Trainspotting by Irvine WelshTrainspotting by Irvine Welsh


byIrvine Welsh

Paperback | October 12, 2004

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One of the most important novels of the late 20th century -- repackaged for a new generation.
     Choose us. Choose life. Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting on a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fuckin junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total fuckin embarrassment tae the selfish, fucked-up brats ye've produced. Choose life.
Irvine Welsh is the author of seven works of fiction. Film rights for Porno have been sold to the company that made Trainspotting. He lives in San Francisco.
Title:TrainspottingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.1 inPublished:October 12, 2004Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0099465892

ISBN - 13:9780099465898


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Choose Trainspotting! Choose life. Choose Trainspotting. Trainspotting is almost as addictive as the heroin coursing through Renton's veins. Although the Scottish dialect can be a challenge to read for some, it adds an amount of depth and atmosphere that directly immerses you into the novel and Scottish culture. Filled with unforgettable characters this gritty novel has become one of my all time favourites. Highly recommend for those interested in the Scottish, stories about addiction, people who enjoyed the film version, and anyone up for a pleasurable challenge!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book Excellent book. Interesting and dynamic characters. Do recommend.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Choose life. Choose a good novel. Choose reading. Choose giving this novel a well-deserved five star rating. Choose sitting on your butt reading this book. Choose Irvine Welsh. Choose an amazing film adaptation, just as good and worth a listen. Choose Ewan McGregor. Choose a masterpiece. Choose wrapping your head around ethical dilemmas and laughing at the darkly funny, sometimes harrowing, sometimes appalling but always entertaining exploits of Mark Renton and his so called mates. Choose to read this book, choose Trainspotting. Choose Life.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Entertaining A delightful mix of high and low literature expertly blended. Multiple characters written from multiple perspectives, often speaking in dense phonetic language can make for a decent challenge to readers at first. While the debauched behaviour of these characters, (junkies, thieves, liars and sex addicts), makes for a read alternately hilarious and heartbreaking. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Great characters, writing, and humor from the depths - what more could you want from a novel?
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! One of the greatest books ever from a great writer!
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book that changed my life. Trainspotting remains at 5/5 I love this novel more now than ever. I first read this book in my mid-teens, and though it was a struggle, to say the least, I fell for it. Irvine Welsh set me on a path that I still follow, which is to read/listen to//watch/feel as many life stories as I possibly can. There are some hang ups, regarding time line and the odd facts, that Skagboys didn't line up with. Trainspotting was written first, and considerably before Skagboys, so I assume that time between is to be blamed for this. Even with this in consideration, it didn't take away from this book. If anything, it slightly harmed Skagboys. Trainspotting is difficult to read, due to style and slang, but it is a language I pride myself in knowing. It is a language as harsh and raw as the story itself. There was so much that I have forgotten, or didn't retain, and now I get to experience the privilege of having it fresh in my mind. I also have to wonder, how much of a lasting impact did Trainspotting have on me? Upon rereading, I feel it may have been greater than previously believed.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from one of my faves don't read this if your offended by inappropriate subject matter or language! once you get past the accented writing you will come to enjoy the crudeness and realness of this book which makes it so entertaining whilst relatable. A modern classic!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Great story, characters, writing and humor. I loved the movie, but the book's even better.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good once you get used to the "accents" It's a little difficult to read at first with the words spelled to indicate different accents, but it is a book that will make an impact on you - positive or negative.
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Trainspotting A good read, I dig the Scottish dialect.
Date published: 2014-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Its not every day you find a book that strikes a chord with you, but this book did that for me. It is among the top 5 books I've ever read. The hypocrisy and sarcasm in it made me laugh out loud so many times that people were beginning to question my sanity.
Date published: 2001-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read I saw the movie first and thought it was great. The book is even better. It is my favorite book.
Date published: 2000-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good book spotting this book is 1000000% better than the movie! I read the book before I saw the movie and i was super disapointed when i saw the movie. This book is kinda difficult to read, for it is written in the scottish acent! but you eventually get the hang of it! get this book you'll be glad you did!
Date published: 2000-02-08

Editorial Reviews

“A novel perpetually in a starburst of verbal energy – a vernacular spectacular…the stories we hear are retched from the gullet.”
Scotland on Sunday

“One of the most original writers in Britain. He writes with style, imagination, wit and force.”
— Nick Hornby, Times Literary Supplement