Underdogs always win

February 16, 2010 § Leave a comment

What are the three things I cannot live without? Books, movies and food – in that order. In that sense, The Commitments by Roddy Doyle is close to perfect. This is one of those few instances when the movie complements the book so well, you can hear the actors’ voices while you read. It’s a story about young musicians introducing soul to a dying industrial town in Ireland. Don’t tell anyone but one of my guilty pleasures is watching the movie, forwarding to the singing portions and then rereading the book.

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Not shite at all

February 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

I fell in love with Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting and bought the book mainly because it featured him on the cover. It was one of my best finds ever. And it’s available for sale too just as soon as I muster up enough interest to pry it out of the clutches of an ex-mistake. But back to Irvine Welsh, he’s just as difficult to read as it was trying to understand the gang’s dialogue in Trainspotting. But once you get the hang of the Scottish brogue you’re in for one helluva ride. Welsh has the ability to make even the grungiest of characters noteworthy and eventually lovable. 4 Play is a collection of Welsh’s stage adaptations for Trainspotting, Marabou Stork Nightmares and Ecstasy & Filth. Glue is similar to Trainspotting as it’s about friends growing up together in Scotland but it’s different in that we see the characters actually grow up, not just in the sense that they grow older, but also in the way their ideals change. They still speak the same language though so expect to have this on your nightstand for longer than a night or two.

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