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Trainspotting (Mark Renton #2)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  109,974 Ratings  ·  2,008 Reviews
"Trainspotting" to portret grupy przyjaciół, młodych Szkotów, ćpunów, świrów, a przy tym ludzi wrażliwych i na swój specyficzny sposób inteligentnych. Zarzucano Welshowi, że gloryfikuje narkomanię. Istotnie, główny bohater powieści Mark Renton wychwala heroinowego kopa pod niebiosa, a autor wydaje się patrzyć na świat oczami swoich bohaterów i opisywać go ich językiem. Ale ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Vis-a-Vis Etiuda (first published 1993)
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Alicia I'd go for Trainspotting, Skagboys is a prequel, but it was written afterwards. Although I haven't read Skagboys yet, I just finished Trainspotting…moreI'd go for Trainspotting, Skagboys is a prequel, but it was written afterwards. Although I haven't read Skagboys yet, I just finished Trainspotting and would highly recommend.
I'm not sure if Skagboys will refer forward to events or not, but it very well might be useful to have read the 'main event' first. (less)
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Aug 16, 2008 Jafar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Emily May
Mar 04, 2011 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, contemporary
I must have read the first page of Trainspotting more than 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 ...more
Mar 29, 2010 Tatiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are not easily scared off by junkies, profanity, and Scottish dialect.
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This 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,
Paul Bryant
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 ...more
Daniel Clausen
Sep 25, 2013 Daniel Clausen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-books
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 ...more
Gianfranco Mancini

“Scegli la vita. Scegli il mutuo da pagare, la lavatrice, la macchina; scegli di startene seduto su un divano a guardare i giochini alla televisione, a distruggerti il cervello e l'anima, a riempirti la pancia di porcherie che ti avvelenano. Scegli di marcire in un ospizio, cacandoti e pisciandoti sotto, cazzo, per la gioia di quegli stronzi egoisti e fottuti che hai messo al mondo.”

“Beh, io invece scelgo di non sceglierla, la vita. E se quei coglioni non sanno come prenderla, una cosa del gener
Jan 31, 2017 Poonam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy Read with Murugesh.

This is the first time I am reading a book that involves Drug Addiction. It does not just involve Drug addiction but that is the center theme of the story.

The writing is a bit different and most of the chapters are written in Scottish dialect and I had to actually go and re-read sentences many times! The narrator changes with each chapter, and at first it was difficult to follow whose point of view we are reading.
But as the book progresses, just by looking at the langu
May 02, 2012 Rowena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!

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.
Stacia (the 2010 club)
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
Lucy Banks
Feb 18, 2017 Lucy Banks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've actually read this book several times (as it never fails to wow me) - when the original film came out, I remember rushing to the book shop in a frenzy to go and buy it... now I'm showing my age!

Irvine Welsh is such a fabulous writer - visceral, searingly truthful and highly amusing in places. I thought he hit the Scottish brogue just right with his dialogue, and the characters were so convincingly conveyed...I defy anyone not to fall in love with the hapless Spud! (Just beware when you rea
Asghar Abbas
Oct 13, 2015 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Best Scottish thing ever. If you can read, as in just read this, then you are my hero. It's written in pure Scottish dialect.

And it's movie gave us a young Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Jo Woolfardis
Read as part of the Infinite Variety 2016 Reading Challenge based on the BBC's Big Read poll.

A series of short stories, from various drug-fuelled view points in 90s Scotland that together make up a vivid and dire account of some Scottish junkies, the lowest of the low, who don't want to own a washing machine and watching game shows.

I only made my way to about half way. I do get the point, or the non-point, of this book, I do. But I didn't like it. I disliked the whole of it and I couldn't bring
In questo libro ho letto:
1357 volte la parola “cazzo”
595 volte la parola “coglione/coglioni”
163 volte la parola “stronzo”
97 volte la parola “palle”

Dunque, se volessi limitare il lessico a quello ampiamente privilegiato dall’autore, il massimo di recensione che potrei scrivere sarebbe: “Ma che due palle, cazzo … ne ho pieni i coglioni di leggere quel che fanno ‘sti stronzi!”

Oddio, non sarebbe granché come recensione, ma avrebbe innegabilmente il dono della sintesi. Ma, ça va sans dire, non la scr
Edward Lorn
DNF at 2%. I tried reading the book, but couldn't understand over half of the language. Tried listening to it and couldn't understand half of the narration. The film is fantastic, one of my favorites, but I'm just not capable of translating the vernacular of the text. This is my bad.

I decline to rate because this is definitely my problem and no problem with the book. Bitching about not being able to read this book would be like bitching about not being able to read a book in Japanese because I
Phèdre Banshee
Mar 15, 2017 Phèdre Banshee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recensioni
Quando c’è aria di tempesta ogni porto è buono, e me la sento, la tempesta che m’infuria in corpo, dietro la maschera che ho in faccia.

Una provocazione a più livelli, uno spaccato del mondo della droga, uno scorcio marcio dietro la facciata patinata e infiocchettata di una nazione, un viaggio crudo e oscuro nella mente umana. Senza sconti.
Non vuole insegnare nulla, è solo una voce sotto forma di pagine che pretende di essere ascoltata.
«Beh, magari qualcuno a posto c’è rimasto» dice Jane, qu
I haven't got time to write a review so I'll just say Trainspotting is an amazing book. Great movie, too.
Matt Algiers
Oct 29, 2009 Matt Algiers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern, favorites
I love this novel. I've read it three times, and I never re-read books. What surprised me at the first reading of this book was how disjointed it was when compared to the movie. Only a fraction of the chapters are represented in the film version, and several characters are missing completely. I learned that each chapter was actually a short story and Trainspotting itself was merely a collection. However,I found that the book characters were much more engaging and human. It seemed that each one ...more
I watched the movie first years ago and absolutely love it even to these days, the book itself is almost just as good although the book's ending is a bit weak when comparing to the movie's ending. I love how Irvine Welsh weaved his sharp, cutting observation of the 1980 to 1990 Scotland society and the teens' subculture into his sassy tale about coming of age, trust and friendship for a bunch of up-to-no-good drug addicted teenagers. And it's one of my most favorite coming of age tales of all ti ...more
Jul 19, 2017 Chiara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Se fosse un quadro, sarebbe del viscido e melmoso vomito sparato con forza su una vista di Edimburgo.

