Ecstasy

Ecstasy

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by Irvine Welsh
     
 

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Prepare for another cult-movie/cult-book wave as Ecstasy, the movie, brings new fans to Irvine Welsh’s book of “chemical romances.”
Starring Adam Sinclair, of British television and Van Wilder 2, Kristin Kreuk of Smallville, Billy Boyd of Lord of the Rings, and Irvine Welsh in a cameo, Ecstasy is cult-classic ready. Director Rob Heydon draws

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Prepare for another cult-movie/cult-book wave as Ecstasy, the movie, brings new fans to Irvine Welsh’s book of “chemical romances.”
Starring Adam Sinclair, of British television and Van Wilder 2, Kristin Kreuk of Smallville, Billy Boyd of Lord of the Rings, and Irvine Welsh in a cameo, Ecstasy is cult-classic ready. Director Rob Heydon draws his plot from Welsh’s novella “The Undefeated: An Acid House Romance” and uses his expertise in music videos and documentaries to re-create the club scene, including a pulsing soundtrack from Coldplay, Primal Scream, and Tiesto. Ecstasy has opened in Canada, Germany, and the UK.

Editorial Reviews

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.”
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.)
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.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393343175
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/16/2012
Series:
Movie Tie-In Editions Series
Edition description:
Movie Tie-in Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
936,689
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

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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Ecstasy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Fabulous. But in every story it was the female with the physical flaws. Can you give us a flawed male?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really great, it was a real page turner. I would recommend this to any one
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perfect,nothing can beat Welsh's unusual voice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. =]
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!