Trainspotting

Trainspotting

by Irvine Welsh

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ISBN-13: 9780393057249
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 309,943
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Irvine Welsh is the best-selling author of Trainspotting, Ecstasy, Glue, Porno, Filth, Marabou Stork Nightmares, The Acid House, Skagboys, and, most recently, A Decent Ride. He currently lives in Chicago. T2 Trainspotting was first published as Porno.

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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

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Trainspotting 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 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.
bobbolls1 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I loved this book. The language is fun to read and despite the sad and pathetic lives that the drugs have driven these people into, the players make some very insightful and introspective thoughts.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing 2 days ago
The posters advertising the film were all over the London Underground when I was working there nearly 20 years ago. Though I never saw the film, I approached the book with some trepidation many years later, those images still in my mind. I expected something bleak, tough to read, a bit depressing. I was wrong - this is laugh-out-loud funny, and once you get your head around its fragmented structure, and the shifting narrative voice, it's a gripping tale, fundamentally following one man's attempts to get off hard drugs. There were many many dark sections - the haunting visions experienced by the main character when he goes 'cold turkey' for example, but these are set against some superb humour (the Neil Diamond medley comes to mind straight away). The book is written entirely in Scottish dialect, which can be a bit difficult to follow, but puts a Scottish accent in your head right away. It also boasts perhaps the highest c-word count of any book I have read to date.
JoelvdWeele on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Great book. No moralism, but great tragedy and hilarious fun, often served simultaneously.
kawgirl on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This book is written in Scottish, which means you may have to read it aloud to understand the text. The book is far supperior to the movie, which I saw after reading the book. An interesting and disturbing read, though it might take a little extra work to understand.
hippietrail on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Unlike the other Irvine Welsh books I've read (or tried to read), I couldn't put this down. It's one of my favourites.
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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.