Se fosse musica, sarebbe piuttosto un agghiacciante stridore metallico schiaffato in mezzo ad una melodia armoniosa. Di quei rumori sbagliati, quelli che ti fanno coprire le orecchie.

Se fosse un film... beh, c'è già un film, e va benissimo vedersi quello, senza presentazioni.

Questo è Trainspotting; onesto (come l'ero), sbagliato (come la vita), bellissimo (come l'imperfezione di Rents).
Lavinia Zamfir
This book is definitely a masterpiece, succeeding into portraying the junkie life as close to reality as possible. I had a great time reading it, I even enjoyed the Scottish dialect and the bad words. If I had to choose a word to describe Trainspotting, it would be art; you get to know the characters, to understand what they are going through and to feel their pain, their reality. You get to see them struggle, trying to escape their addiction but eventually going back to the good old needle. The ...more
Arax Miltiadous
'Death is more of a process rather than an event...'
that's what Reds think ... and all the book is a description of an optional reality.. Optional yes, but so real..
i like Irving Welsh... he use sarcasm and black humor to approach all the 'difficult' complex matters .
Dark but colorful !
Jan 29, 2011 T4ncr3d1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inglesi
Trainspotting è uno di quei rari casi (rari, ma affatto unici) in cui la trasposizione cinematografica piace di più o almeno riscuote maggior successo del romanzo originale. La cosa curiosa è che la distanza del prodotto cinematografico rispetto all'originale, che spesso comporta un giudizio alquanto negativo, in certi casi, come questo, ribalta la situazione: insomma, di Trainspotting mi è piaciuto mille volte di più il film, perché probabilmente è un'altra cosa rispetto al libro. Del romanzo o ...more
Jan 09, 2008 Kirstie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in politics just as much as the human condition.
I imagine when people hear the title of this book, they immediately think something scene. As if it's the story of a bunch of junkies in Scotland. The thing is about Welsh is that the culture of the people who live on these streets is really a grand metaphor for all kinds of political criticisms and systems. It has to do with the relationship of the Scottish to their own gov't as well as their relationship with Ireland and England. At the same time, these points may be easy to miss when mired wi ...more
Aug 29, 2007 Smokinjbc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Irvine Welsh fans
Shelves: trainspotters
Those that know me are aware that I've never seriously (and can count on two fingers how often) done any serious drugs- the worse I 've tried was weed and it did absolutely nothing for me except make me feel like I was choking to death. So.. why the attraction of Irvine Welsh's lovely books? They are anything but lovely, more like a trip down into the sewer but they are still, to my ears anyways, gorgeous in the dialogue, characterizations and most of all, the original, frantic storylines. Who ...more
Alejandra Arévalo
Una visión muy distinta de Edimburgo: soez, ridícula, drogadicta, violenta, futbolera y portadora de VIH.Todo eso hace que la lectura sea un puñetazo en la cara de esos que necesitas de vez en cuando.
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 embarrrassment tae the selfish, fucked-up brats ye've produced. Choose life. Well, ah choose no tae choose life. If the cunts cannae handle that, it's thair fuckin problem." (187-188)

Trainspotting is the story of
Ksenia Anske
Jan 10, 2014 Ksenia Anske rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If you ever told me I'd cry reading this book, I'd be like, what? I've seen the movie, you see, a long time ago. But I did. I cried like a baby. I cried at a part in the middle of the book, the part that starts off the movie, the famous words of "Choose life. Choose…" Well, in case you haven't read the book and haven't seen the movie, you'll get what I mean, once you do both. I'm actually about to jump into re-watching the movie again, now that I'm done reading. And, WOW. Just, WOW. This is not ...more
Jan 04, 2013 Mei-Lu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In his appearance on In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg, philosopher and writer Roger Scruton, author of An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Culture, sniffed at Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting: "It's so badly written that I would call it an unsuccessful attempt to elevate to the level of high culture... If you compare his 'scotified' dialogue with Sir Walter himself you would see how badly written it is." In 1993, Trainspotting was longlisted for the Booker Prize. But, according to Wikipedia, it was ...more
May 02, 2017 Léa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tout d'abord, si vous n'avez jamais vu le film, Trainspotting c'est l'histoire de quatre amis d'enfance qui vivent dans un quartier pourri d'Edimbourg, qui picolent, qui volent, qui se droguent et qui tentent de survivre comme ils peuvent dans cette société.

Je connaissais déjà l'histoire pour avoir été initiée au film par mon père pendant mes années lycée, puis pour l'avoir reregardé ensuite à la fac et pour avoir affiché le poster "Choose life" dans mon appart, et l'avoir encore reregardé avant
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“Choose a life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers... Choose DSY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit crushing game shows, stucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away in the end of it all, pishing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourself, choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that?” 1024 likes
“We start off with high hopes, then we bottle it. We realise that we’re all going to die, without really finding out the big answers. We develop all those long-winded ideas which just interpret the reality of our lives in different ways, without really extending our body of worthwhile knowledge, about the big things, the real things. Basically, we live a short disappointing life; and then we die. We fill up our lives with shite, things like careers and relationships to delude ourselves that it isn’t all totally pointless.” 392 likes
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