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Assisted by her nurse, Rebecca plans her revenge on her unfaithful husband. But will Freddy Royle, hospital trustee, celebrity and necrophiliac, thwart those plans? Dave Thornton, soccer thug, has lost his heart to flawed beauty Samantha Worthington. Together they go in search of the man who marketed the drug that crippled her - in order to cripple him.

Lloyd from Leith has a transfiguring passion for the unhappily married Heather. Together they explore the true nature of house music and chemical romance. Will their ardour fizzle and die in the grim backstreets of Edinburgh, or will it ignite and blaze like a thousand suns? They're all little tales of empowerment and doubt, self love, self hate, and a lot of hard drugs.

They were amusing to read, but nothing impressive at the end of the day. Three stories - the first two of which were brilliant, the last a bit long and pointless though not without charm - which properly illustrate Welsh at his best. Witty, shocking, touching in places.. Despite never having really been part of any of the 'scenes' touched on in depth in these stories, I did however gain a lot of pleasure from remembering younger and more carefree times in my youth.

Sep 14, Tatiana rated it did not like it. Jul 17, John rated it it was amazing. God I love how this man writes.

I'm mean he's funny and he's clever but it's the romantic in him that I love. His ability to find the beauty in the warts and all. I love Irvine Welsh.

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I start every review on here of one of his books with that because I think it'll be very difficult for me to ever be too critical of his work. This is no real departure from what I've known to love but I still lapped it up.

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The first story of the three is slightly more bizarre than I've come to expect but still entertaining. The second was an ideal example of the short-story format, yet scarificed none of Welsh's 'everyday' life characterisation - it was utterly depraved, wh I love Irvine Welsh. The second was an ideal example of the short-story format, yet scarificed none of Welsh's 'everyday' life characterisation - it was utterly depraved, which is exactly what I love about his stories! The third and final story was a lot longer and probably the 'main' tale.

I felt it had plenty of scope to be a full-blown novel but it, again was excellent at what it did. The fact of the matter is that 'Ecstasy' gives off a totally different vibe to Trainspotting et. Many will fail to grasp the different and deride it as the same old filth, but immerse yourself in it and you'll find it a lot more charming and a lot less desperate to his other works.

Fans of "Drug Novels". Yet another great book on drugs. This is actually three stories in one book, each story told from several different perspectives. You meet a stream of loveable and not so loveable characters and some hardcore cockney spellings that will force you to reread a few pages.

If you're into books with that wonderful, disconnected voice of an author who has done more than his fair share of, well, Ecstasy. I found the three short stories in this collection to be completely implausible. I initially chose to read this book because I assumed it would realistically portray the underground life of club-goers and the highs and lows of ecstasy use.

Needless to say, it did not deliver on either facet.


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On a side note, I personally think that the transcribing of the Scottish dialect phonetically really deters from the stories themselves, for I found myself getting bogged down more often than not in trying I found the three short stories in this collection to be completely implausible. On a side note, I personally think that the transcribing of the Scottish dialect phonetically really deters from the stories themselves, for I found myself getting bogged down more often than not in trying to sound out the cryptic dialogue between the characters.

I would not recommend this book to anyone. Mas que bela surpresa. Sem duvida alguma que quero ler mais coisas deste escritor. Con este libro me he dado cuenta que es como si Irvine escribiera para mi. Lorraine va a Livingston: La fortuna siempre se oculta: Talidomida, amor entre fetos con malformaciones y una de las mejores venganzas que he podido leer.

Sep 08, J. Welsh excels at that kind of Clockwork-Orangian art of endearing the reader to shitty people. In these three stories--all loosely bound together only by the characters' frequent use of the titular drug--we meet an obese romance writer and her filthy husband, a soccer hooligan seduced by an armless woman to viciously murder the people who made the drug that made her born armless, and two sad-sack fucks who fall in love or do they? The blurb is misleading, somehow, Welsh excels at that kind of Clockwork-Orangian art of endearing the reader to shitty people.

The blurb is misleading, somehow, so ignore it. The stories are much more loosely packed and episodic than that would suggest, which is part of what I love about Welsh so much: It's like Beowulf on meth. I'm not even sure why I read this, I don't even like his style. I can't understand the accents. This is not the type of book I would normally read, but the bold, ballsy cover art seduced me and I was hooked. Before 'Ecstasy' I'd never read an Irvine Welsh book but had flirted with the idea for a number of years.

Considering the number of successful film adaptations his novels have spawned think Danny Boyle's 'Trainspotting' or most recently 'Filth' I didn't doubt Welsh's talent but more the confrontational nature of his graphic and typically grotesque subject matter. With this book howev This is not the type of book I would normally read, but the bold, ballsy cover art seduced me and I was hooked.

With this book however, I actually enjoyed basking in the filth with his hapless, selfish stoned protagonists, and although I never rooted for any one character, I did pity many of them, thus eliciting some sort of necessary empathy to justify reading on. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be reading - and almost enjoying - stories of illicit drugs, explicit and unsatisfactory sex, masturbation, bestiality, necrophilia, rape, disability, mutilation, thuggery and divorce.

Welsh's voice is commendably unapologetic, and once I got my head around the intensely Scottish pronunciations think J. Rowling's Hagrid dialogue on steroids I settled into the disgusting world of his characters with morbid fascination and awe. This trilogy of drug-fuelled romance is so well written. The tone is honest, bold and urgent, and like a good, hearty slap to the face, necessary. I stepped outside of my comfort zone with this novel and I'm so glad I did. Once you get over the initial shock of it all and try to shake off the guilty feeling you have while reading it like you're watching pornography or something let the eloquent and sophisticated writing style immerse you in the deliciously smutty world that is 'Ecstasy' And then have a cold shower!

I didn't read this for the cover, my fascination and simultaneous utter disgust of the x culture or even the fact that this was written by the same author as "Trainspotting".

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No, I read this because this is the book that Mikey Way was looking at and suggested they name their band after it. I doubt he read this book any more than he practiced the bass guitar before playing in a band. I love the band, not the book, but it was an interesting read nonetheless. Three typically harsh tales from Welsh. Not among his greatest works, but thoroughly recommended for fans. I wouldn't advise coming to this collection for your first experience of Welsh, though.

There are some great moments - the acid trip monologue in the final story is hilarious - but not that many. Oct 23, Neri. I didn't liked this book.

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It was boring, pretencious and all the irish dialect words made it hard to read. No particular plot was found in any of three strories and a no good character development either. Muy diferente a lo que estoy acostumbrado, pero sorprendido por la forma. Jun 21, Julia rated it really liked it. You know how you look away when watching a gruesome movie to be spared the most horrible scene? Ever done that when reading a gruesome book? This book made me look away. And then, because you can't help it, you continue reading Apr 13, Jennifer rated it liked it.

The first story is not worth your time. The second two are pretty good.