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Welsh, Irvine (Book - 2002 )
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Brace yourself, America, for Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting—the novel and the film that became the cult sensations of Britain. Trainspotting is the novel that first launched Irvine Welsh's spectacular career—an authentic, unrelenting, and strangely exhilarating episodic group portrait of blasted lives. It accomplished for its own time and place what Hubert Selby, Jr.'s Last Exit to Brooklyn did for his. 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. Trainspotting was made into the 1996 cult film starring Ewan MacGregor and directed by Danny Boyle (A Shallow Grave).
Authors: Welsh, Irvine
Title: Trainspotting
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton,, 2002, c1996
Characteristics: 343 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Irvine Welsh
Notes: "First published as a Norton hardcover 2002"--verso t.p
"First American edition 1996"--verso t.p
Originally published: London : Martin, Secker & Warburg, 1993
ISBN: 0393057240
Branch Call Number: FICTION WELSH 2002
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Report This 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.

Report This 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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