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Shvoong Home>Books>Novels & Novellas>Trainspotting Review

Trainspotting

Book Review   by:valestorm     Original Author: Irvine Welsh
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This abstract was translated from Trainspotting
 
We find in the characters we had already learned to conscere in Trainspotting. Nine years have passed, and the weaknesses and strengths of each are the same. Each took different roads, but inevitably will gather in their Leith to give birth to a very important project: shooting a pornographic film. -- Entries narranti, always in the first person, have five, how many characters: Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie, Spud and Nikki. Of these, only the last is a character not found in Trainspotting. You can guess who is the narrator of each chapter, read the title, because every character is a different narrative style and register. Renton had misled friends at the end of Trainspotting, refusing to share with them the proceeds of a "coup" (Spud got its share). Now it is in Amsterdam, where he is a co-night club success. It is traced by Sick Boy, and the two come to an agreement: it must return to Leith and finance the film. Sick Boy is now a fraudster, a frequent mellifluo slums of London. Return to Leith to manage the pub aunt, which allows him to take off from where trouble had put in the capital. In these nine years was also amused to send images of a gay porn Begbie in prison. Begbie has granted a three-year sentence for manslaughter. Serbian resentment of course the "friends", but what he hates most in Renton is absolute, and it would be able to attack him on sight. Begbie is always a psychopath, a person who all hate, fear and mock behind, but no one has the courage to address.
Spud is the only one that still makes heroin, although trying to get out. With serious problems of family, contemplates the idea of suicide in order to collect his wife and son for insurance. Then try writing a way out, and is struggling with problems typical of the early writers. The beautiful and uninhibited Nikki is a university student. Working in a sauna where offers erotic "read" fee, refusing to go further. It will be interested to participate in the film… - The place chosen to shoot the film is the pubs Sick Boy. After the first problems the project takes off. Meanwhile, Begbie is kept in the dark in all modes of return of Renton, Spud and Sick Boy with squabbles, which humiliates him in front of his wife and sfotte for his literary ambitions… more sordid sides of the characters are held in Serbian as trump cards by revealing only at the appropriate time. Everyone will look for advantage: peace, money, revenge or money and revenge. All this is told with an eye to the social situation of Scotland, and the personal devastation that only drugs can bring.
Published: March 18, 2008   
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