Porno, Paperback book

Porno[Paperback]

by Irvine Welsh

3.11 out of 5 (9 ratings)

Format:
Paperback 
Pages:
496 
Publisher:
Vintage 
Publication Date:
01 July 2003 
Category:
Modern & Contemporary 
ISBN:
9780099422464 

Description

Ten years on from Trainspotting, Simon 'Sick Boy' Williamson is back in Edinburgh after a long spell in London. Having failed spectacularly as a hustler, pimp, husband, father and businessman, Sick Boy taps into an opportunity, which to him represents one last throw of the dice. However, to realise his dream of directing and producing a pornographic movie, Sick Boy must team up with old pal and fellow exile Mark Renton and a motley crew that includes the city's favourite ex-aerated-water-salesman, 'Juice' Terry Lawson. In the world of Porno, however, nothing is straightforward, as Sick Boy and Renton find out that they have unresolved issues to address, concerning the increasingly unhinged Frank Begbie, the troubled, drug-addled Spud, but, most of all, with each other.

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  • Did we need this novel to finish up any unfinished business? No. Still, it's magnificent. The final section, where things come together, was particularly fantastic. An important meditation on the modern practice of revitalizing rough areas...that the facade may change, but the dynamics remain...as well. Welsh can't let these characters go, and I'm glad--and neither can I.

    5.00 out of 5

    JWarren42

  • If you liked Trainspotting and are interested to know what the characters are up to 10 years later, then read this. :)Typical Welsh, funny, shocking, horrifying & great dialogue. Its a very well plotted story, told in alternating first-person chapters by 5 main characters.Although a lot of the plot is pretty predictable, bar a small twist or two, Porno kept me very interested to the last word and left me feeling satisfied.

    4.50 out of 5

    roastedkidneybean

  • This was an interesting book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, yet it wasn't quite as great as Trainspotting. Overall, an interesting book that you should read if you are a fan of Irvine Welsh.

    4.00 out of 5

    Sarah_Buckley

  • Welsh displays a lot of weaknesses in this book. The plot is extremely contrived, the sex gets boring after a while, and while reading Nikki's parts, it feels like a guy writing from a girl's perspective rather than just the natural flow of the book. Interesting that in Trainpotting he had brilliant parts from the perspective of the young girl Nina and the Waitress and the soup. This time he tries to incorporate a major female character and while not a disaster, it doesn't work too well.Still, if you like Trainspotting, there's no reason not to read Porno. Characters like Spud, Begbie and Mark are irresistible. Almost all the characters from the first book come up again, and things have changed a lot. Leith, Dianne & Mark, Second Prize, Mark's sister-in-law, etc. Speaking of, you must read Trainspotting before this. There are so many subtle connections you will miss.

    3.00 out of 5

    jjs6791

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