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Trainspotting [Reading] ➹ Trainspotting By Irvine Welsh – Ils sont uatre amis inséparables ui ont en commun une enfance une ville des voisins le chômage Et surtout une dévotion appliuée pour une seule et uniue héroïne en forme de seringue On entend ces Ils sont uatre amis inséparables ui ont en commun une enfance une ville des voisins le chômage Et surtout une dévotion appliuée pour une seule et uniue héroïne en forme de seringue On entend ces uatre là on les écoute chacun raconte son Edimbourg entre deux pintes de bière après un fix avant une tasse de thé ou pendant une baston à coup d'aiguilles à tricoter taillées en pointe On voit les corps mangés par le virus la drogue les hallucinations et puis uelue chose se détache on est d'Edimbourg mais comme on est de Fresnes ou de la Santé Il faut s'échapper Livre culte des années Trainspotting a été porté à l'écran par Dany Boyle.

About the Author: Irvine Welsh

Probably most famous for his gritty depiction of a gang of Scottish Heroin addicts Trainspotting Welsh focuses on the darker side of human nature and drug use All of his novels are set in his native Scotland and filled with anti heroes small time crooks and hooligans Welsh manages however to imbue these characters with a sad humanity that makes them likable despite their obvious scumb.

10 thoughts on “Trainspotting

  1. Jafar Jafar says:

    Fuck me insensible Oh ya cunt ya Ah dinnae watch the movie bit ma heid’s spinnin fae readin this shite ah kin fuckin tell ye The book’s no novel – mair a collection ay short stories likesay aboot a bunch ay Scot junkies The cunts go aroond fartin n shitein n shootin smack The book is written in the Scottish dialect sortay like whit ah’m tryin tae imitate ken whit ah mean? It wisnnae easy fe us tae git intae it It made us scoobied aboot whit the cunts were sayin likesay bit after a while it became very enjoyable ken There’s like a hundred “cunts” in ivry paragraph ay this book bit it doesnnae mean bad Ivrybody jist caws ivrybody a cunt – no offense meant or taken likesay Bit nivir caw a lassie a cunt – thit shite is sexist Ah dinnae see no glossary at the end ay the book like some people here say Ah thoat ma livin in London fe mair thin a year wid help us wi the dialect bit ah’d be fucked if it did Ah’d be the last foreign cunt tae pit doon the ueen’s English likesay bit truth be telt ah cannae understand iny cunt if they’re fae iniwhair north ay Birmingham Jist the other night this pished cunt came tae us in a bar talkin shite Ah asks um whair he’s fae He sais Sheffield I sais tae um thit ah saw Full Monty which wis filmed in Sheffield n ah dinnae understand inything Ah wis jist bein a polite cunt likesay tellin um indirectly tae speak posh tae us He sais awright ah speak posh tae ye ye American cunt Bit he wis a good cunt He telt us a few good jokes thit made us spill ma pish Ah should go there some day The cunt telt us thit the pish gits cheaper n the burds git easier the further north ye go ken whit ah mean?Life is mundane n depressin bit sae whit? Pittin poison intae yir body is a load ay shite only good fe cowardly cunts Choose life

  2. Emily May Emily May says:

    I must have read the first page of Trainspotting than twenty times since purchasing the book years ago and each time I would put it back in fear of all the Scottish dialect There's no point lying this is a challenging novel sometimes you have to read things twice or pause to think about them to fully understand what's being said But unlike a lot of books that are difficult to read this was ultimately rewarding and once you get used to the slang words it becomes a very gritty moving and funny readTrainspotting is a story about a bunch of Scottish heroin addicts Rents Sick Boy others it's about the dregs of society and it's about prostitutes If you don't like reading about these kind of people you won't like the book If you have problems with the 'C' word you definitely won't like this book It's told in several short stories that switch between first and third person narrative and switch between character point of views Many of my usual rules have been broken for this book I don't like multiple perspectives I don't like spending time deciphering the text I don't like sentences that are made up of profanities But all of those factors come together to make a great novel in this rare caseAll the characters are oddly likeable in a way which really says something to me about the author's talent as a writer Even though they are morally uestionable individuals with an ocean of problems they have a very dark and hilarious sense of humour and it is this colour and vivacity that makes it all the heartbreaking when Rents' loses his close friends to HIV and other illnessesIt won't suit everyone Trainspotting is about the people at the bottom of the pile who get easily written off as hopeless and a waste of space but Welsh gives a sense of humanity to these addicts he makes them people with uniue characteristics and personal struggles that we can offer sympathy to I'm just sorry I put it off for so long

