- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (11 July 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099465892
- ISBN-13: 978-0099465898
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 301 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Trainspotting Paperback – 11 Jul 1994
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"Abhorrently dark and raw to the core, Trainspotting is an insight into one of life’s many ugly personalities ― addiction and the accompanying domino effect of grim inevitabilities… Irvine Welsh’s novel will always be a cult classic." (Tori Chalmers Culture Trip)
"Welsh’s skill as a storyteller is undeniable, bringing both wit and compassion to a grim subject matter. If you liked Danny Boyle’s film adaptation, you’ll love the original." (Maddy Searle i)
"The voice of punk, grown up, grown wiser and grown eloquent" (Sunday Times)
"The best book ever written by man or woman... Deserves to sell more copies than the bible" (Rebel Inc)
"Welsh writes with a skill, wit and compassion that amounts to genius. He is the best thing that has happened to British writing for decades" (Sunday Times)
`A complex, episodic read'
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The way it skips from character to character throughout the book makes it confusing, there were parts in the book where I didn't have a clue which character it was about.
For me there was only one chapter in the book that had me gripped, for the rest of it I wasn't dying to pick it up and get a hit, ken.
Now to watch the film and see if that makes this rollercoaster of a journey any clearer.
I'm glad I did as it I can't think of another British novel that takes you into the belly of an underclass beast and leaves you as breathless as this does.
It's not just the incredibly realistic dialogue, the sparten use of adjectives to reflect the characters mileau or the brilliant political and social commentry that spews angrily out of every page. No, it's the feeling you get that you a reading something utterly authentic.
In a way it mirrors Tarentino's work in having a disparate bunch of junkies and criminals hit us over the head with a range of brilliantly crafted observations.
A modern classic that heralded a host of immitators but no peers.
The book is more a collection of short stories than a full narrative,
Arrived on time in good condition.
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