Heroin addict Mark Renton and his circle of friends are introduced: amoral con artist Simon “Sick Boy” Williamson (also an addict), simple-minded, friendly Daniel “Spud” Murphy (another addict), clean-cut athlete Tommy MacKenzie, and psychopath Francis “Franco” Begbie, who picks fights with people who get in his way. Renton decides to quit heroin and buys opium rectal suppositories from dealer Mikey Forrester to ease the transition. After his final hit (and a violent spell of diarrhea caused by cessation of heroin) he locks himself into a cheap hotel room to endure withdrawal.
I fantasize about massive pristine convenience. Brilliant gold taps, virginal-white marble, a seat carved from ebony, a cistern full of Chanel No. 5 and a flunky handing me pieces of raw silk toilet roll. But under the circumstances, I’ll settle for anywhere.