Ecstasy, Paperback book

Ecstasy: Three Tales Of Chemical Romance[Paperback]

by Irvine Welsh

2.70 out of 5 (5 ratings)

Publication Date:
05 April 2012 
Modern & Contemporary 


Lloyd from Leith has a transfiguring passion for the unhappily married Heather. Together they explore the true nature of house music and chemical romance. Will their ardour fizzle and die or will it ignite and blaze like a thousand suns? Ecstasy follows them and others through the backstreets of Edinburgh, stifling suburban sitting rooms and the bright lights of London. Exhilarating and dazzling, this is Welsh at his very best.

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  • This book contains three separate stories, all connected by a subject close to the author's heart - drugs. I liked the middle one of the three best, which deals with a Thalidomide-style drug scandal, though there were good points about all three tales. The first story pushes the boundaries of taste. Starting quite innocently with an ageing female romance writer, Welsh manages to hop, step and jump the story into necrophilia (including a particularly crude joke on the subject). Avoid if you're easily offended!

    3.50 out of 5


  • It takes a while to get used to the very strong Scottish dialect and slang but once you do, the stories are gripping. Violent, vulgar and obscene but certainly gripping. All the stories have woven plot lines that come together at the end. The first is about a romance novel writer and a nurse. The second is about revenge against a pharmaceutical responsible for causing birth defects. The third is about a woman who leaves a loveless marriage. All three are rich with emotional detail. A very worthy read.

    3.00 out of 5


  • Another story of some youngish people and their relationships, revolving around a club scene that has a lot of Ecstasy being consumed.One great quote, about a woman's ex, who has become a suit, "...a man who changes his woman is one thing, but a man who changes his football team shows a lack of character."This after she finds out that he has decided to barrack for one of the big name clubs, get into a corporate box etc., rather than the small lower division team they had supported all their lives while growing up.

    3.00 out of 5


  • All the gross-out drug-addled dialect-speak of Trainspotting, with a little corpse-buggering thrown in, but lacking the human impact. It revisits, without the flash of originality.

    2.00 out of 5


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