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  •  If you liked the movie train spotting (3+ / 0-)
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    Then you will positively love the book.  One of my all time favorites.  I've read it many times and all the books that follow that touch on the characters.

    I can't rec train spotting enough.  You should have started reading it yesterday at the latest lol.

    It is just as laugh out loud funny and full of life as filth and deals with subjects and characters just as disturbing.

    The blurb on my cover says it deserves to sell more copies than the bible... IMO it does!

    My dad is Scottish, born in Edinburgh, and I found myself hearing he voices of my grandparents as I untangled the dialects, but my grandparents never indulged in such vulgarity... It was an amusing contrast.

    I met welsh once in San Francisco where he lived (part time?) for several years.  I had a Sunday radio on a pirate station and my "mentor" there interviewed him as part of his book tour in support of his book bedroom secrets of a master chef.  Unfortunately, I get very tongue tied around people I admire and all I could o was mutter about how I would love to see Harvey Keitel as ds Bruce Robertson in the movie, and he graciously pretended he hadn't heard that a million times before.  Then he signed my copy of filth.  I regret I didn't meet him out boozing which according to local legend he did frequently.  We even frequented some of the same dives...

    Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

    by No Exit on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 05:44:08 AM PDT

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    •  I'm glad to hear that; I'll read 'Trainspotting' (2+ / 0-)
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      this year. I've been wanting to anyway.

      That combination of funny and disturbing is very hard to balance into one whole. I've noticed that the movie was very influential on other movies, and on British TV (for instance, Shameless, which is now imported to a US version). Zany cartoon energy is delightful in small doses, but can get tiresome; scary dark drama is powerful, but hard to bear - so if you can find a way to combine the two, you get the highs and the lows, but have a huge emotional palette between them to work with. You can make something consistently engaging, that doesn't wear out the audience.

      It is extremely hard to manage this mix and maintain any feeling of realism. It's a bit easier in a movie, because you can maintain an edge-of-the-seat plot for 90 mins, so the audience doesn't have time to catch their breath and start doubting your storyline. Certainly, Danny Boyle's Trainspotting does this as skillfully as I've yet seen. And what I've read of Welsh has the same dangerous/hilarious roller coaster to it.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 10:32:52 AM PDT

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