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Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
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Nov 06, 2011

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

Watched the movie, decided to read the book. I was surprised that the author, Irvine Welsh< played Forrester in the movie. The book focused equally on the HIV and drug epidemics in Scotland as opposed to the movie which dealt more with heroin. I liked the book because you get the point of view of a lot of characters. There are a lot of characters so I was confused for a bit. On top of that Welsh liberally uses the Glasgow dialect in his writing. I figured that if there were a lot of "likesay" and broken sentences then it was Spud. Begbie was always weilding a chib or some other weapon and referring to Renton as a "reid-headed cunt." Sick Boy tended to slur his words and say "pish and shite" Tommy and Dianne had little snibbits to themselves. Almost all the other dialogues were Mark. The book didn't have a nice Hollywood style ending which is true to Welsh who tries not to hide the truth about the Edinburgh under-society.

hissel - hisself

ken - know

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