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Trainspotting The bestselling novel by Irvine Welsh that provided the inspiration for Danny Boyle s hit film Choose us Choose life Choose mortgage payments choose washing machines choose cars choose sitting oan a couch watching mind numbing and spirit crushing game shows, stuffing fuckin junk food intae yir mooth Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total fuckin embarrassment tae the selfish, fucked up brats ye ve produced Choose life

  • Paperback
  • 430 pages
  • Trainspotting
  • Irvine Welsh
  • English
  • 14 September 2019
  • 0099465892

About the Author: Irvine Welsh

Probably most famous for his gritty depiction of a gang of Scottish Heroin addicts, Trainspotting 1993 , Welsh focuses on the darker side of human nature and drug use All of his novels are set in his native Scotland and filled with anti heroes, small time crooks and hooligans Welsh manages, however to imbue these characters with a sad humanity that makes them likable despite their obvious scumbaggerry Irvine Welsh is also known for writing in his native Edinburgh Scots dialect, making his prose challenging for the average reader unfamiliar with this style.



10 thoughts on “Trainspotting

  1. says:

    Fuck me insensible Oh ya cunt, ya Ah dinnae watch the movie, bit ma heid s spinnin fae readin this shite, ah kin fuckin tell ye The book s no novel mair a collection ay short stories, likesay, aboot a bunch ay Scot junkies The cunts go aroond, fartin n shitein n shootin smack The book is written in the Scottish dialect, sortay like whit ah m tryin tae imitate, ken whit ah mean It wisnnae easy fe us tae git intae it It made us scoobied aboot whit the cunts were sayin, likesay, bit after Fuck me insensible Oh ya cunt, ya Ah dinnae watch the movie, bit ma heid s spinnin fae readin this shite, ah kin fuckin tell ye The book s no novel mair a collection ay short stories, likesay, aboot a bunch ay Scot junkies The cunts go aroond, fartin n shitein n shootin smack The book is written in the Scottish dialect, sortay like whit ah m tryin tae imitate, ken whit ah mean It wisnnae easy fe us tae git intae it It made us scoobied aboot whit the cunts were sayin, likesay, bit after a while it became very enjoyable, ken There s like a hundred cunts in ivry paragraph ay this book, bit it doesnnae mean bad Ivrybody jist caws ivrybody a cunt no offense meant or taken, likesay Bit nivir caw a lassie a cunt thit shite is sexist Ah dinnae see no glossary at the end ay the book, like some people here say Ah thoat ma livin in London fe mair thin a year wid help us wi the dialect, bit ah d be fucked if it did Ah d be the last foreign cunt tae pit doon the Queen s English, likesay, bit truth be telt, ah cannae understand iny cunt if they re fae iniwhair north ay Birmingham Jist the other night this pished cunt came tae us in a bar, talkin shite Ah asks um whair he s fae He sais Sheffield I sais tae um thit ah saw Full Monty, which wis filmed in Sheffield, n ah dinnae understand inything Ah wis jist bein a polite cunt, likesay, tellin um indirectly tae speak posh tae us He sais, awright, ah speak posh tae ye, ye American cunt Bit he wis a good cunt He telt us a few good jokes thit made us spill ma pish Ah should go there some day The cunt telt us thit the pish gits cheaper n the burds git easier the further north ye go, ken whit ah mean Life is mundane n depressin, bit sae whit Pittin poison intae yir body is a load ay shite, only good fe cowardly cunts Choose life

  2. says:

    I must have read the first page of Trainspottingthan twenty times since purchasing the book years ago, and each time I would put it back in fear of all the Scottish dialect There s no point lying, this is a challenging novel, sometimes you have to read things twice or pause to think about them to fully understand what s being said But, unlike a lot of books that are difficult to read, this was ultimately rewarding and once you get used to the slang words it becomes a very gritty, moving I must have read the first page of Trainspottingthan twenty times since purchasing the book years ago, and each time I would put it back in fear of all the Scottish dialect There s no point lying, this is a challenging novel, sometimes you have to read things twice or pause to think about them to fully understand what s being said But, unlike a lot of books that are difficult to read, this was ultimately rewarding and once you get used to the slang words it becomes a very gritty, moving and funny read.Trainspotting is a story about a bunch of Scottish heroin addicts Rents, Sick Boy others , it s about the dregs of society and it s about prostitutes If you don t like reading about these kind of people, you won t like the book If you have problems with the C word, you definitely won t like this book It s told in several short stories that switch between first and third person narrative and switch between character point of views Many of my usual rules have been broken for this book I don t like multiple perspectives, I don t like spending time deciphering the text, I don t like sentences that are made up of profanities But all of those factors come together to make a great novel in this rare case.All the characters are oddly likeable in a way, which really says something to me about the author s talent as a writer Even though they are morally questionable individuals with an ocean of problems, they have a very dark and hilarious sense of humour, and it is this colour and vivacity that makes it all theheartbreaking when Rents loses his close friends to HIV and other illnesses.It won t suit everyone, Trainspotting is about the people at the bottom of the pile who get easily written off as hopeless and a waste of space, but Welsh gives a sense of humanity to these addicts, he makes them people with unique characteristics and personal struggles that we can offer sympathy to I m just sorry I put it off for so long