  3. Manny Manny says:

    Choose mainstream Choose cheap ebooks that won't challenge you stretch you change you or otherwise fuck with your mind Choose YA and chicklit and bland massproduced airport thrillers with sanitised violence and the kind of sex you're sure you can get from a random stranger you picked up half an hour ago when you were both pretending to be too drunk to know what you were doing Choose to ignore anything unexpected or transgressive including but not limited to Plato Dante Chaucer Shakespeare Newton Voltaire Flaubert Einstein Joyce Proust Dirac Sartre and the New Testament If possible choose not even to have heard of them Choose to vote for the dishonest political party whose mindless focus group tested slogan appeared most often in your fucking Facebook feed on your fucking iPhone which you touch or swipe an average of 2600 times a day Choose to develop Alzheimers and fall asleep while rereading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on your fucking Kindle and never wake up But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose mainstream I chose something else And the reasons? There are no reasons Who needs reasons when you've got real books?

  4. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    Everything you heard about this book is true It will not only melt your face but also the faces of anyone in the same room as you Be prepared for a deluge of c words from page one to page last be prepared for a detailed account of a bunch of lively Scottish junkies scuffling and waiting for their man and spiking up and all of that This is offensiveness which achieves transcendence There are scenes which will make you will drop your jaw so far you'll have to spend half an hour looking for it it fell off and rolled under the bed You will guffaw in public stuff may emit forcefully from your nasal region Yes the first ten or 15 pages will be tough tough tough like Clockwork Orange since it's written in the language of Scottish junkies Bit et's nae bother Hack your way through the first few pages and you'll be hurtling along larfing and barfing lurching and hurling all the way to the sticky end Apparently some people find the title of the book obscure Especially if they only see the extremely watered down but still pretty good film Sometimes the notorious psycho Begbie decides after the pub shuts to go to the station and find anyone who's unfortunate enough to be waiting for a train and give them a random vicious beating In a spirit of fun he calls that trainspotting

  5. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    As seen on The ReadventurerThis is why I love reading challenges they allow me to discover books I would have never picked up on my own Let's face it would I ever intentionally seek a book about Scottish low lives junkies thugs and prostitutes? Don't think so But alas the fate threw Welsh's Trainspotting my way and I ate it up like hot cakesTrainspotting is a collection of short stories narrating scenes in the lives of a Skag Boys skag heroin Rents Sick Boy Begsbie Spud and various people around them their families lovers drug suppliers partners in crime or victims Mark Renton Rents is or less is the protagonist this is mostly his story even though the stories are written from multiple points of view in 1st and 3rd person The majority of them is also narrated in Scottish dialect so some initial effort to understand is reuiredThe best thing about this book is that it takes you on a roller coaster ride it takes you from revulsion to uncontrollable boasts of laughter to tears of compassion Considering that every other word in this book is a profanity I think Irvine Welsh has talentTrainspotting starts off as a rather repulsive read within the first 10 pages Rents is fishing out the drugs that he has just rectally ingested out of the filthy overflowing public toilet The repulsive factor doesn't really go away as the story progresses we are faced with psychopath Begsbie who is extremely abusive to everyone around him including his girlfriends or Sick Boy who is very popular with women and at some point becomes a pimp of a few of them or Rents himself who drunkenly has sex with a 14 year old girl or shags his dead brother's pregnant fiance in the bathroom during his funeral The list goes on and on But the thing is in spite of all these depravities Skag Boys are strangely relatable and dare I say it often likable They are losers and addicts and criminals but their emotional and moral struggles are realThe book is although very dark at the same time hilarious it is filled with Rents' sarcastic humor This uote from the scene can give you a good taste of the writingHere Rents is held by his parents under the house arrest They are attempting to get him off the heroin Rents' mom is trying to feed him The auld girl sticks us in the comfy chair by the fire in front ay the telly and puts a tray oan ma lap Ah'm convulsing inside anyway but the mince looks revolting Ah've telt ye ah dinnae eat meat Ma ah sais Ye eywis liked yer mince and tatties potatoes That's whair ye've gone wrong son no eating the right thing Ye need meatNow there is apparently a casual link between heroin addiction and vegetarianismIn the latter part Trainspotting is no longer a repulsively hilarious read it gets darker and darker as we follow the fates of Rents' many friends and it's not pretty too many of them are dying from HIV from sharing needles from cancer gangrene heart attacks Seeing this many deaths 25 year old Rents attempts to kick his habit over and over again but will he and his friends succeed?I think Trainspotting is a remarkable read and I will definitely read of Welsh's work But is this book for everybody? Absolutely not It is filled with human depravities profanity and written in Scottish dialect This will turn off many readers But if you are looking for a challenging in many ways read give Trainspotting a try You won't be disappointedReading challenge #13 transgressive

