#DailyBookQuote : 3rd April 2013
– Irvine Welsh (Sep 27, 1958)
– Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting
Irvine Welsh’s controversial first novel, set on the heroin-addicted fringe of working-class youth in Edinburgh, is yet another exploration of the dark side of Scottishness. The main character, Mark Renton, is at the center of a clique of nihilistic slacker junkies with no hopes and no possibilities, and only “mind-numbing and spirit-crushing” alternatives in the straight world they despise. This particular slice of humanity has nothing left but the blackest of humor and a sharpness of wit. Readers outside Scotland would need to use the glossary in the back to translate the slang and dialect – essential, since the dialogue makes the book. This is a bleak vision sung as musical comedy.
- The Nine Lives of Irvine Welsh (dazeddigital.com)
- Let’s take a ride with Irvine Welsh (sbnation.com)
- Ewan McGregor keen on starring in Trainspotting sequel (metro.co.uk)
- Trainspotting (hanniebantangblog.wordpress.com)