Skagboysby Irvine Welsh
Prequel to the best-selling phenomenon Trainspotting, this exhilarating and moving novel shows how Welsh’s colorful miscreants first went wrong. See more details below
Prequel to the best-selling phenomenon Trainspotting, this exhilarating and moving novel shows how Welsh’s colorful miscreants first went wrong.
- Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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- 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
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imagine the main character as jack o connell from skins c;
Best known for the novel (made into a movie) Trainspotting, SKAGBOYS is Irvine Welsh’s newest work. SKAGBOYS is also a PREQUEL to Trainspotting, so if you were a fan, this is definitely for you. This includes many of the same characters (including my favorite, Begbie, and a considerable political and satirical content. Lots of back-story and snarky dialogue. Funny and tragic and grim, it still depicts another hopeless descent into addiction. Many other readers haven’t liked this book, because it seems a tired rehashing of the other two books in the series (Trainspotting, and its sequel, Porno), but I found it just as enthralling and exciting, like meeting up again with old friends.
A remarkable book, Skagboys brings completion to Welsh's Lothian universe. Set against the fraying social fabric of Thatcherite Britain, a slightly younger Trainspotting crowd stares too long into the void of heroin addiction, well entrenching themselves into the rut we find them at the beginning of Welsh's first novel. The book has all the usual traits: the gutteral Leith-speak and amorphous internal dialogue; the cause-effect interconnectivity of characters; the digestion and rationalisation of the self-destruction and violence that inevitably seems to consume everyone. It's a dissection of cynicism and depravity, as only Irvine Welsh can perform.
Classic Irvine Welsh henever dissapoints. I highly recomend.