Prequel to the best-selling phenomenon Trainspotting, this exhilarating and moving novel shows how Welsh’s colorful miscreants first went wrong.
Marked by Irvine Welsh’s scabrous humor and raw Scottish vernacular, Skagboys transports us to 1980s Edinburgh, where the Trainspotting crew is just getting started. Mark Renton has it all: the first in his family to attend university, he has a pretty girlfriend and a great social life. But when economic uncertainties and family problems intervene, Rent succumbs to the defeatism - not to mention the drug use - that has taken hold in Edinburgh’s tougher quarters. His friends are responding according to personality. Laid off, Spud Murphy is paralyzed in the face of long-term unemployment. Sick Boy, supreme manipulator of the opposite sex, is scamming and hustling for money and drugs. And meanwhile, psycho Franco Begbie is scaring the hell out of everyone. Darkly humorous, Skagboys gives a gritty and gripping portrait of a time, not unlike ours, when money was scarce, unemployment was high, and drugs seemed the answer.
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Something to know first for the audible crowd
Very very high. But I enjoy most of Welsh's work.
Glue by Irvine Welsh
For Americans who have never *read* any of Irvine Welsh's books, understand that he writes his books phonetically. For instance... "a full bottle of whiskey" is actually written as "a fill boatle ay whisky" in the book. This is intentional, and is how Mr. Welsh has written all of his novels when narrated by a Scot (most of them). So, you start thinking with a Scottish accent to understand them.
The point is that it really wouldn't matter if a different narrator with a less pronounced accent read the book aloud. The book itself is actually written to be read aloud with an extremely thick Scottish accent. Check out an excerpt or two from the actual book and you will begin to understand.
Now, many people could make a compelling argument that they have little enough time to read, which is why they *listen* to books. So, why would they want to *work* at listening to an audio book?The answer is very simple. The story is worth it. The characters are worth it. The memories you make while enjoying the experience are worth it.
My advice for this outstanding performance would be to think and listen with an accent. Who knows? "Ye jest mieet firgeet yirsaelf."
A Note on the Performance
- James Abraham