  3. says:

    Choose mainstream Choose cheap ebooks that won t challenge you, stretch you, change you or otherwise fuck with your mind Choose YA and chicklit and bland massproduced airport thrillers with sanitised violence and the kind of sex you re sure you can get from a random stranger you picked up half an hour ago when you were both pretending to be too drunk to know what you were doing Choose to ignore anything unexpected or transgressive including but not limited to Plato, Dante, Chaucer, Shakespear Choose mainstream Choose cheap ebooks that won t challenge you, stretch you, change you or otherwise fuck with your mind Choose YA and chicklit and bland massproduced airport thrillers with sanitised violence and the kind of sex you re sure you can get from a random stranger you picked up half an hour ago when you were both pretending to be too drunk to know what you were doing Choose to ignore anything unexpected or transgressive including but not limited to Plato, Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Newton, Voltaire, Flaubert, Einstein, Joyce, Proust, Dirac, Sartre and the New Testament If possible, choose not even to have heard of them Choose to vote for the dishonest political party whose mindless focus group tested slogan appeared most often in your fucking Facebook feed on your fucking iPhone which you touch or swipe an average of 2600 times a day Choose to develop Alzheimers and fall asleep while rereading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on your fucking Kindle and never wake up But why would I want to do a thing like that I chose not to choose mainstream I chose something else And the reasons There are no reasons Who needs reasons when you ve got real books

  4. says:

    As seen on The ReadventurerThis is why I love reading challenges they allow me to discover books I would have never picked up on my own Let s face it, would I ever intentionally seek a book about Scottish low lives junkies, thugs, and prostitutes Don t think so But alas, the fate threw Welsh s Trainspotting my way and I ate it up like hot cakes Trainspotting is a collection of short stories narrating scenes in the lives of a Skag Boys skag heroin Rents, Sick Boy, Begsbie, Spud, As seen on The ReadventurerThis is why I love reading challenges they allow me to discover books I would have never picked up on my own Let s face it, would I ever intentionally seek a book about Scottish low lives junkies, thugs, and prostitutes Don t think so But alas, the fate threw Welsh s Trainspotting my way and I ate it up like hot cakes Trainspotting is a collection of short stories narrating scenes in the lives of a Skag Boys skag heroin Rents, Sick Boy, Begsbie, Spud, and various people around them their families, lovers, drug suppliers, partners in crime, or victims Mark Renton Rents isor less is the protagonist, this is mostly his story, even though the stories are written from multiple points of view in 1st and 3rd person The majority of them is also narrated in Scottish dialect, so some initial effort to understand is required.The best thing about this book is that it takes you on a roller coaster ride it takes you from revulsion to uncontrollable boasts of laughter to tears of compassion Considering that every other word in this book is a profanity, I think Irvine Welsh has talent Trainspotting starts off as a rather repulsive read within the first 10 pages Rents is fishing out the drugs that he has just rectally ingested out of the filthy overflowing public toilet The repulsive factor doesn t really go away as the story progresses, we are faced with psychopath Begsbie who is extremely abusive to everyone around him, including his girlfriends, or Sick Boy who is very popular with women and at some point becomes a pimp of a few of them, or Rents himself, who drunkenly has sex with a 14 year old girl or shags his dead brother s pregnant fiance in the bathroom during his funeral The list goes on and on But the thing is, in spite of all these depravities, Skag Boys are strangely relatable and, dare I say it, often likable They are losers and addicts and criminals, but their emotional and moral struggles are real.The book is, although very dark, at the same time hilarious, it is filled with Rents sarcastic humor This quote from the scene can give you a good taste of the writing.Here Rents is held by his parents under the house arrest They are attempting to get him off the heroin, Rents mom is trying to feed himThe auld girl sticks us in the comfy chair by the fire in front ay the telly, and puts a tray oan ma lap Ah m convulsing inside anyway, but the mince looks revolting Ah ve telt ye ah dinnae eat meat Ma, ah sais Ye eywis liked yer mince and tatties potatoes That s whair ye ve gone wrong son, no eating the right thing Ye need meat.Now there is apparently a casual link between heroin addiction and vegetarianism In the latter part Trainspotting is no longer a repulsively hilarious read, it gets darker and darker, as we follow the fates of Rents many friends, and it s not pretty too many of them are dying from HIV from sharing needles, from cancer, gangrene, heart attacks Seeing this many deaths, 25 year old Rents attempts to kick his habit over and over again, but will he and his friends succeed I think Trainspotting is a remarkable read and I will definitely readof Welsh s work But is this book for everybody Absolutely not It is filled with human depravities, profanity, and written in Scottish dialect This will turn off many readers But if you are looking for a challenging in many ways read, give Trainspotting a try You won t be disappointed.Reading challenge 13 transgressive

