Book Reviews of Trainspotting

Author: Irvine Welsh
ISBN-13: 9780749336509
ISBN-10: 0749336501
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 352
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Minerva
Book Type: Paperback
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A great book that gives a much more in depth look than the film. The dialogue can be difficult to read as it's written phonetically in the thick scottish accent but once you get used to it, it goes much faster. This edition also has a handy glossary at the end to help you out.
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Odd low lifes in Edinburgh...a cult sensation.
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I had a real hard time with the language of the book (dialect) but if you are up for a challenge it is very entertaining.
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Great read. A few odd verbs and nouns scattered here and there, strange dialects. But, shite, bollocks to you if you can't understand me accent.
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by Irvine Welsh

Written in phonetic Scottish vernacular, so it takes donks (or is it yonks?) tae raid. And it's first-person narrative from many perspectives, so it's hard to ken which gadge is tellin each chapter--you have to keep an eye (ear?) out for favorite expressions--such as Spud callin gadges "catboy" or Sick Boy's bad Sean Connery impression ("yesh, Shimon")--or hope another character addresses the narrator by name. Set in the late 1980s, Trainspotting is as much about HIV, poverty, racism, sectarian violence, and unemployment as it is about heroin.
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Ok, i liked this book way more than i thought i would. As for the complaints about the Scottish dialogue, it didn't bother me a bit, it's obvious what they're talking about and there's no struggle. The reviews worried me a bit that i would have to struggle to understand it but i think they're a bit exaggerated. I like the pictures of the clips for the scenes. I love Renton. It made me laugh alott which was much needed, i havent read a good book that makes me laugh in awhile.
All in all i def recommend it.

"A group of disaffected Scottish youths turn to heroin to escape the banalities of modern-day existence. Then, they begin to suffer the consequences and discover that there are no easy solutions to the inherent loneliness and pain of life."
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Haven't read this book, it's in brand new condition!