The guy that stabbed the boy in the shopping centre. But it all falls down with the gratuitous sex scenes and the tasteless references to bondage. Irvine Welsh says, if you don't get to the bottom of things, are you really alive? I felt waves of nostalgia when reading certain reference points which I've only come to appreciate when penning this review it's got a very late '80s feel. Sadly, the other half can be boring, pointless and at some points fucked up, even for Irvine Welsh. Welsh's characters are edgy; society's dregs, hard-luck losers pinned to seediness by their own low expectations. Ronnie is a sketchy personality type in the story, because he is unfailingly stoned on drugs, mumbling and only partially conscious. The Trainspotting author's scabrous wit, rave aesthetic and skewed world view run through each tale.
I feel like if I lived my life in some dusty Scot I had watched trainspotting as a teenager and had prematurly assumed that Irvine Welsh was a genius. Another wee collection of short stories! Probably my favorite by Irvine Welsh other than Trainspotting. How Ronnie manages to attract a bride is part of the black comedy that pervades this book. Irvine Welsh is also known for writing in his native Edinburgh Scots dialect, making his prose challenging for the average reader unfamiliar with this style. However, that's not to say the realistic stories don't stand side-by-side with them, drug addled frenzies more than compensate, on top of a scathing social commentary which leaves no shit unturned.
I really enjoyed these stories. It really is spit your dinner out material, but it grips you unbelievably hard. The book's author, Irvine Welsh, does not present Brian or the narrators of other stories in a forgiving light, yet in showing that they sometimes agonize over their wrongs, he implies that they would be better people if they had not been raised in such morally impoverished surroundings. In retrospect, it would have been better served with another writer adapting it and putting in some different ticks, rather than my cut-and-paste job. Irvine's Comment The Acid House was an excellent film, in it's own grungy, uncompromising low-rent way.
Becoming inured at an early age to the human savagery at the bottom of the social ladder is the only way to survive the meanness and degradation so flamboyantly exhibited in these three vignettes evoking the lower depths of North Edinburgh. Neither of his killers even now his real name, instead referring to him as Blind Cunt, because he is blind. And he wrote me back! Three twisted tales from the seamy side of Scotland and the mind of Irvine Welsh. Otherwise, this may just seem to be a big flubbery mess with it's obvious brilliance scattered about, when really, it's a great, quirky collection of some very odd stories. Review By the simple law of averages you're bound to like at least some portion of a portmanteau or multi-story film. All three of his parts symbolise a human manifestation of God.
With a cackling nihilistic glee, the movie rubs our faces in the stinking, screaming muck of raw human appetite and insists that that's all there is. Die totale Abkehr von Liebe und Menschlichkeit, dies zeichnet viele Texte von Irvine Welsh aus. Using a range of approaches from bitter realism to demented fantasy, Irvine Welsh is able to evoke the essential humanity, well hidden as it is, of his generally depraved, lazy, manipulative, and vicious characters. I really enjoyed the novella at the end. Tinaappears in A Smart Cunt Tina is Ronnie's girlfriend, who later becomes his wife. Well, I don't know, Welsh - your philosophy is debatable but your prose is stunning.
Caught in a dalliance with another character's sister, he beats up the boy, but when he goes downstairs, he finds that his grandfather has died sitting in his chair. Seems a nice enough young fellow. The misfortunes are of a people inherently unprofitable, without place in the neo-liberal hell scape they are emerging into. Welsh has a lot on offer here in these experimental stories. This is the fucking tops, a collection of stories delving into the depravity and disillusionment of post-Thatcher Scotland.
This winds me up massively! At first, his girlfriend seems oblivious that he is a hopeless addict, and when she finally realizes it, she accepts it with a shrug. Belting banter from the master of the smack house jive. You do get guys like Boab walking around feeling sorry for them self. The Soft Touch: a man is too soft to do anything when his wife moves in with the thug upstairs. The other two are fantastical tales of transformation. But that's all right - nothing wrong with a specific vision as long as it's this amusing and relentless. The vignette views Johnny with the same sadistic scorn as Catriona and Larry, who in the story's most sickening scene beat up the poor sap just for kicks.
Coco is thus regarded as brain-damaged, and Tom as a precocious, if foul-mouthed, wonderkid. Everyone here who commented from outside Scotland say they are offended by it, its not just a sick twisted movie. It suffered from comparisons with Trainspotting, as almost anything would have, but I was very proud of it. Die Sprache funktioniert als Übersetzung ins Deutsche nicht so gut wie im Original, hier fehlt das Spiel mit den korrekten Dialekten. It also involves lots of drugs, I mean, hey. It features 'The Granton Star Cause', 'A Soft Touch' and 'The Acid House.
I enjoyed that aspect; we get to see Welsh explore different themes and styles. The grotesque baby puppet from 'The Acid House' calls to mind the ceiling-crawling sprog in Renton's bedroom, while the opening sequence of 'The Granton Star Cause' characters introduced in freeze frame at a football match looks like a copy of the first moments of Danny Boyle's picture. His stories are always insane, his characters flawed but wonderful, and the usage of Scottish vernacular is the coolest way books have been written since A Clockwork Orange. Ollyappears in A Smart Cunt Olly, which is short for Olivia, is Brian's girlfriend for a while in the novella. Probably most famous for his gritty depiction of a gang of Scottish Heroin addicts, Trainspotting 1993 , Welsh focuses on the darker side of human nature and drug use.