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Irvine Welsh has been writing the same book over and over again for 20 years.

Begbie who in Filth has given his name to an entire social, or anti-social, classSick Boy, Spud and Renton. I also dipped a toe into Gluea slightly cuddlier tale about some of their contemporaries. The new novel ewlsh perhaps offered up in the spirit of a Dark Knight -style reboot, a return to the lean efficiency of Trainspotting after the bagginess of Porno and Glue.

Renton drops out of university, and checks into rehab; Begbie is jailed irivne the escalation of a family feud to near-Albanian proportions. An unrecognised epidemic begins to pick off supporting cast members.


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Party like it’s Reheated Cabbage by Irvine Welsh: But underpinning his work is a consistent metanarrative: Thatcher created an army of the undead, a generation of middle-aged unemployed men in once-proud working-class urban areas; formerly tough and patriarchal, these men weslh quickly enfeebled by drink, and became objects of pity to their sons, who turned to more potent chemicals to spread the pain, to transfigure or obliterate reality.

Heroin makes sense in this context both because of the immense short-term pleasure it supplies, which Welsh has consistently and rather bravely emphasised, and because society provides these people with no incentive whatsoever for deferring any gratification that can be had: To live beyond the pale of such a society is — explicitly in the mind of Renton, the most cerebral member of the company — an act of civil urvine, and the only true act of self-expression there is.

Crucially for a writer whose rare ventures into sentimentality tend to be about male friendship, Welsh shows his characters betraying one another time and time again. But in the true clinical sense the whole gang are classic psychopaths: With such a crew, anybody would be hard pressed not to repeat themselves a bit.


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