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Ecstasy : Three Tales of Chemical Romance (edition 1996)

by Irvine Welsh

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Title:Ecstasy : Three Tales of Chemical Romance
Authors:Irvine Welsh
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (1996), Paperback, 276 pages
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Ecstasy : Three Tales of Chemical Romance by Irvine Welsh

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talk about a weird book.... ( )
  pam.enser | Apr 1, 2013 |
This book contains three separate stories, all connected by a subject close to the author's heart - drugs. I liked the middle one of the three best, which deals with a Thalidomide-style drug scandal, though there were good points about all three tales.

The first story pushes the boundaries of taste. Starting quite innocently with an ageing female romance writer, Welsh manages to hop, step and jump the story into necrophilia (including a particularly crude joke on the subject). Avoid if you're easily offended! ( )
  jayne_charles | Aug 31, 2010 |
My all time favorite Welsh, 3 simply filthy little stories! I'd just like to say that i DID own this and 'The Acid House' but both were borrowed permanently.
  drinkallsolution | Jun 11, 2009 |
It takes a while to get used to the very strong Scottish dialect and slang but once you do, the stories are gripping. Violent, vulgar and obscene but certainly gripping. All the stories have woven plot lines that come together at the end. The first is about a romance novel writer and a nurse. The second is about revenge against a pharmaceutical responsible for causing birth defects. The third is about a woman who leaves a loveless marriage. All three are rich with emotional detail. A very worthy read. ( )
  sggottlieb | Jan 2, 2009 |
All the gross-out drug-addled dialect-speak of Trainspotting, with a little corpse-buggering thrown in, but lacking the human impact. It revisits, without the flash of originality. ( )
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0393315819, Paperback)

With three wickedly funny and harrowing tales of love and its ups and downs, the ever-surprising Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting, virtually re-invents a new genre of fiction: the chemical romance. In "Lorraine goes to Livingston," a best-selling author of Regency romances, paralysed and bedridden, plans her revenge on a gambling, whoring husband with the aid of her nurse, Lorraine. In "Fortunes's Always Hiding," flawed beauty Samantha Worthington enlists a smitten young soccer thug to find the man who marketed the drug that crippled her from birth - in order to give him a taste of his own disastrous medicine. In the upbeat final tale, "The Undefeated," we experience the transfiguring passion of the miserably married young yuppie Heather and the raver Lloyd from Leith - a grand affair played out to a house music beat.

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With three delightful tales of love and its up and downs, the ever-surprising Irvine Welsh virtually invents a new genre of fiction: the chemical romance. In "Lorraine Goes to Livingston," a best-selling author of Regency romances, paralyzed and bedridden, plans her revenge on a gambling, whoring husband with the aid of her nurse, Lorraine. In "Fortune's Always Hiding," flawed beauty Samantha Worthington enlists a smitten young soccer thug to find the man who marketed. In the upbeat final tale, "The Undefeated," we experience the transfiguring passion of the miserably married young yuppie Heather and the raver Lloyd from Leith - a grand affair played out to a house music beat.… (more)

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