ï Skagboys ¹ Download by ✓ Irvine Welsh
ï Skagboys ¹ Download by ✓ Irvine Welsh Even though I am a big fan Welsh s work, this book worked a lot better than I had expected.
It is, of course the prequel to Trainspotting, and fills in the backgrounds of our favourite characters during the 1980s, including their introduction to heroin.
Like Trainspotting, and many of Welsh s other books it is written in part in Scottish dialect.
It amazes me, with the writing, how talented Welsh is to be able to have a different written form for each character For each chapter before the narrator is fully revealed, it is almost always obvious who the character is just by the formation of their sentences and word choices.
At some 550 pages, this book sat in my shelf for a long time for two reasons it is a lengthy investment in time, but importantly, I was concerned it wouldn t be excellent It could have been a shallow, or poorly co As a long time Welsh fan, I suppose I could be considered a little biased but really, in all honesty, this is one of the cult Scottish author s finest efforts to date.
Skagboys revisits the sunny port of Leith and adjoining Edinburgh, and the eclectic cast of characters that made up Welsh s debut effort the drugged out classic Trainspotting All your skeevy old pals are here ever acerbic Mark Renton, sweet natured Spud, scheming Sickboy and, naturally, the delightfully psychotic pugilist, Begbie Only this time, we meet Leith s finest schemies in their early twenties just as they re developing that nasty little heroin habit which was the focal point of Trainspotting.
So yes, it s a prequel to Trainspotting, featuring characters that should be familiar to fans of the earlier book or its cinematic adaptation But, as always, Welsh is not afraid to delve a lit Mark Renton Has It All He S Good Looking, Young, With A Pretty Girlfriend And A Place At University But There S No Room For Him In The S Thatcher S Government Is Destroying Working Class Communities Across Britain, And The Post War Certainties Of Full Employment, Educational Opportunity And A Welfare State Are Gone When His Family Starts To Fracture, Mark S Life Swings Out Of Control And He Succumbs To The Defeatism Which Has Taken Hold In Edinburgh S Grimmer Areas The Way Out Is HeroinIt S No Better For His Friends Spud Murphy Is Paid Off From His Job, Tommy Lawrence Feels Himself Being Sucked Into A Life Of Petty Crime And Violence The Worlds Of The Thieving Matty Connell And Psychotic Franco Begbie Only Sick Boy, The Supreme Manipulator Of The Opposite Sex, Seems To Ride The Current, Scamming And Hustling His Way Through It All Skagboys Charts Their Journey From Likely Lads To Young Men Addicted To The Heroin Which Has Flooded Their Disintegrating Community This Is The S A Time Of Drugs, Poverty, AIDS, Violence, Political Strife And Hatred But A Lot Of Laughs, And Maybe Just A Little Love A Decade Which Changed Britain For Ever The Prequel To The World Renowned Trainspotting, This Is An Exhilarating And Moving Book, Full Of The Scabrous Humour, Salty Vernacular And Appalling Behaviour That Has Made Irvine Welsh A Household Name Since reading Trainspotting around the time it came out I have read and, to one degree or another, enjoyed every one of Irvine Welsh s books Before writing this review I had a look round at some of the other reviews and notice that this book does seem to polarise opinion, generally though most of the readers who have enjoyed previous Irvine Welsh books have enjoyed this one though certainly not all One reviewer likened Skagboys to the extras that turn on up on some DVDs, specifically that Skagboys is the extras for Trainspotting a in depth look at the main characters on their path to drug addiction, prison etc I feel that does this book a slight disservice Skagboys stands up on its own merits, whilst probably mainly appealing to people who read and enjoyed Trainspotting and Porno.
Irvine Welsh says that Skagboys was written as part of Trainspotting, and at the same time, whi This is one of the best fucking books I ve ever read 20 years ago I said the same thing about Trainspotting I ve come full circle following the Irvine train since then, and I ll always be a Welshian I may write a full review once I ve regained the ability to form sentences Or rather the sense that I ve any right or need to form them after this man puts the final dot on the page There is much to be said about this book, but I don t know that I am the one to say any of it, or if I even want to try I m still coming down I may never touch bottom read this book if it s the last thing you do.
Barry, you radge c t A seminal linguistic work on the intricacies of Scottish English and a thorough medical analysis of the perils of substance abuse 9 10 will enjoy unless a Jambo or a weedgie.
For the purposes of this review I decided to read Skagboys, Trainspotting and Porno one after another to get a true feel for the quality of each I d read prior to embarking on this epic trek through the trilogy that Skagboys is simply too long winded and meandering compared to the pithy set pieces of Trainspotting However, as a massive fan of Irvine Welsh I found Skagboys to be utterly enthralling and potentially even better than Trainspotting This is a complicated judgement though because without having read Trainspotting beforehand I don t think I would have enjoyed it so much The thrill for me was finding out so much of the background to all the characters I loved from Trainspotting the political context in particular is very interesting albeit predictable Thatcherism etc etc So de
It s been a long time 15 years since I read Irvine Welsh s Trainspotting, but its prequel, Skagboys, feels even better, at once ambitious, darker, and funnier than its predecessor Focusing once again on the same four characters Mark Renton, Simon Sick Boy Williamson, Spud, and Begbie , Welsh relates the story of how three of them first got hooked on heroin in the mid 1980s, while he simultaneously critiques class warfare, Margaret Thatcher s United Kingdom, and Scottish national identity.
Told or less in a series of vignettes, what Welsh does exceedingly well here is detail their descent into addiction especially Renton and Sick Boy as a reaction to the disgust they feel with themselves pleasurable anesthesia that distracts them from all the things they hate when they look in the mirror This level of addiction is something I ll ne Maybe you grew up in a city on the wrong side of town If so, you might find yourself saying I knew these characters or people who were very similar to them Irvine Welsh is a master at creating characters that are so real, with each so flawlessly described, that you don t lose track of who s who in his books This prequel to Trainspotting felt desperate and ominous Perhaps that was on account of having that feeling of dread when you knew where things are headed It is a searingly graphic and brutally honest depiction of a deep dive into the abyss of heroin addiction There is still plenty of humor with some characters being quite adept at self deprecation The political situation of the time continues as a backdrop to the story The city shuts down the needle exchange indifferent to the inevitable outcome of AIDS Who