Each character narrates differently, in a fashion comparable to stream-of-consciousness or representative of psychological realism.
For example, "The First Shag in Ages" covers Spud and Renton's outing to a nightclub where they meet Dianne and her pal, followed by Renton's return to Dianne's and the awkward breakfast that ensues, all the while revealing what each character thinks of the other.
Unlike the film it inspired, the novel's plot follows a nonlinear narrative.
Characters are often introduced without backstory and without any initially obvious connection either to the core group of characters or to the junkie and lazy lifestyle.
The Skag Boys, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Mother Superior – Narrated by Renton.
Trainspotting is the first novel by Scottish writer Irvine Welsh, first published in 1993.
It takes the form of a collection of short stories, written in either Scots, Scottish English or British English, revolving around various residents of Leith, Edinburgh who either use heroin, are friends of the core group of heroin users, or engage in destructive activities that are implicitly portrayed as addictions that serve the same function as heroin addiction. The novel is split up into seven sections: the first six contain multiple chapters of varying length and differing focus.The novel's origins in short fiction are still visible though no segment or chapter is wholly independent of the others.The majority of the stories are narrated by the novel's central protagonist, Mark Renton.Mark and Simon (also known as Sick Boy) are watching a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie when they decide to go buy heroin from Johnny Swan (aka Mother Superior) since they are both feeling symptoms of withdrawal.They cook up with Raymie (who kisses Sick Boy on the mouth) and Alison (who states about heroin "That beats any meat injection..beats any fuckin' cock in the world..."). A short (less than a page) piece comparing his high to an internal sea, while noting: "more short-term sea, more long-term poison".After being informed that he should go see Kelly, who has just had an abortion, Renton instead eagerly returns home to watch the rest of his movie. The First Day of the Edinburgh Festival – Narrated by Renton.