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by John Hodge

Download Trainspotting. The Screenplay epub
ISBN: 0571190448
ISBN13: 978-0571190447
Category: Humor
Subcategory: Movies
Author: John Hodge
Language: English
Publisher: Faber and Faber; First Edition edition (1996)
Pages: 121 pages
ePUB size: 1353 kb
FB2 size: 1849 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 506
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This is such an amazing story and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the movie, or dark stories full of many characters. I'm sad that I discovered the existence of this story after watching the movie, but it's still amazing. For those who don't speak Scottish slang daily, there is a helpful guide in the back that has saved me numerous occasions while reading this story.
First of all, I’m an American reader. I have to say that even though the English in this book is not what I’m used to reading, I can still follow it pretty well. I haven’t yet finished the book...almost to the end. It’s an incredible read. It really takes me on a journey into the life of a junky in Scotland. I made a conscious effort to read this before watching the movie. I would totally recommend this book to people...just be warned that it isn’t the happiest of stories. One last thing, the glossary in the back of the book is somewhat amusing; when I first got the book and saw that it had one, I had to say that I chuckled a bit! Great read though! Kudos to the author!
Irvine gets into the lives of Scottish addicts and the filth and squalor they habituate in. It is more of book of short stories that are told from different character's perspective; this can be quite confusing for the reader as each chapter, one is trying to figure out who's narrating. You will need some patience as you will struggle with the Scottish dialect. The movie, has more a story to it then book. Not an easy book to read.
I bought a copy when it first came out. Love the Scottish (Edinburgh) vernacular; great stuff...the best one. All the subsequent books aren't so good.
Irvine Welsh is, hands-down, my favorite author. Years ago, I saw "Trainspotting" in the movie theater and definitely thought it was a unique piece of cinema that was worthy of acclaim. The book upon which it is based, however, is one of the most creative forays in fiction that I've ever encountered. It's engaging, hilarious, profane, disgusting and riddled with drugs, drunks and bad behavior, not to mention rich with fascinating characters. Welsh is a literary genius. You'll definitely learn how to talk like a Scottish guy from the schemes when you read this. A real page turner, despite the challenging vernacular that Welsh employs. Enjoy.
If you ever told me I'd cry reading this book, I'd be like, what? I've seen the movie, you see, a long time ago. But I did. I cried like a baby. I cried at a part in the middle of the book, the part that starts off the movie, the famous words of "Choose life. Choose…" Well, in case you haven't read the book and haven't seen the movie, you'll get what I mean, once you do both. I'm actually about to jump into re-watching the movie again, now that I'm done reading. And, WOW. Just, WOW. This is not prose, this is poetry, a powerful cocktail of juxtaposition, Scottish profanities galore injected with searching for the answer to this persistent question. Why live? Why go for hypocrisy, for squalor, for stark morose grim existence of the so called life if we're all going to die anyway? Why not get on the needle and not bother about anything, basking in that mythology of everything will be just splendid? There are so many layers here, I feel like I only started digging. And then, of course, I don't think I can read proper English after this, after indulging on phonetically spelled Scottish awesomeness, on top of it, me being not a native English speaker. It's a feast.

Well, so the story itself is a maze of episodes taken from the lives of junkie mates and their friends, narrated primarily by Rents, or Mark Renton. We jump back and forth between scenes of scoring drugs, injecting drugs, withdrawing from drugs, getting on drugs again, all the while revolving around everything that goes with it, HIV infections, sex, violence, death, neglect, you name it, everything under the sun is here, and more, the constant background of moral choice against pure survival. Which outweighs which? We get to see several different perspectives of different characters, most of them colorfully doused with all kinds of human liquid, like puddles of urine, vomit, feces, blood, and everything in between, with rare glimpses of love here and there and this strange soberness that causes them to look up and realize what hole they've sunk into, but only for a moment, before returning back to the needle. The power of language is such that when you raise your head to catch a breath from reading, you're disoriented for a while, not sure where you are and how you got there. The only wish I had was to get back into the book, annoying those around me, perhaps because the topic rung true to me. I've never been on drugs, but I've been suicidal, and maybe that's why I cried. I felt this desire to destroy yourself behind the rage, the anger, the need to escape it all, for not being accepted, for being lonely, for being so numb that the only way to feel something was to get high. You know it's an illusion, but you don't care. Anything goes. it hit me in the gut, this book, and it will hit me again and again, as I plan to reread it. Now I'm off, watching the movie, and I hope you're off to read this book, because you bloody have to.
Read this almost twenty years ago and loved it. Read it again recently and still loved it, though I am no longer a jaded and nihilistic teenager.
Trainspotting is gritty, funny, tragic and beautiful. Welsh writes the characters with a combination of empathy and objectivism, that shows us their major faults as well as what's going on deep inside(except maybe Begbie, who doesn't have much going on inside). Welsh choosing to write how those living in the edinburgh slums talk gives the novel an added authenticity that makes the novel that much more palpable. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in true art.