Irvine Welsh… Do you remember that feeling you get when you’re a teenager, and you find that one music band that seems to understand just what you’re going through? For me, that was Irvine Welsh.
It may seem unlikely, seeing as how he’s a middle-aged Scottish writer, whose main subjects are sex, drugs and rock’n’roll and therefore has nothing in common with a 16-year-old Romanian high school student who’s worst behavior was smoking in the High School bathroom.
Irvine Welsh’s masterpiece was Trainspotting, gaining, even more, momentum after the release of Danny Boyle’s cult classic movie.
However, my favorite Irvine Welsh book is not Trainspotting, nor is it Porn, the sequel to Trainspotting. My favorite book is the first part of the story of Renton, Begbie, Spud and Sick Boy, the properly named Skagboys.
The book follows the characters from a young age to the time when they get deep into their heroin addiction, where we find them at the beginning of Trainspotting.
The writing is witty, funny and, if you’re lucky enough to find the English version of the book, very very Scottish (it took me some time to get used to the dialect).
Welsh’s brand of sick, dark and very weird humor will make you laugh out loud throughout the book, but the very serious undertone of the book will make you think about what really matters to you, after all the friends are gone, all the fun is over, and you are only left with your mind.