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Skagboys Ebook ´ 548 pages Download ✓ Mark Renton has it all he's good looking young with a pretty girlfriend and a place at university But there's no room for him in the 1980s Thatcher's government is destroying working class communities across Britain and the post war certainties of full employment educational opportunity and a welfare staBurgh's grimmer areas The way out is heroinIt's no better for his friends Spud Murphy is paid off from his job Tommy Lawrence feels himself being sucked into a life of petty crime and violence the worlds of the thieving Matty Connell and psychotic Franco Begbie Only Sick Boy the supreme manipulator of the opposite sex seems to ride the current scamming and hustling his way through it all Skagboys charts their journey from likely lads to young Since reading 'Trainspotting' around the time it came out I have read and to one degree or another enjoyed every one of Irvine Welsh's books Before writing this review I had a look round at some of the other reviews and notice that this book does seem to polarise opinion generally though most of the readers who have enjoyed previous Irvine Welsh books have enjoyed this one though certainly not all One reviewer likened 'Skagboys' to the extras that turn on up on some DVDs specifically that 'Skagboys' is the extras for 'Trainspotting' a in depth look at the main characters on their path to drug addiction prison etc I feel that does this book a slight disservice 'Skagboys' stands up on its own merits whilst probably mainly appealing to people who read and enjoyed 'Trainspotting' and 'Porno'Irvine Welsh says that 'Skagboys' was written as part of 'Trainspotting and at the same time which makes sense It's like a Scottish literary version of the superb US TV series The Wire The book directly or indirectly touches on all aspects of the world of heroin during the Thatcher years with the focus being on the core of working class lads from Leith During the course of the book some of the characters move from Edinburgh; to London; briefly to Amsterdam and a stint working on a Sealink ferry; to a rehab centre near Fife; and even the Battle of Orgreave during the Miners StrikeIrvine Welsh weaves in plenty of real life incidents into his narrative I just mentioned the infamous Battle Of Orgreave I was visiting Amsterdam in the mid 1980s when West Ham United and Manchester United hooligans caused chaos on the ferry to Holland and in the city Those events appear in 'Skagboys' too Talk about art imitating lifeAs with the other books about these characters the stories are told by different characters and from their different perspectives This is a real strength and gives the reader insights into each of the main characters and many of the minor ones too I think the 'Trainspotting' crew inspire Irvine Welsh's best writing 'Skagboys' is another visceral page turner It's such a shame that he is no longer flavour of the month as this book is absolutely superb If you loved 'Trainspotting' and 'Porno' then you'll probably revel in this preuel By turns hilarious appalling and freuently both at the same time It's also uietly profound too Irvine Welsh gives Renton numerous opportunities to take a route out of addiction but each time he reasons that heroin addiction is a rational response to the futility of the alternatives on offer in Thatcher's Britain and given his own personal history The addict as the ultimate free spirited non conformist That perhaps makes the book sound uite serious It certainly has moments of profundity but is as much about Irvine Welsh's trademark hilarious appalling dark witty insightful set pieces scams and stories

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Men addicted to the heroin which has flooded their disintegrating community This is the 1980s a time of drugs poverty AIDS violence political strife and hatred but a lot of laughs and maybe just a little love; a decade which changed Britain for ever The preuel to the world renowned Trainspotting this is an exhilarating and moving book full of the scabrous humour salty vernacular and appalling behaviour that has made Irvine Welsh a household na Despite the mixed reviews I had seen I love the 'Trainspotting' boys and it was good to add to ther backstories with this preuel Not as jovial as 'Porno' but with some fabulous gallows humour in places and when he tries Mr Welsh describes his home town of Edina with a wonderfully bleak turn of phrase A uality read likeasay catboy

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SkagboysMark Renton has it all he's good looking young with a pretty girlfriend and a place at university But there's no room for him in the 1980s Thatcher's government is destroying working class communities across Britain and the post war certainties of full employment educational opportunity and a welfare state are gone When his family starts to fracture Mark's life swings out of control and he succumbs to the defeatism which has taken hold in Edin Maybe you grew up in a city on the wrong side of town If so you might find yourself saying I knew these characters or people who were very similar to them Irvine Welsh is a master at creating characters that are so real with each so flawlessly described that you don’t lose track of who’s who in his books This preuel to Trainspotting felt desperate and ominous Perhaps that was on account of having that feeling of dread when you knew where things are headed It is a searingly graphic and brutally honest depiction of a deep dive into the abyss of heroin addiction There is still plenty of humor with some characters being uite adept at self deprecation The political situation of the time continues as a backdrop to the story The city shuts down the needle exchange indifferent to the inevitable outcome of AIDS Who in government or the general population gives a care about junkies? Laced throughout there are references to philosophers Schopenhauer and Kierkegaard used by Mark Renton the character who loves reading to help himself better understand the predicaments of his life He has a clear comprehension of the choices he’s made The choice to leave life behind as he once knew it and commit himself to stealing scoring and using A life of daily obstacles and limitations A life on the periphery lawless unwashed and nearly corrupted by want Yet the story ends with the elegant Welsh trademark There Renton and Simon spew poison out in every direction as they climb a rickety staircase to stand up in truth It gives me chills to think about it There is between the two lads that tiny spark of honesty which ends the story with hope