I'm absolutely crazy about the book, actually just checked it out of the library for a reread (god I need my own copy). My favorite scene would have to be Spud and Rentons' trial, particularly when the judge is all "you couldn't possiby be stealing all these books to read, you junky scum" (yes, I'm paraphrasing) and Rents just tears into him, sounding all crazy high-brow, blowing them all away. I was so dissapointed they cut it out of the film, since I think it would have played well on screen.
I also love the job interviews, which didn't come across very well in the movie, but are just this side of brilliant in print.
I have two favourite chapters, the fist one is 'Bad Blood' featuring Davie Mitchell, the character with HIV who get's his own back. I like the fact that even though he's a twisted bastard throughout the chapter, he finds his own kind of peace in the end. I think that embodies all that is good about Irvine Welsh, the fact that he shows you the shit for the shit but also shows you that there's still beauty in the world. I also like 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out', as the language is beautiful and it shows the futility faced by all the characters individually.
I mentioned I was rereading, and I realized while doing so that my other favorite chapter is undoubtedly "Strolling Through The Meadow", which comes after "Courting Disaster", the trial scene that I already mentioned I love. This is irrelevant, really, except that I thought it was kind of funny the way your favorite chapters are sequential and so are mine (though not sequential to each other). Do we want to read too far into this, go on about the author's mind and cohesion of plot?
Perhaps not. In any case -I never really enjoyed "Bad Blood", largely because of the thing with the kid. I'm usually alright with gruesome, especially in service of literature, but anything to do with child abuse (even feigned) just squicks me out a bit too much to be enjoyable. The babysitter in me just wants to throw the book across the room (though I don't, since it's Trainspotting, and therefor sacred).
My favorite character is probably Spud, which is probably why I love "Strolling Through The Meadows" so much. I love it because it provides sch a stark contrast to "Courting Disaster" where Renton gets to look like the genius hero, and Spud just comes across as a junky dunce, because In "Strolling..." Spud knows who he is, holds onto his morals, and makes one of the more profound points in the book.
Beyond that, "Strolling Through the Meadows" is funny, it's probably one of the sweetest chapters in the book, and it gave me the quote that's been rolling around in my head for the last few days ("lets do it for the fans,").
Anyway, I'm sure you don't want me babbling on at you any longer, but it is such a relief to have someone to discuss this wonderful book with (also, you've got me running back to the book--I've got to reread "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out").
Wow, great reply. Yes indeed it is a relief to have someone to talk to about Trainsotting. It is the book that has influenced me most, both personally and as a writer. Yeah 'Strolling Through The Meadows' is a great chapter too. That's the one where Spud stops Renton wantingto kill the squirrel right? 'Magical wee silvery grey thing' lol. Yeah Spud is my favourite character as well, probably cause of that chapter. It's amazing, although he's essentially a rather weak-minded character, and a junkie to boot, that chapter really shows the beauty and vulnrability of his character. He has a purity and innocence about him despite all the bad things he has done/went along with.
Yeah the child abuse part of 'Bad Blood' did freak me out when i first read it, but what made it my favourite was the description at the end, after he gets his own back when he talks about all the beauty he can see in the world and how optimistic he is for the future. It makes you think that despite all the injustice there is in the world, life is what you make it.
Yeah you shouldn't have got me started, i could talk about this for hours lol.
Are you male or female by the way?
Yeah, "Strolling Through the Meadows" is the one where Spud stops Renton from killing the squirrel. I think my favorite part about it is when Renton's trying to justify himself and he says the squirrel's just vermin. Spud replies that the respectable "wifies" that just walked by think of them (Spud, Renton, Sick Boy & co., I mean. Pronouns are such a bitch, aren't they?) as vermin, too. It begs the question of who decides who is a worthwhile human being and who isn't, and I thought that just cut right to the heart of one of the most important themes of the novel.
And I agree, Spud is a baisically weak-minded character, but despite the fact he seems to be one of the more principled people in the novel, as shown in both this chapter and the one where he goes out for a drink with his relative (uncle? cousin?), the partially indian one, and they meet up with a bunch of inebriated racists. I think that chapter actually gives us some real insight as to how Spud got to be so fair minded and compassionate.
I also (yes, I'm still going on about "Strolling Through the Meadows") like the way in this chapter more than any other you can see that Renton and Sick Boy are friends. In all the other chapters it is said that they're friends, and close, but this chapter is the only one in which they actually seem to enjoy each other's company, or even like each other. I thought that was fun.
So yes, maybe I shouldn't have gotten you started, but a.) you started it, and b.) I don't mind at all. Keep going all day if you want to. I'll read it and reply because I'm totally psyched to actually have someone at least theoretically listening as I go on about Trainspotting. I, too, could go on for days, as you may have noticed.
And in reply to your question, I am most decidedly of the female persuasion. I assume the same of you due to your username and the pic you had up last week, but correct me if I'm wrong.
Aaah! I think i just found my soul mate!! You rock! Lol, sorry for the short reply, am rather drunk and at a party. That was a great message, ill reply properly when im sober and capable of having an intelligent conversation. And yeah im female. I had a pic of me on here, but i took it off when i realised no-one else seems to have pics of themselves on here and i was worried id attract weirdos. This is my page if u wanna know anything else about me. http://www.bebo.com/weeweegiegirl
I haven't bothered to put together a page about me (I'm far too lazy, and really only got a LJ account for this community. Is that pathetic?) but if there's anything you want to know about me, feel free to ask.
Also, don't worry about a lack of intelligent conversation, I'm flattered you took the time to reply while at a party. I'm also curious as to how. Do you have one of those fancy checks-your-email phones, or dod you hijack someone's computer? In either case I kind of love the fact that you managed to type out an intelligible response.
By the way, I read "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" the other night. You're right, it's absolutely fantastic, and also gave me one more chapter's worth of reasons Spud is my all-time favorite character. It made me want to go look up the song the title references, so I may run off to do just that...