Porno

Porno

A Terry Lawson Novel

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
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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In the last gasp of youth, Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson is back in Edinburgh. He taps into one last great scam: directing and producing a porn film. To make it work, he needs bedfellows: the lovely Nikki Fuller-Smith, a student with ambition, ego, and troubles to rival his own; old pal Mark Renton; and a motley crew that includes the neighborhood's favorite ex-beverage salesman, "Juice" Terry. In the world of Porno, however, even the cons are conned. Sick Boy and Renton jockey for top dog. The out-of-jail and in-for-revenge Begbie is on the loose. But it's the hapless, drug-addled Spud who may be spreading the most trouble. Porno is a novel about the Trainspotting crew ten years further down the line: still scheming, still scamming, still fighting for the first-class seats as the train careens at high velocity with derailment looming around the next corner.
The Trainspotting lads are back...and in worse shape than ever.

Blackwell North Amer
In the fag-end of his youth, Simon 'Sick Boy' Williamson is back in his native Edinburgh after a long spell in London. Having failed spectacularly as a hustler, pimp, husband, father and businessman, Sick Boy taps into an opportunity, which to him represents one last throw of the dice.
To enable this scam to work out, Sick Boy needs bedfellows. A desirable one may be the lovely Nikki Fuller-Smith, a young student with enough ambition, ego and troubles to rival his own. However, to realize his dream of directing and producing a pornographic movie, Sick Boy gets teamed up with old pal and fellow exile Mark Renton and a motley crew that includes the city's favourite ex-aerated-water salesman, 'Juice' Terry Lawson.
In the world of Porno, however, nothing is straight-forward, as Sick Boy and Renton find out that they have unresolved issues to address, concerning the increasingly unhinged Frank Begbie, the troubled, drug-addled Spud, and, most of all, with each other.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2002
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780393057232
0393057232
Branch Call Number: FICTION WELSH...I
Characteristics: 483 pages ; 22 cm + 1 poster (color ; 69 x 46 cm folded to 23 x 12 cm)

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avocadotree
Jun 10, 2017

I wish the library had all of Irvine Welsh's novels. This one disappeared from the shelves at some point a while back but I was very happy to find it on line. Now the book is back on the shelves of the library as T2. What our library doesn't have is the novel Glue where the characters from Trainspotting do appear as does a character from Porno make his first appearance. In fact Glue seems somewhat hard to find locally. The library absolutely must have the complete works of Toni Morrison and Norman Mailer but who cares about Irvine Welsh? Is he not important enough his entire works aren't in Portland's library collection? No, what we really need are more Philip Roth novels!

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LPL_Sarah
Oct 17, 2016

Not for the faint of heart, this sequel to Trainspotting (of which the movie adaptation is currently being filmed with all of the original actors coming back) is one of the most depraved books I have ever read. The inner workings of Irvine Welsh's brain are hilarious and horrible. Drugs, sex, violence, incomprehensible Scottish accents from the most lecherous and lurid people in existence abound... and that's just the first chapter. I loved it!

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PearlyBaker
Aug 04, 2014

Pure brilliance! When I set out a few weeks ago to read Trainspotting I did not know there was more to be revealed. I was sad when the journey was over until I discovered Skagboys (which may be my favorite) and now Porno. Like life Porno was at times boring, hilarious, terrifying but always brilliant. A few of my favorite passages:

I believe in class war. I believe in the battle of the sexes. I believe in my tribe. I believe in the intelligent clued-up section of the working classes against the brain- dead moronic masses as well as the mediocre, soulless bourgeoisie. I believe in punk rock. In Northern Soul. In acid house. In mod. In rock n roll. I also believe in pre-commercial righteous, rap and hip hop.

That's why advertising and pornography are similar; they sell the illusion of availability and the non-consequence of consumption.

He really is a form of humanity that has been rendered obsolete by the new order, but he's still a human being. Cigarettes, alcohol, heroin, cocaine, speed, poverty and media mind-fucking: capitalism's weapons of destruction are more subtle and effective than Nazism's and he's powerless against them.

I guess I have no choice now but to go on read all of Irvine Welsh's works. Who knows maybe there is even another novel with Spuds, Mark Rents, Sick Boy and Beggar Boy.

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dirtbag1
Aug 21, 2012

The further adventures of a group of lunatic Scottish bunch after reuniting post Trainspotting. People may find bits of themselves in the characters portrayed in this lengthy book. A study into the thinking of a particular socio-economic group. I found the story fairly straight forward. The author really put a great deal of work into getting the Scottish brogue and language on paper probably not an easy feat. If coarse language is not your thing best to stay away.

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bronwynp
Mar 25, 2011

Very good, very graphic

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