  6. Daniel Clausen Daniel Clausen says:

    Probably the most famous passage from the book Whin yir oan junk aw ye worry about is scorin Oaf the gear ye worry aboot loads ay things Nae money cannae git pished Goat money drinkin too much Cannae git a burd nae chance ay a ride git a burd too much hassle canne breathe withoot her gitten oan yir case Either that or ye blow it and feel aw guilty Ye worry aboot bills food bailiffs these Jambo Nazi scum beatin us aw the things that ye couldnae gie a fuck aboot whin yuv goat a real junk habit Yuv just goat one thing tae worry aboot The simplicity ay it aw Ken whit ah mean? Rento stops to give his jaws another grind I've read this book three times now Once during high school once during college and once as an adult Reading this book feels like going home It makes me believe that really great books can be found anywhere In some ways I feel the book is a product of the 80s but I remember it as an essential part of the 90s For some reason the Renton's mates seem like the most universal set of characters in the world Everyone has one friend who is a lady killer like Sick Boy a good hearted man like Spud a stalwart like Tommy and an absolute bastard like Begby As for Mark well he is the dude most likely to be the one narrating the tale I sensitive never do weller who is too sensitive for his own good Who of us hasn't had these problems; who of us hasn't had friends like these; who us hasn't wanted an escape from the tedium of modern life? Others on goodreads have analyzed the novel from a writerly perspective I wonder how the book got published because it is a bad book but because it is so uniuely good that you only realize how good it is by investing your time in reading it again and again and learning the slang if you don't know Scottish dialect The book seems to be authentic because it doesn't try too hard to be something it's not Perhaps that's the message for writers reading this book be who you are as a writer for good or ill and hopefully it will all work Or you can just give up writing and live a normal happy healthy life Whin yir off the writing all you think about is writing Oan the writing ye worry aboot loads ay things Nae money cannae git an agent Goat an agent won't return your calls Cannae git a publisher nae chance ay a making it Git a publisher too much hassle canne breathe withoot them gitten oan yir case Either that or ye blow it and feel aw guilty Ye worry aboot bills these effete critics beatin us aw the things that ye couldnaegie a fuck aboot whin yuv given up the writing

  7. Stacia (the 2010 club) Stacia (the 2010 club) says:

    I'm a little confused about why I'd had the other edition reviewed when I didn't read the John Hodge after movie version delete delete deleteIf I hadn't seen the movie first I probably wouldn't have even tried reading the book because the language difference is not the most accommodating to read in print The writing works for the people place and lifestyle that's being shown but it's definitely easier to understand when you have the movie to refer to in your mind I will say that after a few pages it did get easier once I started to figure out which words meant whatIf you missed out on this movie back in the mid 90's here's a basic rundown Heroin addicts struggle to live life while fighting their addiction The movie and book is gritty bleak raunchy sexy funny and heartbreaking This paragraph sums it up in a better way than I'm capable of Syringe needle spoon candle lighter packet ay powder It's all okay it's all beautiful; but ah fear that this internal sea is gaunnae subside soon leaving this poisonous shire washed up stranded up in ma body Ah start tae cook up another shot As ah shakily hand the spoon ower the candle waitin for the junk tae dissolve ah think; short term sea long term poison This thought though is naewhere near sufficient tae stop us fae daein what ah huv tae daeAfter finishing my read and watching the movie again I will say that this story is one I'll never forget The movie came along when I was in a period of my life where I needed to have some things pounded into my head and Trainspotting was a reference point for all things which I needed to remind myself to stay away from I laughed I cried I almost lost my lunchhow's that for a story?

