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Irvine Welsh – Porno | Review

Title: Porno

Author: Irvine Welsh

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 486

Rating 4/5

 

 

This is a heavy old read, but what else would you expect from Irvine Welsh? In fact, because the print in this thing is so small, it felt as though it was longer than it was, so I ended up reading it over the course of a month or so, 25 pages at a time in bed. It’s pretty weird bedtime reading, but it was also a good way of doing it because it meant that the story unfolded in real time.

This is the book that the second Trainspotting movie is based on, and indeed it is a sequel, at least in that it follows the same characters. In this one, Sick Boy decides he’s going to make a porn movie, and we follow what happens as he starts shooting and editing the thing. Renton comes back from Amsterdam to help with the funding, and Begbie has been released from jail and is out for blood and vengeance.

There was good and bad to this, but I think that the good mostly overpowered the bad and made this one worth reading. My main complaint with it would be the ending, and even then it’s not as though I didn’t like what happened. It’s more that it felt rushed, especially the last ten pages or so, but then I’m also not sure I could have kept on reading it for too much longer.

 

 

What I did like is that we get to see a whole bunch of familiar faces including “Juice” Terry Lawson, who’s one of my favourite of Welsh’s creations. I also feel as though there were one or two minor characters that I’d come across from Welsh’s short stories, although I couldn’t swear by that. He builds these super realistic worlds which are arguably so realistic because he grounds them in our reality.

So all in all then, I was pretty happy with this one, although as I said, it’s not one that I’d recommend going into lightly. The tiny print and the Scottish dialect combine to make it a challenge, although Welsh also does a good job of spacing out the dialect-heavy sections with other sections that are written in regular English. These sections also allow us to see what’s happening from a few different points of view, and that’s cool because it allows us to get a different take on what’s happening.

Would I recommend this? Sure, if you’re an Irvine Welsh fan, but you ought to read Trainspotting first. I also don’t think that they’re the best of Welsh’s books (my favourite is Marabou Stork Nightmares), so it’s not exactly the perfect place to start. But if you’re a fan of Welsh’s writing then you’re going to get more of what you love here. And I’m glad my cat picked this out.


 

 

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Irvine Welsh – Crime | Review

Title: Crime

Author: Irvine Welsh

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 346

Rating: 9/10

 

Irvine Welsh - Crime

Irvine Welsh – Crime

 

Crime is another one of those not-so-rare Irvine Welsh books that’s just an excellent read, despite his unorthodox approach to spelling, grammar and punctuation. Welsh is never exactly easy to read, but I think that here, he’s at his most lucid, and the story line is easy for anyone to follow. Put simply, Detective Inspector Ray Lennox is on holiday in Florida, trying to take a rest and recouperation break from a child abuse case which threatened to derail his sanity. Unfortunately, things are never that simple in an Irvine Welsh book, and he ends up getting himself mixed up with a bunch of paedophiles, who he quite rightly wants to bring to rights.

Irvine Welsh is considered by many to be a writer of ‘drug books‘, but that’s not necessarily true here – fair enough, drugs are mentioned, and used by several of the characters, but it’s not a central part of the story line. No, that’s reserved for organised crime, and paedophilia rings in particular.

Detective Inspector Lennox is probably one of my favourite Irvine Welsh protagonists, particularly after this novel, and all of the characters that he uses are well thought out and well developed. In fact, I’d say that he’s at the top of his game here, and that this is a pretty good place to start if you’re new to his work, or a good pick for a second book if you’ve read Trainspotting.

Overall, then, Crime is a cracking hybrid thriller with some typical Welsh-isms thrown in, and it’s well worthy of the 9/10 that I gave it. I only didn’t give it a 10/10 because there were times when I was reading it that I kind of hoped for it to hurry up, or for me to get through the pages quicker. It’s also a challenging read, and it’s definitely not for everyone – that said, if you do like it, you’ll love it. Welsh is a bit like Marmite, for some people. But not me!

 

Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh

 

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