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Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
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Dec 29, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: own, ex-1001
Read in December, 2008

Trainspotting is difficult to get immersed into due to the heavy use of 'street speak', but once you are familiar with the dialogue, it becomes smoother. I had to laugh at the glossary at the back which was specifically put there for North American readers, but it was very handy for English readers like myself who had some difficulty. I did have an issue with the ending of the story - it was swinging along with no apparent direction then - 'the end'. Eh?? I felt like I was left hanging ... Anyway, I really enjoyed it and started to get a glimmer of understanding as to the emptiness that many people are feeling and why there is a high suicide rate amongst young men in rural Australia. I got close to many of the characters and felt grieved for them - I was saddened by this novel and also disgusted ... what an achievement to evoke that in a reader!!

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message 1: by Chris (new)

Chris Tusa Noticed you liked Trainspotting, and I was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here (as well as on a few other book-related sites).Thought you might like my novel since it's also about a group of disturbed kids and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:




Lucy What does rural australia have to do with it?

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