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Porno by Irvine Welsh

Porno (edition 2003)

by Irvine Welsh

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Authors:Irvine Welsh
Info:Vintage (2003), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 496 pages
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So I picked up this book because I'm trying to read more from my bookshelves before I have to move sometime in the next year or so.

I had already read about half of this book but had put it down after Welsh wrote something awful happening to one of the female characters, and I didn't feel like reading it anymore.

18 months or so later, I picked it up and read all the way to the end. Whew.

Porno is shocking and sexy and awful, utterly awful, as Welsh's writing usually is. I will say that it is a departure from Trainspotting in that there's slightly less drug use and quite a bit more sex.

One thing that I didn't like about it was the sheer amount of sexual violence against women. I also felt that Trainspotting has a lot more depth to it as a novel. Porno? Not so much, this felt a little bit more like fan service, as if the characters were allowed to get away with so much more just because of who they were.

I did like the writing, I love reading some of Welsh's words and the way he weaves his story in phonetic Scots and Scots Leid and all the slang, even if it is difficult to read sometimes. I still found it really readable, but I didn't love it as much as I loved Trainspotting.

Oh, and trigger warnings for all the things. Sexual violence, assault, drug use, drug references, non-consensual sex, all the things. It's an Irvine Welsh novel. ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
I took me a little while to get into this but once my brain had worked out the accents it was great. Very funny, some truly awful scenes and quite brilliant writing. ( )
  Superenigmatix | Jan 16, 2016 |
This was an interesting book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, yet it wasn't quite as great as Trainspotting. Overall, an interesting book that you should read if you are a fan of Irvine Welsh. ( )
  Sarah_Buckley | Jan 3, 2014 |
Did we need this novel to finish up any unfinished business? No. Still, it's magnificent. The final section, where things come together, was particularly fantastic. An important meditation on the modern practice of revitalizing rough areas...that the facade may change, but the dynamics remain...as well. Welsh can't let these characters go, and I'm glad--and neither can I. ( )
  JWarren42 | Oct 10, 2013 |
Ah’ll tell, fuckin crappin Welsh ah think masel jist git a beer n read aboot aw auld Leithers. Ah’m thinking aboot thit cunt book Porno like it wis pillin ma heid oaf.

Porno marks the arrival of the conniving Leithers-Sick Boy, Renton, Spud and Begbie. The narration parting in three dimensions Stag, Porno and Exhibition; drafts the homecoming of Simon (Sick Boy) to Leith amid resuming his wayward Machiavellian schemes to earn hard cash through filming a lowly dissident pornographic film with few distorted local chums and couple university chicks. Meanwhile Mark Renton is a co-owner of a classy club in Amsterdam however discontented with his whorish girlfriend. Spud on the other hand is still the low-life scum trying to get his drug habit kicked off, attending several rehab sessions. Begbie, serving imprisonment unknowingly receives a steady supply of gay porn from Sick Boy and harbors resentment towards Renton.

As the novel progresses, the iniquitous members of Leith’s most fucked up dwellers intervene in each other lives trustfully, shagging their way to merriment whilst fabricating plots to avenge Renton’s swindle.

It is highly unfeasible to deter from comparing the two novels as it a continuum. Welsh’s struggle to fetch the magnetism of Trainspotting seems to be lost in the uncanny setting. Contrasting the former, the asymmetrical placement of each character’s existence into alternate segments of defined chapters thwarts the streaming of the offered storyline. Welsh bringing new characters viz: - Nikki Smith, Rabs, Carl Ewart; interlinking his other novel Glue (another feeble rationalization of Trainspotting) does compose the intriguing element giving an inventiveness. Alas! All fails to electrify and recapture the daunting enchantment of his sole winner- Trainspotting. At present I mull over the prospects of Skagboys- prequel to this scamming cult.
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  Praj05 | Apr 5, 2013 |
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Porno, Irvine Welsh's highly entertaining--though completely unnecessary--sequel to his cult classic, Trainspotting, reunites the gang as they pursue another big-payoff scheme. It's been 10 years since Mark Renton walked away with the cash from a drug sale perpetrated by himself and his mates, Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson, Danny "Spud" Murphy, and Francis Begbie. The megalomaniacal Sick Boy has returned to Edinburgh, where stag film producer "Juice" Terry Lawson has given him the idea for a bold new scam: to locally produce a high-end adult film. Lawson introduces Sick Boy to the beautiful and egocentric Nikki Fuller-Smith, a student and aspiring star. Passivity and self-destructive tendencies have left well-meaning junkie Spud poor and alone, while time has only intensified the anger of the psychotic Begbie, who's fresh out of prison, back in Edinburgh, and obsessed with taking revenge on Renton. Sick Boy locates and persuades Renton, a successful club owner in Amsterdam, to help him steal money for his new production company. From the book's multiple points of view, it's soon clear that everyone's running their own scam, making conflicts--and long-awaited confrontations--inevitable.

Welsh's brutally honest prose and gallery of likeable ne'er-do-wells are in full display here, but the novel feels somewhat superfluous. Porno adds little insight into the characters or events of Trainspotting and fails to match its invention or sense of purpose. However, the author's obvious affection for these characters and dedication to authentically rendered dialogue and setting elevate Porno above mere slapdash reworking. As the novel builds momentum, Welsh wonderfully communicates the intense bravado driving his reckless characters. During such moments of vitality and humor, Porno is superficial but undeniably charming. --Ross Doll

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Ten years after the events detailed in "Trainspotting", Simon Williamson, a.k.a. Sick Boy, is back in Edinburgh to direct and produce a porn film along with university student Nikki Fuller-Smith and old friend Mark Renton.

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