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Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  6,922 Ratings  ·  173 Reviews
With three delightful tales of love and its ups and downs, the ever-surprising Irvine Welsh virtually invents a new genre of fiction: the chemical romance .

In "Lorraine Goes to Livingston," a bestselling authoress of Regency romances, paralyzed and bedridden, plans her revenge on gambling, whoring husband with the aid of her nurse Lorraine. In "Fortune's Always Hiding," fl
Paperback, 276 pages
Published June 6th 1996 by Jonathan Cape (first published 1996)
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Παύλος Amadeus
Αγώνας σχεδόν καθημερινός για δύο χρόνια μέχρι να καταφέρω να βρω το συγκεκριμένο διαμάντι. Ερωτήσεις σε όλα τα βιβλιοπωλεία, μικρά και μεγάλα, στον κ.Νίκο Χατζόπουλο (ιδιοκτήτη του Οξέως) και σε φόρουμ. Τελικά βρέθηκε και δε πρόκειται να το αποχωριστώ.

Τρεις ιστορίες όλες εμποτισμένες με την αβεβαιότητα και τον φόβο των ναρκωτικών. Πρωταγωνιστές είναι η γενιά του acid house και του techno οι οποίοι ζουν ουσιαστικά μόνο τα Σαββατοκύριακα μέσα στη δίνη των χαπιών και των πάρτυ.

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May 17, 2007 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really disturbing, but I remember this as a great read nonetheless. Welsh has the ability to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck with deceptively simple descriptions of wholly credible human callousness and abuse, peppered with characters that you know you met at some party or other, late one night... Hideous but awesome in equal quantities. I really enjoyed his writing style.
Aug 25, 2016 JK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You all know how I feel about Welsh. His crass, brazen stories filled with shock, drugs, and all kinds of abuse, absolutely thrill and delight me. Every new release of his I will devour rather than savour, subsequently churning out reviews filled with crazed praise and fangirl ramblings. This time I decided to go back to his earlier work and treat myself to something more raw and rough.

Ecstasy is comprised of three short stories, all in relation to chemical romances and relationships. This is th
Stephanie all three of these stories created very very different feelings in me. The first one was sick and twisted and made me laugh, the second one made me cringe a bit and feel slightly depressed, and the last one I thought was a very sweet love story. This book has a LOT of foul language, so enter at your own risk.
Sara Williams
“It was the books I started reading. It was the music I started listening to. It was the television I started watching. I found myself thinking again. I tried to stop because it was only causing pain. I couldn't. When all this is in your head it has to come out into your life. If it doesn't, you get crushed. I'm not going to get crushed.”

My first Irvine Welsh.
I purchased quite a few of his books for a very cheap price (unfortunately the iconic Trainspotting wasn't on the list, neither was Fil
Jul 01, 2013 Kaliska rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three Tales of Chemical Romance is a collection of three stories:
Lorraine Goes to Livingstone
Fortune's Always Hiding: A Corporate Romance
The Undefeated: An Acid House Romance

Lorraine Goes to Livingstone is a strangely feminist story - an 'historical (read: trashy) romance' writer, Rebecca, suffers a stroke and ends up in hospital, striking up an initially one-sided friendship with a sexually confused young Scottish nurse, Lorraine. Rebecca's writing style changes drastically- her work including
Morgue Anne
Jan 31, 2008 Morgue Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of "Drug Novels"
Yet another great book on drugs. This is actually three stories in one book, each story told from several different perspectives. You meet a stream of loveable and not so loveable characters and some hardcore cockney spellings that will force you to reread a few pages. Great for fans of Party Monster/Disco Bloodbath, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and the like. If you're into books with that wonderful, disconnected voice of an author who has done more than his fair share of, well, Ecstasy.
Andreia Reis
Nov 15, 2012 Andreia Reis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mas que bela surpresa.
Sem duvida alguma que quero ler mais coisas deste escritor.
Aug 22, 2016 Anthony rated it did not like it
I found the three short stories in this collection to be completely implausible. I initially chose to read this book because I assumed it would realistically portray the underground life of club-goers and the highs and lows of ecstasy use. Needless to say, it did not deliver on either facet.
On a side note, I personally think that the transcribing of the Scottish dialect phonetically really deters from the stories themselves, for I found myself getting bogged down more often than not in trying
Jul 27, 2014 Holly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not the type of book I would normally read, but the bold, ballsy cover art seduced me and I was hooked. Before 'Ecstasy' I'd never read an Irvine Welsh book but had flirted with the idea for a number of years. Considering the number of successful film adaptations his novels have spawned (think Danny Boyle's 'Trainspotting' or most recently 'Filth') I didn't doubt Welsh's talent but more the confrontational nature of his graphic and typically grotesque subject matter. With this book howev ...more
Mar 03, 2013 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Irvine Welsh. I start every review on here of one of his books with that because I think it'll be very difficult for me to ever be too critical of his work. This is no real departure from what I've known to love but I still lapped it up. The first story of the three is slightly more bizarre than I've come to expect but still entertaining. The second was an ideal example of the short-story format, yet scarificed none of Welsh's 'everyday' life characterisation - it was utterly depraved, wh ...more
João Moura
Ao contrário de outros autores em que queremos nos deliciar lentamente com cada frase e página, Irvine Welsh coloca-nos como os junkies dos seus livros, a devorar página atrás de página, até colarmos as peças do puzzle que ele vai deixando e percebermos como tudo acaba...
Ecstasy é mais um grande livro sobre drogas, intercalado com música, futebol (hooliganismo) e o que os seus intervenientes pensam ser amor. Viciante, sujo e hilariante como sempre, consegue ainda intercalar personagens e históri
Jun 21, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know how you look away when watching a gruesome movie to be spared the most horrible scene? Ever done that when reading a gruesome book? This book made me look away. And then, because you can't help it, you continue reading...
Christian Mora
Dec 23, 2015 Christian Mora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Muy diferente a lo que estoy acostumbrado, pero sorprendido por la forma. Tres relatos fantásticos, sin embargo el tercero decae un poco logrando en la segunda parte volver a tomar el ritmo de las anteriores historias. Se podría decir que son historias de amor y de libertad, de dejar el pasado.
Mark Barrett
Three typically harsh tales from Welsh. Not among his greatest works, but thoroughly recommended for fans. I wouldn't advise coming to this collection for your first experience of Welsh, though. There are some great moments - the acid trip monologue in the final story is hilarious - but not that many. Enjoyable.
Stewart Mitchell
Jul 12, 2016 Stewart Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Irvine Welsh is one of the only authors whose books I finish and then immediately want to start another one. His stories, however disturbing and emotionally draining they are, are always full of such energy and humor that they're impossible to walk away from. The world his books create is one of my favorites.

