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Trainspotting: A Screenplay (Based on the Novel by Irvine Welsh)

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Set in the underbelly of Edinburgh, Trainspotting is a story inhabited by a galaxy of immensely colorful characters -- liars, thieves, junkies -- people whose habits, emotions, and stories will leave an indelible imprint on the reader's mind.
Paperback, Screenplay, 123 pages
Published July 19th 1996 by Miramax Books (first published 1996)
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Apr 16, 2012 Jonesmikey rated it did not like it
It's not the original. Irving Welsh wrote the original. This is written by the screenwriter of the movie. Don't even pick this up, I never did. Read the Irving Welsh. Reading this is like reading the novelization of "Big Lebowski" or "Caddyshack." Read a book turned into a movie, not a movie turned into a book.
Oct 04, 2009 Bethany rated it really liked it
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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 rec
Jul 23, 2014 Trisha rated it liked it
This is the first screenplay I've read, so I don't know how it compares to other screenplays. I watched this movie eight or nine years ago at a friend's house. I liked it so much I purchased the movie the next day.

The screenplay runs along a similar storyline as what made it to the film. And if I hadn't watched the film, I don't know if I would have been lost like other readers have said. While reading I remember just how great the movie was and how well the actors executed their characters. It
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Feb 27, 2008 Victory Wong rated it it was amazing
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I'm guessing the date I read it, I can't really remember. Great book. You sort of have to struggle through the scottish vernacular but once you get the swing of thing the protagonist is really interesting. He's torn between kicking his heroin addiction and wondering if what "we" (middle classers) all value is really worth anything.

Fair warning, there are some really disgusting parts to this novel-- if you've seen the movie (which I would highly recommend)-- if you're squeamish you might not wan
Dec 05, 2007 Ali rated it liked it
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Exstremely difficult to read at first. Almost had to write a deciphering code for each word present in the first chapter, but I soon got the hang of it and actually enjoyed the flavor writing in an accent can bring. Wasn't too pleased with the ending though, but what can you expect from a junky? this is one book that I would say watching the movie before the book would be exstremely helpful!
Alan Compton
Jan 20, 2008 Alan Compton rated it it was amazing
Clichéd I know, but this book is truely fantastic and it offers a wonderful yet terrifying insight into the (somewhat) fictional Edinburgh drug-culture. Irvine Welsh's use of multiple narration is imperative to the novel's message as it highlights the difference each addiction brings.
Feb 20, 2007 Leah rated it really liked it
This book is a little hard to read at first because it's written phonetically in the Scottish accent, but once you get used to it, it's great although depressing at times because it is about heroin addiction.
Jan 30, 2008 Amy rated it liked it
Talk about an F***ed up book... this is one of them. Tripped up on heroin, trying to get sober, yet finding nothing but heartbreak along the way. Intense read for those of you who can handle the explicit nature of the book.
Amritha Prasad
Jan 08, 2009 Amritha Prasad rated it really liked it
This was definitely a difficult book to read with the scottish dialect throughout and slang, but reading Trainspotting was so worthwhile. The characters are so lovable. I've never read a book so funny and heart-wrenching at the same time. An all time classic!
Mar 16, 2007 Jamie rated it liked it
Tried reading it once and couldn't get into it so I stopped. Picked it up a year or so later and read it all the way through. Phonetic Scottish accent is hard to get used to, at first.
Gareth Senior
Sep 22, 2013 Gareth Senior rated it really liked it
the edition i read included an entertaining foreword by the author and an interview with Irvine Welsh as a postscript. it also included some scenes and lines that were cut from the film.
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May 21, 2012 Richard Stacey rated it it was amazing
I have read this book again and again since I read it 12 years ago.. Possibly the greatest book I have ever read
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