The chase that opens Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting distilled the rowdy spirit of that novel in a zeitgeisty sequence full of rambunctious zip. Ewan McGregor’s junkie upstart delivers his countercultural “Choose life” monologue with an impish relish while sprinting from store detectives through the streets of Edinburgh to Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life”. Welsh’s debut and Boyle’s film were such key pop-culture phenomenons that it didn’t come as much of a surprise that he’d return to their blackly comic fictional universe in subsequent books. Read more Watch our exclusive deleted T2: Trainspotting scene feat. Spud T2 Trainspotting’s obsession with the past says a lot about today 20 years after Trainspotting, is it still ‘shite’ being Scottish? In fact he has built something of a franchise, with more four novels featuring the hapless retinue of Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie, taking in a prequel, a sequel and a spin-off following the trajectory of one key character. With his related fifth novel, Dead Men’s Trousers, however, it seems the Trainspotting bacchanal might finally have run out of steam. True to form, Welsh’s 12th novel is as scabrous, kinetic and outlaw-posturing as any in the series. Renton has become… Read full this story
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