  8. Anuradha Anuradha says:

    Ah didnae expect the book to be as good as the movie Bit it wis Ah remembuh reading the first chapter at least fifteen times before ah wis able tae git intae it Once ye git intae it ye cannae git out Sure it's abit shootin smack n fuckin bit it's git some soul tae it N the entire book is wrote this way; so I cannae say it's fae ivrybody Bit if yer intae some profanity n have no problem wi explicit content this is fae ye I dunnae think I ken write like this any longer so me review ends here

  9. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Trainspotting Mark Renton #2 Irvine WelshTrainspotting focuses on the lives of a group of friends from Leith Edinburgh three of which are deep into a heroin addiction The novel is split up into seven sections the first six contain multiple chapters of varying length and differing focus The novel's origins in short fiction are still visible though no segment or chapter is wholly independent of the others The majority of the stories are narrated by the novel's central protagonist Mark Rentonتاریخ نخستین خوانشروز بیست و ششم ماه سپتامبر سال 2018 میلادیعنوان رگیابی؛ نویسنده اروین ولش؛ مترجم رضا اسکندری‌آذر؛ تهران نشر هیرمند‏‫، ‫1396؛ در 466 ص؛ شابک 9789644084744؛ چاپ دوم 1398؛ فروست مجموعه‌ی شهرزاد؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان اسکاتلندی سده 20 منقل از متن «بخش اول ترک اعتیاد بچه های عملی، ژان کلود وندِم، و مادر مقدس عرق از سروصورت سیک بوی جاری بود؛ داشت مثل بید میلرزید من سرجایم نشسته بودم، زوم کرده بودم روی تلویزیون و زور میزدم حواسم بهش نباشد حالم را بد میکرد همه ی تلاشم این بود که روی فیلم ژان کلود وندم متمرکز باشم مثل همه ی فیلمها، این یکی هم با یک پیش درآمد دراماتیک شروع شد ادامه ی فیلم شامل معرفی نقش منفی نامرد نالوطی و چسباندن تکه های سناریوی ضعیف با تُف به یکدیگر بود برادر ارزشیمان، ژان کلود وندم، هر لحظه آماده بود تا یک بزن بزن خونین راه بیندازد سیک بوی درحالیکه سرش را تکان میداد، نفس زنان نالید «رِنت، من باید مادر مقدسو ببینم» گفتم «اَاَاَه» دلم میخواست این حیوان از جلوی چشمم گم شود، برود، و ما را با ژان کلود به حال خودمان بگذارد از طرفی، مدتی بود حال و روزم از خماری خوش نبود، و اگر آن عوضی میرفت و خودش را میساخت، محال بود خیرش به ما برسد بهش میگفتند سیک بوی، نه برای این که همیشه ی خدا خمار میزد، به این دلیل که یک مادر به خطای بیمار بود عاجزانه تشر زد «بریم دیگه» «یه دقه دندون رو جیگر بذار» دلم میخواست ژان کلود را حین کتک مال کردن حریف پررویش ببینم اگر الان میرفتیم، نمیتوانستم فیلم را تماشا کنم وقتی هم برمیگشتیم، داغانتر از اینها بودم که بنشینم پای فیلم، و به هر حال میافتاد برای چند روز بعد این یعنی پول پای کرایه ی فیلمی داده بودم که حتی نمیتوانستم یکبار ببینمش فریاد زد «من باید بزنم بیرون» و بلند شد رفت سمت پنجره و تکیه داد به رف به سنگینی نفس میکشید؛ عین یک حیوان جن زده توی چشمهایش هیچ چیز دیده نمیشد، غیر از نیاز مبرم تلویزیون را با ریموت خاموش کردم و بهش غر زدم «بفرما پولمو ریختم تو توالت الکی حرومش کردم پای کرایه ی این فیلم کوفتی» حرامزاده ی لعنتی مردم آزار سرش را انداخت عقب و نگاهش را دوخت به سقف «پولشو می دم بعداً دوباره کرایه ش کن؛ اگه همه