by Irvine Welsh | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0749396067 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ebonystar of Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on 3/6/2006
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by ebonystar from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, March 6, 2006
i've read about half of this- and am in love with it already. don't want it to end.....

registered as part of the race to 3 million challenge

Journal Entry 2 by ebonystar from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, March 20, 2006
this is a brilliant, gritty, collection of stories. the stories centre around a group of (well, i hesitate to say friends) who live around edinburgh, take drugs and, well, you know.
there's the story of how one of the group gets infected with AIDS, deliberately passes it onto a girl (by rape), then she unknowingly passes it onto one of his 'friends'. what his friend does in retaliation isn't nice. also, my favourite from the film, the shit in the sheet
so yeah, not for the faint hearted- there's swearing in practically every sentance, graphic violence, drug taking etc etc. also a bit depressing as people contemplate the meaning of life in a bleak way.....
may release for the 'in the pictures SSM'

Journal Entry 3 by ebonystar from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, June 12, 2006
Doing a bookray for this book- first UK, then International.
please pm me with your shipping preferences if you'd like to join.

perfect-circle (uk)-INT
.pulcherrima -europe

.TracyR (uk) -INT- wants to be near the end of the ring)
.squeakychu- US only
.Armena (us) - INT
.katekintail (us) INT- near end of u.s
.totoroandmei (japan)-Asia

anyone who has pmed me and isn't on here within a day or so, please pm me again- the first one might not have gotten through :)

Journal Entry 4 by ebonystar from Sheffield, South Yorkshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, June 27, 2006
sending to the first participant in this ray- perfect-circle, enjoy!

Journal Entry 5 by perfect-circle from Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Thursday, June 29, 2006
arrived today, thanks. I will start it when I return from the UK Unconvention at the weekend.

Journal Entry 6 by perfect-circle from Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Friday, July 7, 2006
If it hadn't been for the appearance of this on the BBC Big Read and the fact that I needed to pass it on in a timely manner, I probably would have given up on this after the first few pages. I wasn't expecting the Scottish dialogue at all and spent most of the book with a very dodgy Scottish accent in my head. I found the scenes from the film easier to read because I knew exactly what was going on.

A good collection of snapshots rather than a book with a detailed plot to follow, it is a good read, I just found it hard work in places.

Posting off to pulcherrima over the weekend. Thanks ebonystar for starting this ray.

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posted off today.

Journal Entry 8 by pulcherrima from Tommerup Stationsby, Fyns Amt Denmark on Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Arrived yesterday. I'll start reading it right away since I don't have any other bookrings/ray currently.

Journal Entry 9 by pulcherrima at sent to bookcrosser in Mail, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, August 1, 2006

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Mailed to next on the list

Journal Entry 10 by TracyR on Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Arrived safely with me this morning.
I have a couple of rings in front of it, but will get to it as soon as i can.

Journal Entry 11 by TracyR on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
I am so sorry but this book is just not for me. I am finding myself trying to read it out loud just to try and understand what they are saying. My Scottish accent just sounds dreadful when pronouncing words and so i have decided to give up after a few chapters.
Thanks for arranging this so i could at least 'try' to read it.

I will be sending this off to the next person just as soon as i have the address.

Journal Entry 12 by TracyR on Thursday, August 24, 2006
Sent out by surface mail to squeakychu today.

Journal Entry 13 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Monday, August 28, 2006
The book arrived today. Thanks, ebonystar, for starting this bookray. Thanks, TracyR, for all the BC goodies (stickers, stickies, bookmark, postcard). If someone from Wales struggles with
the Scottish accent in this book, what's an American going to do? We'll have to see! :-)

Journal Entry 14 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, October 27, 2006

It was worth the time and effort I put into learning the dialect and working out the dialogue of this story. A very intimate look into the lives of a group of down-and-out drug addicts and friends, this story really turned out to be about one character -- Mark Renton -- whose fate took an interesting turn in the end. This book was alternately funny, gross, challenging, disgusting, and interesting.

This was a different kind of read for me, but one I ended up thinking was quite good. Thanks, all, for your patience as I worked my way through this book and to ebonystar for sharing it with me.

Hint ... There are some very good glossaries online to use to decipher the Scottish dialect and make this book much easier to understand. I used one for a while until I got the hang of the language, and then...the rest of the book was a breeze. The one I used was the entry by Federov listed on this forum.

Hey...I also found a Wikipedia article about this book which might help readers make more sense of the stories and the confusing cast of characters a bit more clear.

This book is now on its way to Aramena in Oklahoma, U.S. (not Armena in Germany). Enjoy!

Journal Entry 15 by wingAramenawing from Noble, Oklahoma USA on Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Arrived yesterday! I have a couple of other book rings ahead of it but they should be quick reads so it won't be long!

Journal Entry 16 by wingAramenawing from Noble, Oklahoma USA on Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Well, I really intended to finish this book, but today I just stopped and closed it at page 126. I find I'm concentrating on the Scottish dialog so hard that I'm missing the actual story. I put the book aside for a couple of days and read something else, but when I came back to it today I realized that if it's this hard to read, then I don't have to read it. Regardless, thanks to ebonystar for giving me the opportunity to try it, and I forgot to thank SqueakyChu for the lovely bookmark that she included with the book! I'm mailing to the next person today.

Journal Entry 17 by KateKintail from Burke, Virginia USA on Saturday, December 2, 2006
I received this in the mail today. I have another bookring book I must finish first, but hopefully I will be able to start this by Monday at the latest. After reading some of the reviews here, I'm nervous and hope I'll be able to finish it. I love the movie (which was one of the first DVDs I ever purchased-Mmmm Ewan...) and I've written&read a lot of the Scottish dialect so I think I have a good sporting chance with this book!

Whatever my fate, thank you, ebonystar, for the bookring!

Journal Entry 18 by KateKintail from Burke, Virginia USA on Friday, December 29, 2006
Wow. I made it through with no problem (there were perhaps 3 or 4 words I didn't know but that's it), but what a book! Gritty certainly was a good word for it! Very dark and startling. But I LOVE character-driven books, and exploring other cultures through stories, so this was a good book for me.

I love the movie, which probably helped me a bit. I found the differences between book and movie fascinating, and I'm glad I got the chance to read the book! It was interesting what aspects of book characters they combined to create movie characters, and how they played up some aspects and not others.

I liked the concentration on HIV/AIDS in the book, especially the Rent boy's awareness and carefulness. I was especially interested to find out what the book had to say about Baby Dawn, since her death isn't really explained in the movie and I always said crib death but people disagreed with me.

My favorite parts were getting to know Spud and Rents even better. I got from the movie, obviously, that they were good mates, but I thought their bond on the pages came through a lot more. It was very... sweet. I really liked the bit about Mark being a vegetarian, and about Spud caring so much about animals. Spud's a good guy, likesay :-) Oh, and I liked getting into Sick Boy's head regarding the James Bond dialogue. LOL

Sure the subject matter was harsh and parts were definitely disgusting. But I actually really enjoyed the book and the dialogue. The characters and their world really came alive for me, if that makes any sense. I had a few problems trying to figure out the POV for various chapters (some of them took me a page or two to figure out). But all in all, I liked the book. I'm definitely going to have to track down Porno now :-)

Sent out in the mail today to totoroandmei in Japan. Thanks again for the bookring ebonystar!

Journal Entry 19 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Thursday, February 22, 2007
Perfect timing. Arrived today just as I am getting done with a ring. Thanks for sharing!

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