What are some novels similar to Trainspotting

Trainspotting Vol. 1

Scotland, milieu, drug addiction and (attempted) drug flight, sex, anger, violence. More detailed content: see product description.

With "Trainspotting" Welsh presents an excellent "milieu study" that captivates and fascinates from the start. A large portion of social criticism and black humor accompany the story through its ups and downs, without causing boredom. The "depths" here, however, relate more to the depths of the drug swamp, into which some of the protagonists are drawn ever deeper, than to the qualitative "depths". Because they can't really be made out (from my point of view).

The choice of language, typically Welsh, exactly matches the milieu that is at stake. "It makes sense" there are still contemporaries who regard the style as ... more

Scotland, milieu, drug addiction and (attempted) drug flight, sex, anger, violence. More detailed content: see product description.

With "Trainspotting", Welsh presents an excellent "milieu study" that captivates and fascinates from the start. A large portion of social criticism and black humor accompany the story through its ups and downs, without causing boredom. The "depths" here, however, relate more to the depths of the drug swamp, into which some of the protagonists are drawn deeper and deeper, and less to the qualitative "depths". Because they can't really be made out (from my point of view).

The choice of language, typically Welsh, exactly matches the milieu that is at stake. "It makes sense" there are still contemporaries who refer to the style as "fecal language". However, if "feces" can be transported so close to reality and everyday language, and Irvine Welsh does this excellently in the vast majority of his books, it has to be an award.

Mainly known from the (almost) eponymous film adaptation by Danny Boyle, the novel appeals to me more, as the individual characters within a novel can (logically) be worked out more clearly.

If you want to get to know Edinburgh in particular and the everyday life there of a youth culture that is often brutalized and exposed to hopelessness (with a constant tendency to drug consumption), you will find excellent access in Trainspotting. After all, Welsh also incorporates numerous experiences that he has made himself. However, anyone who loves dusty, classical literature (for whatever reason ...) will definitely not be happy with the novels by Welsh.

For me, "Trainspotting" is definitely one of the milestones of modern literature that was taken from the realities of life - and not from the artificial affectations of an "intellectual literary scene". In conclusion, it remains to be said: If you want to deal with the works of Irvine Welsh as a whole, you should definitely choose "Trainspotting" as an introductory novel. After all, many of the follow-up works have a direct or indirect reference to this novel.

Final verdict: From my side there is the very clear "read command"! Restriction: Anyone who doesn't know what to do with the realities of life and thinks that life consists only of standardized ideals wrapped in cotton balls should definitely refrain. Because: be careful! Life can be damn dirty.


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