Review: Skagboys by Irvine Welsh

14 Feb

12926063Skagboys by Irvine Welsh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Best known for the novel (made into a movie) Trainspotting, SKAGBOYS is Irvine Welsh’s newest work. SKAGBOYS is also a PREQUEL to Trainspotting, so if you were a fan, this is definitely for you. This includes many of the same characters (including my favorite, Begbie, and a considerable political and satirical content. Lots of back-story and snarky dialogue. Funny and tragic and grim, it still depicts another hopeless descent into addiction. Many other readers haven’t liked this book, because it seems a tired rehashing of the other two books in the series (Trainspotting, and its sequel, Porno), but I found it just as enthralling and exciting, like meeting up again with old friends.


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