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Irvine Welsh's first novel

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Trainspotting, a novel

  • Jun 15, 2010

A drark but humorous look into the world of a herion addict. The novel tells you the story of Mark Renton (known as Rent or Rent Boy), a Scottish young man and his herion addiction and friends who are deep into the drug scene. It touches on some tough issues, such as death, AIDS, addiction and other illegal activies.
The book takes place in Scotland and focuses on a group of friends, the majority of which are deep into a herion addiction. It revolves around their exploits, including theft, scoring drugs and trying to get clean.  The novel doesn't hesitate to show the disgusting aspects of that kind of life and in fact, shares vivid details.

I recommend this book to fans of the movie and to others who are not easily offended. The book does contain offensive material, such as sex, drug use and profanity. It might be a hard book to get into because it is written in a Scottish brogue. Some words are easier to figure out if you read them out loud.

I feel this book's purpose is to show how disgusting and unsavory the world of drugs is. It doesn't show any glamor and doesn't mince words.

Trainspotting, a novel

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June 15, 2010
I agree, this is a great book, but definitely not for the easily offended!  I really liked reading the Scottish slang in there.  I found it really amusing and was calling guys and gals lads and lasses for the longest time after reading this.  Thank goodness for the glossary in the back (of some editions, at least)!  Thanks for sharing :)
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Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
must read
Quick Tip by . June 27, 2010
Great book, amazing movie!
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
Welsh writes brilliant, stream-os-consciousness dialogue and dives deep inside his characters
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Crazy druggies hehe
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
disturbing and funny
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
life-changing piece... i read it at far too young an age (11 or so). i'm permanently demented over a decade later =D
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Irvine Welsh's controversial first novel, set on the heroin-addicted fringe of working-class youth in Edinburgh, is yet another exploration of the dark side of Scottishness. The main character, Mark Renton, is at the center of a clique of nihilistic slacker junkies with no hopes and no possibilities, and only "mind-numbing and spirit-crushing" alternatives in the straight world they despise. This particular slice of humanity has nothing left but the blackest of humor and a sharpness of wit. American readers can use the glossary in the back to translate the slang and dialect--essential, since the dialogue makes the book. This is a bleak vision sung as musical comedy.
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