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- Print Length: 364 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st American ed edition (June 17, 1996)
- Publication Date: December 12, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B006LTP9QY
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“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.”
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- Nick Hornby, Sunday Times
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It's interesting to see the perspective of the addict, but if that's what you seek then try Crank by Ellen Hopkins.
Well, so the story itself is a maze of episodes taken from the lives of junkie mates and their friends, narrated primarily by Rents, or Mark Renton. We jump back and forth between scenes of scoring drugs, injecting drugs, withdrawing from drugs, getting on drugs again, all the while revolving around everything that goes with it, HIV infections, sex, violence, death, neglect, you name it, everything under the sun is here, and more, the constant background of moral choice against pure survival. Which outweighs which? We get to see several different perspectives of different characters, most of them colorfully doused with all kinds of human liquid, like puddles of urine, vomit, feces, blood, and everything in between, with rare glimpses of love here and there and this strange soberness that causes them to look up and realize what hole they've sunk into, but only for a moment, before returning back to the needle. The power of language is such that when you raise your head to catch a breath from reading, you're disoriented for a while, not sure where you are and how you got there. The only wish I had was to get back into the book, annoying those around me, perhaps because the topic rung true to me. I've never been on drugs, but I've been suicidal, and maybe that's why I cried. I felt this desire to destroy yourself behind the rage, the anger, the need to escape it all, for not being accepted, for being lonely, for being so numb that the only way to feel something was to get high. You know it's an illusion, but you don't care. Anything goes. it hit me in the gut, this book, and it will hit me again and again, as I plan to reread it. Now I'm off, watching the movie, and I hope you're off to read this book, because you bloody have to.
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The way it skips from character to character throughout the book makes it confusing, there were parts in the book where I didn't have a clue which character it was about.
For me there was only one chapter in the book that had me gripped, for the rest of it I wasn't dying to pick it up and get a hit, ken.
Now to watch the film and see if that makes this rollercoaster of a journey any clearer.
Ah = I
I ken = I know
eywis = always
But do not be put off by this! You will get the hang of of it and soon you will be fluent! The book is narrated by many different characters with each chapter being a sort of short story in itself. A big difference from the film is that there is no real story in the book, the book being more a chain of events not really going anywhere. In the film, a big deal is made of Rents running off with the money but this is not an important part of the book and is only briefly mentioned at the very end. This should not detract from the enjoyment of Trainspotting because instead the reader gets a rich and detailed account of the characters and their lifestyles. A film, no matter how good, could never replicate this. Trainspotting is both shocking and hilarious.
The dialogue takes a little getting used to, and those of you not so familiar with Scottish slang will be hitting Google a fair bit. Some of the more...shall we say... descriptive passages may leave you wanting to put the book down for a bit (there were parts that almost made me retch), but stick with it, it's a brilliant web of life stories, tangled together. There is a sort of...moral...philosophical level too, but try not to over think it. Enjoy the ride.
Once you get to grips with the dialect of the text then it is a great read. If you have seen the film and liked it then I urge you to read the book it wont disappoint.
You have to adjust your mind to the 'Scottish' speak of the book but once you do you can immerse yourselves in the trials and tribulations of Rents, Sick Boy and co.
I forgot how good this book was and it was a great journey down memory lane..