ASIN: 0393314804
This is a challenge to read. Written in Scottish phonetic dialect this takes a while to understand. It is however awesome and examines addiction in a first hand way like nothing else I've read. Can almost be looked at now as a period piece of early 90's bored youth in Scotland and the UK. The hangers on of the punk era with harder drugs and less hope.*
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Irvine Welsh’s controversial first novel, set on the heroin-addicted fringe of working-class youth in Edinburgh, is yet another exploration of the dark side of Scottishness. The main character, Mark Renton, is at the center of a clique of nihilistic slacker junkies with no hopes and no possibilities, and only “mind-numbing and spirit-crushing” alternatives in the straight world they despise. This particular slice of humanity has nothing left but the blackest of humor and a sharpness of wit. American readers can use the glossary in the back to translate the slang and dialect–essential, since the dialogue makes the book. This is a bleak vision sung as musical comedy.

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