Ecstacy is not a novel, but three novellas loosely connected by the shared theme of love and the use of the drug ecstacy. Without spoiling anything, the first story is absolutely, hilarious
Siskoid Albert
Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy is a collection of three thematically-tied novellas from the author of Trainspotting, all three subtitled "romances" that feature fetishistic (often taboo) sex acts, revenge, phonetically-written British accents (I watch enough BBC programming to get my hear around them, though the third story did try my patience), and of course, the drug Ecstasy. I kind of wish the first story had been a novel. A writer of historical romance jilted by her husband starts writing pornograph ...more
Lucy Shiels
May 04, 2014 Lucy Shiels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I watched the film Ecstasy a few weeks ago but the book was very loosely based on the last of the three short stories that comprise this book. All three stories are sickeningly disturbing and yet so incredibly brilliant at the same time. I still cannot explain exactly why I love Irvine Welsh so much. I think it is because he writes about these grotesque subjects but in such an amazing writing style that gives it some semblance of eloquence.
Of all the short stories the last one was probably my f
Feb 19, 2015 Logan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of three novellas, or novelettes, depending on how you like to classify things. Why you always classifying things? Shit. Anyway, after reading ACID HOUSE, I've noticed that Irvine Welsh's shorter works have a different kind of vibe than his novels. For the most part, I think that the moods of the shorter stories are often much, much lighter than the novels. And, that's a good thing. Because it's still Irvine Welsh. So, if yr jonesing for a Welsh story but not in the mood for ...more
Mar 23, 2016 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By far, the most twisted book I've ever read.
If you haven't yet read anything by Welsh, his writing style incorporates a thick Scottish-accented narration - spelled out like said in real life. Maybe a bit off-putting at first, but at about 30 pages in, I was doing these little Scottish accents for each of the characters in my head. It made interesting reading.

The book is divided into three novellas - all revolving around romance and drugs. I felt the stories got progressively better (I would have thrown in the towel had the second novella
Amanda Pagano
May 02, 2014 Amanda Pagano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ecstasy was a fantastic read. I was constantly entertained by the plethora of quirky characters from each of the three stories. There are three stories which are interconnected only through their theme of love. It's not the super romantic love in romance novels. The love in these stories comes off as more realistic, the truth of the kind of love many experience in their lives, happy and sad. Each of the three stories stand on their own, so in a way this a lucky find because you get to read three ...more
Nov 21, 2015 Neri. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't liked this book. It was boring, pretencious and all the irish dialect words made it hard to read. No particular plot was found in any of three strories and a no good character development either.
The first story is not worth your time. The second two are pretty good. It's a dated collection, since drugs and ecstasy are the relating theme. Only a must for Welsh fans, I think.
Mar 28, 2016 Caity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welsh is a genius. These stories were just incredible. I especially loved the middle one, A Corporate Romance, it was just such a holy shit moment when the twist was revealed. Welsh writes on such disgusting subjects that make you extremely uncomfortable yet somehow it is impossible to tear your eyes from the page. He is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. I've heard from quite a few people that they find the dialect used difficult to understand but I didn't find that a problem at all. ...more
Aug 06, 2007 Natalya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know, I am finding it difficult to express my opinion about IW's brill writing without the use of expletives.
Sep 02, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Welsh fun, 3 stories...2 stars for the first, 3.5 for the second, 5 for the last.
Francisco Duque
Aug 07, 2015 Francisco Duque rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"— Hiya, this girl said to me, - havin a good one?
- Aye ... it's absolutely unbelievable! Ah've never been so happy! It's ma first
time eckied ... I gasped.
She gave me a big hug. - That's really nice. There's nothing like the first
time. It's always brilliant, but see the first time ...
We talked for ages, and I remembered I had to get back to Marie. It was like I
knew everybody though, all those strangers. We shared an insight and an intimacy
that nobody who hadn't done this in this environment coul
eh. the first story was my favorite.
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“When two people were in love you had to leave them to it. Especially when you weren't in love and wished that you were. That could embarrass. That could hurt.” 43 likes
“It was the books I started reading.
It was the music I started listening to. It was the television I started watching.
I found myself thinking again. I tried to stop because it was only causing pain.
I couldn't.
Wen all this is in your head it has to come out into your life. If it doesn't, you get crushed. I'm not going to get crushed.”
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