Book Reviews of Trainspotting

Author: Irvine Welsh
ISBN-13: 9780749336509
ISBN-10: 0749336501
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 352
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Publisher: Minerva
Book Type: Paperback
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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.