Ecstasy

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With three delightful tales of love and its up and downs, the ever-surprising Irvine Welsh virtually invents a new genre of fiction: the chemical romance. In "Lorraine Goes to Livingston," a best-selling author of Regency romances, paralyzed and bedridden, plans her revenge on a gambling, whoring husband with the aid of her nurse, Lorraine. In "Fortune's Always Hiding," flawed beauty Samantha Worthington enlists a smitten young soccer thug to find the man who marketed the drug that crippled her from birth - in ...
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Overview

With three delightful tales of love and its up and downs, the ever-surprising Irvine Welsh virtually invents a new genre of fiction: the chemical romance. In "Lorraine Goes to Livingston," a best-selling author of Regency romances, paralyzed and bedridden, plans her revenge on a gambling, whoring husband with the aid of her nurse, Lorraine. In "Fortune's Always Hiding," flawed beauty Samantha Worthington enlists a smitten young soccer thug to find the man who marketed the drug that crippled her from birth - in order to give him a taste of his own disastrous medicine. In the upbeat final tale, "The Undefeated," we experience the transfiguring passion of the miserably married young yuppie Heather and the raver Lloyd from Leith - a grand affair played out to a house music beat.
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Editorial Reviews

Sunday Times [London]
“Welsh writes with a skill, wit and compassion that amounts to genius. He is the best thing that has happened to British writing in decades.”
Times Literary Supplement
“[O]ne of the most significant writers in Britain. He writes with style, imagination, wit, and force, and in a voice which those alienated by much current fiction clearly want to hear.”
The Spectator
“Reading Irvine Welsh is like watching Tarantino—exciting, urgent, thrilling, repulsive.”
Sunday Express
“Welsh's world is piky, trashy, and brutal. It is also brilliant, hilarious, and infused with a kind of punkish morality...outrageously funny.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The ecstasy involved in rave-writer Welsh's three novellas at first may seem exclusively the chemical kind "e," "ecky," "MDMA" downed at Dionysian dance parties by alienated post-Thatcher youth and nearly every character here. But Welsh's latest misfits are also looking however incoherently for a higher ecstasy too: in a half-articulated credo, one eckied-out character thinks: "you had to party harder than ever.... It was your duty to show that you were still alive. Political sloganeering and posturing meant nothing; you had to celebrate the joy of life." Meantime, though, they are hooked on other drugs, petty crime, pub brawls, casual/kinky sex and bodice-buster novels. "Lorraine Goes to Livingston: A Rave and Regency Romance," the weakest of the three novellas, mixes Will Self-style grotesque social satire with an increasingly sick parody of trashy paperbacks. Welsh's own version of true love goes even farther over the top in "Fortune's Always Hiding" as a sociopathic Cockney criminal falls for a woman deformed by a thalidomide-like drug and they take gruesome revenge on its corporate manufacturers. The last and best, "The Undefeated," presents modern love in Edinburgh as a "chemical romance" between the party-addict Lloyd, whose acidified life consists only of weekend house bashes, and straight-peg Heather, who trades her bougie existence for e. Ecstasy exports Welsh's pitch-perfect slang, black humor and surreal imagination in an exhilarating, mutable style like the written equivalent of techno music, cutting right through to his characters' lives. Sept.
The Literary Review
“It is Irvine Welsh’s infectious Scottish humor, balancing wry observation with a cavalier canniness,
which keeps the reader turning the pages . . . unforgettably original.”
Spike Magazine
Effortlessly readable prose, which uniquely captures the mood of contemporary England.— Chris Mitchell
Chris Mitchell - Spike Magazine
“Effortlessly readable prose, which uniquely captures the mood of contemporary England.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393315813
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, Ecstacy, Filth (soon to be a major motion picture), Glue, Porno, and Crime, among other works. Welsh is also producing movies and writing screenplays. A native of Edinburgh, he lives in Chicago and Miami.

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Table of Contents

Lorraine Goes To Livingston: A Rave and Regency Romance 1
Fortune's Always Hiding: A Corporate Drug Romance 73
The Undefeated: An Acid House Romance 151
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2009

    How about a flawed male

    Fabulous. But in every story it was the female with the physical flaws. Can you give us a flawed male?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2007

    ITS GREAT

    This book is really great, it was a real page turner. I would recommend this to any one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2007

    MCRs ecstasy

    Perfect,nothing can beat Welsh's unusual voice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2007

    MCR got their name from this book

    this book is great,mcr got their name from it, thats all u need to know. mcr is my favorite band of all time and are my reason for being here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    YAY!

    Grrreeeaaattt book. I actually only read it becuase it's the book that helped Mikey Way come up with the name My Chemical Romance.[[and I happen to be a huge fan]] It turned out to be an amazing book. =]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2007

    Awesome!

    Irvine Welsh is amazing! He has inspired one of todays biggest bands, which just happens to be my favorite. This book is really good. I love it!

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