- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (11 July 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749396067
- ISBN-13: 978-0749396060
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
`A complex, episodic read'
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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).
I'd imagine the majority of people reading this will have seen the film first (like me). And the film faithfully follows the book in this case.
It's worth noting that if you are new to Welsh's books, that this is written in broad Scots, so if you are not from Scotland, or haven't read 'The Broons' or 'Oor Wullie', you're likely to struggle initially, but don't let this get in the way of an enjoyable book.
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!
This volume includes an introduction by Hodge, who explains how he came to be coerced into writing the screenplay. The screenplay is indeed the screenplay, and not a transcript of the film, so there are plenty of changes in dialogue and editing if you actually do sit down and follow along while watching Danny Boyle's film. Notations tell you want scenes or bits of dialogue were cut from the film and there are plenty of black & white photographs of the various scenes (but just Ewen McGregor coming OUT of the toilet...). The Afterword consists of a brief interview with author Irvine Welsh, conducted during the penultimate week of the shooting of the film (Welsh was doing a cameo performance as the drug dealer Mikey Forrester). Welsh speaks candidly about the transformation of his novel into a film and how the drug scene in Scotland has changed since the book's original publication.Read more ›
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One of the great novels of the twentieth century; an eye-opener to many people of the dire existence of many addicts without which a proper understanding of the depths to which... Read morePublished 27 days ago by jameskane
Read this for part of a personal A Level project at a time when I used to hate reading (20+ years ago). Read morePublished 28 days ago by P.Nesshead
One-of-a-kind book written in a dialect that hits you instantly. Trainspotting has the capacity to give a jolt to your sentiments and make you empathise in the same breath. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B
(Slapping myself for not having read this year's ago. ) Welsh makes you work harder than the film did, to like this band of anti heroes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs. C. Matthews
This is a continuation of the story of Skagboys, so I highly recommend reading that first as it is the prequel. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul Hudson