I wish the library had all of Irvine Welsh's novels. This one disappeared from the shelves at some point a while back but I was very happy to find it on line. Now the book is back on the shelves of the library as T2. What our library doesn't have is the novel Glue where the characters from Trainspotting do appear as does a character from Porno make his first appearance. In fact Glue seems somewhat hard to find locally. The library absolutely must have the complete works of Toni Morrison and Norman Mailer but who cares about Irvine Welsh? Is he not important enough his entire works aren't in Portland's library collection? No, what we really need are more Philip Roth novels!
Not for the faint of heart, this sequel to Trainspotting (of which the movie adaptation is currently being filmed with all of the original actors coming back) is one of the most depraved books I have ever read. The inner workings of Irvine Welsh's brain are hilarious and horrible. Drugs, sex, violence, incomprehensible Scottish accents from the most lecherous and lurid people in existence abound... and that's just the first chapter. I loved it!
Pure brilliance! When I set out a few weeks ago to read Trainspotting I did not know there was more to be revealed. I was sad when the journey was over until I discovered Skagboys (which may be my favorite) and now Porno. Like life Porno was at times boring, hilarious, terrifying but always brilliant. A few of my favorite passages:
I believe in class war. I believe in the battle of the sexes. I believe in my tribe. I believe in the intelligent clued-up section of the working classes against the brain- dead moronic masses as well as the mediocre, soulless bourgeoisie. I believe in punk rock. In Northern Soul. In acid house. In mod. In rock n roll. I also believe in pre-commercial righteous, rap and hip hop.
That's why advertising and pornography are similar; they sell the illusion of availability and the non-consequence of consumption.
He really is a form of humanity that has been rendered obsolete by the new order, but he's still a human being. Cigarettes, alcohol, heroin, cocaine, speed, poverty and media mind-fucking: capitalism's weapons of destruction are more subtle and effective than Nazism's and he's powerless against them.
I guess I have no choice now but to go on read all of Irvine Welsh's works. Who knows maybe there is even another novel with Spuds, Mark Rents, Sick Boy and Beggar Boy.
The further adventures of a group of lunatic Scottish bunch after reuniting post Trainspotting. People may find bits of themselves in the characters portrayed in this lengthy book. A study into the thinking of a particular socio-economic group. I found the story fairly straight forward. The author really put a great deal of work into getting the Scottish brogue and language on paper probably not an easy feat. If coarse language is not your thing best to stay away.
Very good, very graphic
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