Welsh, Irvine

Book - 2002
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A jarring, fragmented ride through the dark underbelly of Edinburgh, the festival city. There is not an advocate, a festival performer or a fur coat in sight as, with bitter passion and rancid humour, Welsh lays bare the lives of this ill-starred bunch of addicts, alcoholics and no-hopers.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2002, c1996
ISBN: 9780393057249
Branch Call Number: FICTION WELSH 2002
Characteristics: 343 p. ;,22 cm


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Brace yourself for €”an authentic, unrelenting, and strangely exhilarating episodic group portrait of blasted lives. Rents, Sick Boy, Mother Superior, Swanney, Spuds, and Seeker are as unforgettable a clutch of junkies, rude boys, and psychos as readers will ever encounter. (Also a movie starrin... Read More »

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Aug 04, 2014
  • VirgilCane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was so sad when I finished this book. But luckily I came late in the game and the pure brilliant Welsh had written a prequel and sequel since it's inception. I was a lucky man and found Skagboys to be even more likable than this one. I have now set out on a totally rewarding journey to read all of Welsh's works. In a lifetime of terrible decisions this has been one of my better moves.

Feb 15, 2011
  • daymakerdave rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I read this from the Irvine Welsh Omnibus. Welsh's stuff is fun and tricky to read. All of his material is written in a phonetic style. The thick accents are impossible not to "hear" in your head. Every time I read a Welsh book, I think in a sort of Scottish/English accent for weeks after.

Oct 22, 2009
  • unreg_69632563 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Usually when i finish reading a book i have the pleasurable feeling of having completed something and the excited anticipation of starting my next read. Occasionally (very rarely), this glib feeling is replaced by a real sadness. By the realization that you won't get to have any more new time with these characters. That you can re-read the book a hundred times but there will be no more original moments. And I finish the book with the sad realization that I am going to miss these characters, whether I liked them or not.

This is one of those books.


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