trainspotting', also by Irvine Welsh!
Porno, and Trainspotting, are the best books i have ever read, and are quite simply undescribable in terms of their literal brilliance and power to draw the reader into the text.
Reading Porno is like reminiscing with old mates, namely the characters from Trainspotting, and will take hold of you, untill you finish the book, at which point you will want to re-read it!
Basically, you NEED to read these books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exactly what I have come to expect and enjoy about Welsh's books. Makes you never want to visit Scotland again!Published 5 days ago by Kindle Customer
As the title says. A superb sequel to an amazing book, well done. From a soap dodging Wedgie!! Can't wait to see if the book holds up.Published 1 month ago by Jack
Very good sequel to trainspotting really enjoyed it had all the characters such as SickBoy Spud Renton and Begbie also characters from glue such as juice terryPublished 1 month ago by illy
Great book, marginally better than Trainspotting I'd say. Really enjoyable development of the four characters we've come to know & love along with Welsh's brilliant wit and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stuart
Brilliant, funny sequel to Trainspotting. Buy it and read it.Published 3 months ago by Badgermonkey007
picture of cover as different when it arrived was hoping for the one with the skeleton for my other irvine welsh collectionPublished 5 months ago by Alex