Trainspotting Paperback – 11 Jul 1994
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"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)
"An unremitting powerhouse of a novel that marked the arrival of a major new talent… Loud with laughter in the dark, this novel is the real McCoy" (Herald)
"A novel perpetually in a starburst of verbal energy - a vernacular spectacular... The stories we hear are retched from the gullet" (Scotland on Sunday)
`A complex, episodic read'
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This is an amazing book; essentially a collection of vignettes about Edinburgh street life among the heroin users strung together by a common cast and a narrative about Renton escaping.
Making heavy use of the local patois, the book can be difficult to read but it is well worth preserving because the language is an essential element in bringing the amazing cast of characters to life.
The film does have an impact here - as the casting affects your image of the characters - this is not really a problem as the casting was generally excellent - Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller fitted my mental images of Renton and Sick Boy very well. Robert Carlyle did not conform to my mental image of Begbie but that doesn't really matter as in many ways he was even more terrifying.
Also note that this is not a book for the faint-hearted - it is often graphic and disturbing in its portrayal of drug addiction (particularly the places you might stick needles) and violence (you will certainly think twice before insulting a waitress).
bestseller crap "Trainspotting" was a welcome change. I
admit, I didn''t discover this book in its obscurity but
was influenced to read it after the great media-hype
surrounding the film, but I still feel gratitude I read the
book before watching the movie. This book, unlike other
mind-numbing American novels later turned into films,
intrigues the reader and teases his thoughts and his
perception of border lines and what is acceptable and
unacceptable. The novel never urges the reader to try any
drug but rather shows the real side of drug use, the ups
and downs of mainly Heroine and alchohol, in a funny and
provokingly interesting way. With the use of intricate
scottish slang Welsh manages to expose the dark realities of
hopeless junkie lives and bring out the humor of those empty
lives, while still incorpporating hilarious sex scenes, harsh
violence and drug use. A definate must-read, this book will
hopefully open the minds of its readers, if there is any hope
in the youth of this great world of ours!
What makes this book so special for me is the way Welsh captures a culture so brilliantly. The scottish drug scene is one he writes about with knowledge and empathy. Unlike lesser authors, who seem to write about things they clearly know nothing about, Welsh takes us on a brillaint and exciting trickle through the seedy yet vivid world of drugs, punk and sex in the early 90's. His work doesn't revolve around cliched plot twists or neat metaphors to represent things, he merely tells things as they are in a raw and witty writing style that amounts to a huge breath of fresh air.
Others may disagree, but i wouldn't say the book follows a set plot. It is a compilation of short and absorbing passages which document the lives of various characters. The book does progress in a way, with addicts such as Mark Renton and Spud managing to kick their addictions, only to slip back into them towards the end of the book. However, this free flowing structure allows Welsh to explore his subject matter and issues in an unfettered way, that isn't bound by the rigours of a plot like so many other insipid works of "mainstream" fiction.
It is indeed the characters that make most books, and this work is no exception. The selection of characters in this book is diverse and wide, ranging from psycopaths such as Francis Begbie, to, as mentioned, junkies such as Renton and Spud, and even cameo appearances are made from characters such as David Mitchell- an unfortunate contractor of HIV.Read more ›
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I was really proud to understand all the phonetic Scottish. Thank goodness I’ve been living in Glasgow for so long. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Unazukin
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Well, this is it – this is the book that catapulted Irvine Welsh from being an unknown Scottish author who used to be a heroin addict into being one of Britain’s foremost... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com
Not a fan - the bastardised english in this book may be good for some yet its too hard work for me - shame as I heard it was a good read.Published 5 months ago by Mr J C Morgan
I bought it by mistake . I have tried looking at it, it would appear to be rather unpleasant.Published 6 months ago by sparror hawk