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Trainspotting Paperback – June 17, 1996

4.4 out of 5 stars 427 ratings
Book 2 of 3: Mark Renton series

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Irvine Welsh's controversial first novel, set on the heroin-addicted fringe of working-class youth in Edinburgh, is yet another exploration of the dark side of Scottishness. The main character, Mark Renton, is at the center of a clique of nihilistic slacker junkies with no hopes and no possibilities, and only "mind-numbing and spirit-crushing" alternatives in the straight world they despise. This particular slice of humanity has nothing left but the blackest of humor and a sharpness of wit. American readers can use the glossary in the back to translate the slang and dialect--essential, since the dialogue makes the book. This is a bleak vision sung as musical comedy.

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“The language in Trainspotting is... exhilarating once you get the hang of it, and finally poetic in its complications.... Literary in the best sense, using language at every level to tell a story.”
- Jane Mendelsohn, New Republic

“Blisteringly funny.... Don't abandon everything for the movie. It's worth making the effort with Trainspotting not merely because relatively few writers have rummaged through this particular enclave of British youth culture, but because even fewer have dug there so deeply.”
- New York Times Book Review

“It is funny, unflinchingly abrasive, authentic, and inventive, unerringly on―and off―the pulse. It is a true cult, the kind of novel you press on perfect strangers. It validates a world fiction hasn't recognized before.”
- Times Out

“Irvine Welsh writes with skill, wit, and compassion that amounts to genius. He is the best thing that has happened to British writing in decades.”
- Nick Hornby, Sunday Times

“Irvine Welsh may become one of the most significant writers in Britain. He writes with style, imagination, wit, and force, and in a voice which those alienated by much current fiction clearly want to hear.”
- Times Literary Supplement

“Irvine Welsh is the real thing―a marvelous admixture of nihilism and heartbreak, pinpoint realism (especially in dialect and tone) and almost archetypal universality.”
- David Foster Wallace

Product details

  • Item Weight : 10.6 ounces
  • Paperback : 348 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780393314809
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0393314809
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; 1st American ed Edition (June 17, 1996)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 0393314804
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 427 ratings
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