  5. says:

    Everything you heard about this book is true It will not only melt your face, but also the faces of anyone in the same room as you Be prepared for a deluge of c words from page one to page last, be prepared for a detailed account of a bunch of lively Scottish junkies scuffling and waiting for their man and spiking up and all of that This is offensiveness which achieves transcendence There are scenes which will make you will drop your jaw so far you ll have to spend half an hour looking for i Everything you heard about this book is true It will not only melt your face, but also the faces of anyone in the same room as you Be prepared for a deluge of c words from page one to page last, be prepared for a detailed account of a bunch of lively Scottish junkies scuffling and waiting for their man and spiking up and all of that This is offensiveness which achieves transcendence There are scenes which will make you will drop your jaw so far you ll have to spend half an hour looking for it it fell off and rolled under the bed You will guffaw in public, stuff may emit forcefully from your nasal region Yes, the first ten or 15 pages will be tough tough tough like Clockwork Orange since it s written in the language of Scottish junkies Bit et s nae bother Hack your way through the first few pages and you ll be hurtling along, larfing and barfing, lurching and hurling, all the way to the sticky end Apparently some people find the title of the book obscure Especially if they only see the extremely watered down but still pretty good film Sometimes the notorious psycho Begbie decides after the pub shuts to go to the station and find anyone who s unfortunate enough to be waiting for a train and give them a random vicious beating In a spirit of fun he calls that trainspotting

  6. says:

    Probably the most famous passage from the book Whin yir oan junk, aw ye worry about is scorin Oaf the gear, ye worry aboot loads ay things Nae money, cannae git pished Goat money, drinkin too much Cannae git a burd, nae chance ay a ride git a burd, too much hassle, canne breathe withoot her gitten oan yir case Either that, or ye blow it, and feel aw guilty Ye worry aboot bills, food bailiffs, these Jambo Nazi scum beatin us, aw the things that ye couldnae gie a fuck aboot whin yuv goat Probably the most famous passage from the book Whin yir oan junk, aw ye worry about is scorin Oaf the gear, ye worry aboot loads ay things Nae money, cannae git pished Goat money, drinkin too much Cannae git a burd, nae chance ay a ride git a burd, too much hassle, canne breathe withoot her gitten oan yir case Either that, or ye blow it, and feel aw guilty Ye worry aboot bills, food bailiffs, these Jambo Nazi scum beatin us, aw the things that ye couldnae gie a fuck aboot whin yuv goat a real junk habit Yuv just goat one thing tae worry aboot The simplicity ay it aw Ken whit ah mean Rento stops to give his jaws another grind I ve read this book three times now Once during high school, once during college, and once as an adult Reading this book feels like going home It makes me believe that really great books can be found anywhere In some ways I feel the book is a product of the 80s, but I remember it as an essential part of the 90s For some reason, the Renton s mates seem like the most universal set of characters in the world Everyone has one friend who is a lady killer like Sick Boy, a good hearted man like Spud, a stalwart like Tommy, and an absolute bastard like Begby As for Mark, well, he is the dude most likely to be the one narrating the tale I sensitive, never do weller who is too sensitive for his own good Who of us hasn t had these problems who of us hasn t had friends like these who us hasn t wanted an escape from the tedium of modern life Others on goodreads have analyzed the novel from a writerly perspective I wonder how the book got published because it is a bad book, but because it is so uniquely good that you only realize how good it is by investing your time in reading it again and again and learning the slang if you don t know Scottish dialect The book seems to be authentic because it doesn t try too hard to be something it s not Perhaps that s the message for writers reading this book be who you are as a writer, for good or ill, and hopefully it will all work Or, you can just give up writing and live a normal, happy, healthy life Whin yir off the writing, all you think about is writing Oan the writing, ye worry aboot loads ay things Nae money, cannae git an agent Goat an agent, won t return your calls Cannae git a publisher, nae chance ay a making it Git a publisher, too much hassle, canne breathe withoot them gitten oan yir case Either that, or ye blow it, and feel aw guilty Ye worry aboot bills these effete critics beatin us, aw the things that ye couldnaegie a fuck aboot whin yuv given up the writing