ی گُه بازیات مال اینه اونم واسه خاطر پنجاه پنی؛ واسه چس مثقال» حرامزاده ی بی ارزش، تخصص عجیبی در رقت انگیز جلوه دادن آدم داشت گفتم «نَقل این حرفا نیس» البته خودم هم باورم نشد «آره، نقل اینه که من داره از خماری جونم از هفت جام میزنه بیرون، اونوقت رفیق جون جونیم داره عمداً لفتش میده و کلی ام با اینکارش حال میکنه» چشمهایش شد به اندازه ی توپ فوتبال، پر از برق خصومت، و در عین حال یک دنیا التماس شاهدی نیشدار برای ـ مثلاً ـ خیانت من در عالم رفاقت اگر آنقدر عمر کنم که یک توله پس بیندازم، امیدوارم هیچ وقت مثل سیک بوی نگاهم نکند این عوضی در این حالت غیرقابل تحمل میشد به اعتراض گفتم «من که» «کتتو بپوش بینیم بااا» توی خیابان اثری از تاکسی نبود لعنتیها حالا هر وقت لازمشان نداری مثل مور و ملخ اینجا جمع میشوند مثلاً اواخر مرداد بودیم، اما من داشتم از سرما مثل بید میلرزیدم هنوز مریض نشده بودم، اما شک نداشتم که مریضی روی شاخم است «الان باید تاکسیا اینجا ردیف باشن؛ یه خروار تاکسی لعنتی آدم تو تابستون باباش درمیاد تا یه تاکسی گیر بیاره این مایه دارای خیکی لعنتی، اونقد تن لش ان که زورشون میاد واسه رسیدن به اون میتینگای مسخره تو اون کلیسای بی ارزششون صد قدم پیاده گز کنن اون راننده تاکسیای حرومزاده ی مسافرتلکه کن ام» سیک بوی در حالیکه نفس برایش نمانده بود، زیر لب برای دل خودش هذیان میگفت در حالیکه چشمهایش وغ زده و رگهای گردنش باد کرده بود، سرش را گرفته بود سمت بالای خیابان لیث آخر سر یک تاکسی پیدا شد چند جوان ملبس به گرمکن شمعی و کاپشن خلبانی قبل از رسیدن ما آنجا ایستاده بودند شک دارم سیک بوی اصلاً دیده باشدشان دوید وسط خیابان و داد زد «تاکسی» «هوی چه خبرته؟» یکی از پسرها با گرمکن شمعی سیاه و بنفش، و مدل موی بوکسوری معترض شد سیک بوی حین باز کردن در تاکسی درآمد که «خفه کار کن بینیم؛ ما اول رسیدیم اینجا» و بعد همانطور که به سر خیابان و تاکسی سیاهی که میآمد اشاره میکرد، گفت «یکی دیگه داره میاد» «اگه داره میاد که شانس آوردین، بی پدرای عوضی» همانطورکه میچپیدیم توی تاکسی بهشان غرولند کرد «گورتو گم کن، ولگرد جقله ی خال خالی گمشو تاکسیتو سوار شو» به راننده گفتم «خیابون تولکراس» و تفی از شیشه ی پنجره شوت کردم بیرون گرمکن شمعی فریاد زد «راتو بکش برو، بچه زرنگ بی پدر د یالا دیگه حرومزاده» راننده ی تاکسی عین خیالش نبود به نظر آدم درستی میآمد اغلبشان همینطوری اند کاسبهای خویش فرما یا پستترین جانوران موذی روی زمین خدا تاکسی دور زد و به سمت انتهای خیابان حرکت کرد »؛ پایان نقل ا شربیانی

  10. Rowena Rowena says:

    I actually uite enjoyed this book though some parts of it were really hard to take There's a lot of vulgarity sex and violence but the book also talks about some important issues such as Scottish nationalism HIVAIDS drug use there's a LOT of drug use racism in the UK and the problems in Northern Ireland The characters are uite colourful and interesting I think they are well developedThe book was uite philosophical and witty at times though mainly from a misanthropic viewpointThis was definitely a tough book to stomach especially with the vivid way violence of all kinds is portrayed I do appreciate Welsh introducing a subculture I know next to nothing about I will probably be reading the seuel to this book in the near future

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