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doc Ù Skagboys Paperback read ↠ irvine welsh ´ 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 educationalMen 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 It's been a long time – 15 years? – since I read Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting but its preuel Skagboys feels even better at once ambitious darker and funnier than its predecessor Focusing once again on the same four characters Mark Renton Simon Sick Boy Williamson Spud and Begbie Welsh relates the story of how three of them first got hooked on heroin in the mid 1980s while he simultaneously critiues class warfare Margaret Thatcher's United Kingdom and Scottish national identityTold or less in a series of vignettes what Welsh does exceedingly well here is detail their descent into addiction especially Renton and Sick Boy as a reaction to the disgust they feel with themselves – pleasurable anesthesia that distracts them from all the things they hate when they look in the mirror This level of addiction is something I'll never understand but after reading Skagboys I kind of get it Oblivion is nice right? There's a certain appeal to knowing your only obligation in life is finding your next fix But what Welsh definitely doesn't do is glamorize heroin addiction which was the rap against Trainspotting As the characters gradually become fixated on the spike in their veins to paraphrase Lou Reed there's no attempt to pretty up the corresponding decay in the rest of their lives Welsh is like always not afraid to go dark and I found myself relating to the characters – Renton especially a college kid who really should know better – with varying degrees of disgust and disappointmentIt's a rough read but it's also laugh out loud funny in places their climactic scheme to steal a factory's worth of morphine is hysterical and horrifying at the same time and Welsh's use of Scottish vernacular Totally skint man n the bread trap ay Christmas n New Year looms It's a awfay scene Mind you everybody's in the same boat Begbie comes roond the gaff n yuv nivir seen a rooster in such a foul mood ken? begins one chapter is as vibrant as ever I need to reacuaint myself with the rest of his stuff but right now Skagboys feels like the best thing Welsh has ever written

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Burgh'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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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 PERFECT I WANT MORESo happy to be reunited with these characters Love these guys than words can describe