Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh.
New York : W.W. Norton, 2002. Third printing, numbers line begin with #345678910. $23.95 dust jacket. An excellent copy with solid binding, clean and unmarked pages.
"One of the most significant writers in Britain. He writes with style, imagination, wit, and force, and in a voice which those alienated by much current fiction clearly want to hear." Time Literary Supplement
came roaring onto the literary scene with this, his first novel, Trainspotting, which was also made into an exuberantly outrageous movie. As inventive as Clockwork Orange, Trainspotting brings us deep into the heart of Edinburgh housing projects and the kids who are doing anything to kick the boredom and unemployment of the 1980s. Drafted by Welsh as he traveled across the United States on a Greyhound bus, it has the frenetic energy of constant motion and of the drug- and alcohol-imbibing characters who range from the endearing to the terrifying. Rents, Sick Boy, Mother Superior, Begbie, Spuds, and Seeker are as unforgettable a clutch of junkies, rude boys, and psychos as readers will ever encounter.
IRVINE WELSH is the author of The Acid House, Marabou Stork Nightmares, Ecstasy, Filth, Glue, and Porno, all published by Norton. He lives in London.
"Irvine Welsh writes with skill, wit, and compassion that amounts to genius. He is the best thing that has happened to British writing for decades." —NICK HORNBY
"Irvine Welsh is the real thing—a marvelous admixture of nihilism and heartbreak, pinpoint realism (especially in dialect and tone), and almost archetypal universality." —DAVID FOSTER WALLACE
"Tra'mspotting heralded both an important new voice and a significant mouthpiece for a new, previously unarticulated generation." —DENNIS COOPER, LA Weekly
"To say that Trainspotting glorifies heroin is like saying that the Inferno glorifies hell. . . . The language in Trainspotting is . . . exhilarating once you get the hang of it, and finally poetic in its complications. .. . Literary in the best sense, using language at every level to tell a story." —JANE MENDELSOHN, The New Republic
"Blisteringly funny. . . . Don't abandon everything for the movie. It's worth making the effort with Trainspotting not merely because relatively few writers have rummaged through this particular enclave of British youth culture, but because even fewer have dug there so deeply." —New York Times Book Review
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