Trainspotting

Trainspotting

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by Irvine Welsh
     
 

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"The best book ever written by man or woman...deserves to sell more copies than the Bible."—Rebel, Inc.  See more details below

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"The best book ever written by man or woman...deserves to sell more copies than the Bible."—Rebel, Inc.

Editorial Reviews

Nick Hornby
Irvine Welsh writes with skill, wit, and compassion that amounts to genius. He is the best thing that has happened to British writing in decades. -- Sunday Times
From the Publisher
“A novel perpetually in a starburst of verbal energy – a vernacular spectacular…the stories we hear are retched from the gullet.”
Scotland on Sunday

“One of the most original writers in Britain. He writes with style, imagination, wit and force.”
— Nick Hornby, Times Literary Supplement

Jane Mendelsohn - New Republic
“The language in Trainspotting is... exhilarating once you get the hang of it, and finally poetic in its complications.... Literary in the best sense, using language at every level to tell a story.”
New York Times Book Review
“Blisteringly funny.... Don't abandon everything for the movie. It's worth making the effort with Trainspotting ?not merely because relatively few writers have rummaged through this particular enclave of British youth culture, but because even fewer have dug there so deeply.”
Times Out
“It is funny, unflinchingly abrasive, authentic, and inventive, unerringly on—and off—the pulse. It is a true cult, the kind of novel you press on perfect strangers. It validates a world fiction hasn't recognized before.”
Nick Hornby - Sunday Times
“Irvine Welsh writes with skill, wit, and compassion that amounts to genius. He is the best thing that has happened to British writing in decades.”
Times Literary Supplement
“Irvine Welsh may become one 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.”
David Foster Wallace
“Irvine Welsh is the real thing—a marvelous admixture of nihilism and heartbreak, pinpoint realism (especially in dialect and tone) and almost archetypal universality.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393057249
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Pages:
340
Sales rank:
638,274
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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David Foster Wallace
Irvine Welsh is the real thing -- a marvelous mixture of nihilism and heartbreak, pinpoint realism (especially in dialect and tone), and an archetypal universality.
From the Publisher
“A novel perpetually in a starburst of verbal energy – a vernacular spectacular…the stories we hear are retched from the gullet.”
Scotland on Sunday

“One of the most original writers in Britain. He writes with style, imagination, wit and force.”
— Nick Hornby, Times Literary Supplement

Meet the Author

Irvine Welsh is the author of seven works of fiction. Film rights for Porno have been sold to the company that made Trainspotting. He lives in San Francisco.

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Trainspotting 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I read this book, that was it!! I was a fan of Welsh's forever. This book goes deeper than detailed in the movie of the life of the charaters and tells how rotten, skaggy, and different they really are. Drugs are a big chunk of it, but deeply opens up what really happens to people while on them & not. Told in a true Scotish way, which will take a while at first, but once you've gotten the hang of it, the read is very, very, very well worth it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really hate it when I see a movie that is really outstanding and then I find out that it was a book as well. I always end up reading the book because I enjoy the fullness of character that a movie just can't provide. After reading the book I found Mark Rentons character to be dynamic and real. I can't remember the last time I read a book where I knew the character so intemitly. The book also contains a subchapter entitled 'Bad Blood' that is out of place and fits perfectly at the same time; a would be outstanding short story. All in all I would invest time to at least the movie or the book, but they are both outstanding.