  7. says:

    I m a little confused about why I d had the other edition reviewed, when I didn t read the John Hodge after movie version delete, delete, delete If I hadn t seen the movie first, I probably wouldn t have even tried reading the book because the language difference is not the most accommodating to read in print The writing works for the people, place, and lifestyle that s being shown, but it s definitely easier to understand when you have the movie to refer to in your mind I will say that afte I m a little confused about why I d had the other edition reviewed, when I didn t read the John Hodge after movie version delete, delete, delete If I hadn t seen the movie first, I probably wouldn t have even tried reading the book because the language difference is not the most accommodating to read in print The writing works for the people, place, and lifestyle that s being shown, but it s definitely easier to understand when you have the movie to refer to in your mind I will say that after a few pages it did get easier, once I started to figure out which words meant what.If you missed out on this movie back in the mid 90 s, here s a basic rundown Heroin addicts struggle to live life while fighting their addiction The movie and book is gritty, bleak, raunchy, sexy, funny, and heartbreaking This paragraph sums it up in a better way than I m capable of Syringe, needle, spoon, candle, lighter, packet ay powder It s all okay, it s all beautiful but ah fear that this internal sea is gaunnae subside soon, leaving this poisonous shire washed up, stranded up in ma body Ah start tae cook up another shot As ah shakily hand the spoon ower the candle, waitin for the junk tae dissolve, ah thinkshort term sea,long term poison This thought though, is naewhere near sufficient tae stop us fae daein what ah huv tae dae.After finishing my read and watching the movie again, I will say that this story is one I ll never forget The movie came along when I was in a period of my life where I needed to have some things pounded into my head and Trainspotting was a reference point for all things which I needed to remind myself to stay away from I laughed, I cried, I almost lost my lunchhow s that for a story

  8. says:

    Trainspotting Mark Renton 2 , Irvine WelshTrainspotting focuses on the lives of a group of friends from Leith, Edinburgh, three of which are deep into a heroin addiction The novel is split up into seven sections the first six contain multiple chapters of varying length and differing focus The novel s origins in short fiction are still visible though no segment or chapter is wholly independent of the others The majority of the stories are narrated by the novel s central protagonist, Mark Re Trainspotting Mark Renton 2 , Irvine WelshTrainspotting focuses on the lives of a group of friends from Leith, Edinburgh, three of which are deep into a heroin addiction The novel is split up into seven sections the first six contain multiple chapters of varying length and differing focus The novel s origins in short fiction are still visible though no segment or chapter is wholly independent of the others The majority of the stories are narrated by the novel s central protagonist, Mark Renton 2018 1396 466 9789644084744 1398 20

  9. says:

    I actually quite enjoyed this book though some parts of it were really hard to take There s a lot of vulgarity, sex and violence, but the book also talks about some important issues, such as Scottish nationalism, HIV AIDS, drug use there s a LOT of drug use , racism in the UK and the problems in Northern Ireland The characters are quite colourful and interesting, I think they are well developed.The book was quite philosophical and witty at times, though mainly from a misanthropic viewpoint Th I actually quite enjoyed this book though some parts of it were really hard to take There s a lot of vulgarity, sex and violence, but the book also talks about some important issues, such as Scottish nationalism, HIV AIDS, drug use there s a LOT of drug use , racism in the UK and the problems in Northern Ireland The characters are quite colourful and interesting, I think they are well developed.The book was quite philosophical and witty at times, though mainly from a misanthropic viewpoint This was definitely a tough book to stomach, especially with the vivid way violence of all kinds is portrayed I do appreciate Welsh introducing a subculture I know next to nothing about I will probably be reading the sequel to this book in the near future

  10. says:

    I love the movie so much, I didn t think this book could be better than the movie Oh, but it is Review to come, because I need to process what I ve just read P.S I m attempting to review the book in phonetic Scots, it s immensely difficult.

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