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on December 25, 2013
This is not a book you can finish in one sitting, but also not one you want to put down. Much like Trainspotting and Porno before it, it is full of stark imagery of the life of a junkie, and all of the prevailing circumstances that could potentially lead one to go down that path. It is also a very poignant criticism of Thatcherism, and a scathing critique of the misery that her policies brought upon the so-called 'underclasses'. With that historical component to it, and from a purely entertaining stand-point, this is a book any Irvine Welsh fan must read.
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on June 6, 2012
Classic welsh all the information back ground on all of our beloved scottish junkies. Spot on i loved it a must read for all of our inn er addicts
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on October 14, 2012
This was my first long flight book of summer. It runs through the lives of the characters before Trainspotting. A well written book told through the eyes of each character in turn. As it is told in the Leith dialect you need to get used to the phrasing. Full of both pathos and humor it has a ring of truth that will delight most but will offend rehab councilors and other know-it-all socialists.
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on September 11, 2013
Having first read Trainspotting, I fell hard for Irvine's characters. Irvine has the ability to make the reader better understand their own faults and weaknesses, while alluding to a macro-socioeconomic crisis common to every society . From the first page, it's the type of book you want to keep on going. Highly recommended!
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on June 14, 2015
Skagboys is the prequel to Trainspotting, though it's a far more linear book than it's predecessor, and far more in keeping with the tone of the first book than the sequel, Porno. I'd recommend it for hardcore Irvine Welsh fans.
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