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The Acid House I m pretty sure the novella A Smart Cunt was in here Though I have zero recollection of it now, at the time I read that I thought it was brilliant, and because I was bored on vacation in London with nothing better to do, I wrote what I believe was the only fan letter to an author I ve ever sent, telling him this And he wrote me back In my letter, I d asked him if he actually listened to techno music, since all his characters did and it was inconceivable to me at the time I was 18 that any I m pretty sure the novella A Smart Cunt was in here Though I have zero recollection of it now, at the time I read that I thought it was brilliant, and because I was bored on vacation in London with nothing better to do, I wrote what I believe was the only fan letter to an author I ve ever sent, telling him this And he wrote me back In my letter, I d asked him if he actually listened to techno music, since all his characters did and it was inconceivable to me at the time I was 18 that anyone especially a writer who d written something I liked would do this later on in that trip I realized that nearly everyone on that side of the Atlantic listened to techno music, and that in fact they PLAYED IT on the RADIO Welsh replied, in a letter postmarked from Hawaii, that he did indeed listen to techno music He also answered whatever other stupid questions I asked him, which I don t remember now Somewhat disappointingly, his letter was not written in an incomprehensible Scottish dialect, and in fact was easy to read.Anyway, I remember really being crazy about A Smart Cunt, and the rest of this not being much to write home about, but having its moments I think it s at the beginning of the first story where the guy goes to some other country or something and another guy from that other place is flipping him shit about being an imperialist, and the guy s like, I M from SCOTLAND, we re STILL COLONIZED, leave me ALONE, jerkface For some reason, that always kind of stuck with me Description From The Inside SleeveThis Scintillating, Disturbing, And Altogether Outrageous Collection Of Stories Introduces To These Shores A Young Writer Already Being Called The Scottish Celine Of The S Guardian And A Mad Postmodern Roald Dahl Weekend Scotsman Using A Range Of Approaches From Bitter Realism To Demented Fantasy, Irvine Welsh Is Able To Evoke The Essential Humanity, Well Hidden As It Is, Of His Generally Depraved, Lazy, Manipulative, And Vicious Characters He Specializes Particularly In Cosmic Reversals God Turns A Hapless Footballer Into A Fly An Acid Head And A Newborn Infant Exchange Consciousnesses With Sardonically Unexpected Results Always Displaying A Corrosive Wit And A Telling Accuracy Of Language And Detail Irvine Welsh Is One Hilariously Dangerous Writer And He Is Bound To Create A Sensation Includes The Following StoriesThe Shooter Eurotrash Stoke Newington Blues Vat A Soft Touch The Last Resort On The Adriatic Sexual Disaster Quartet Snuff A Blockage In The System Wayne Foster Where The Debris Meets The Sea Granny S Old Junk The House Of John Deaf Across The Hall Lisa S Mum Meets The Queen Mum The Two Philosophers Disnae Matter The Granton Star Cause Snowman Building Parts For Rico The Squirrel Sport For All The Acid House A Smart Cunt A Novella I really enjoyed these stories Like a lot of Welsh s work, the language and the settings capture something really special which is why I ve decided to bump it up from 3 stars to 4 stars as 3 would be unjustifiable I felt waves of nostalgia when reading certain reference points which I ve only come to appreciate when penning this review it s got a very late 80s feel And the Scots dialect in written form is what makes it for me I could read it all day Some people may see this as a bit of a I really enjoyed these stories Like a lot of Welsh s work, the language and the settings capture something really special which is why I ve decided to bump it up from 3 stars to 4 stars as 3 would be unjustifiable I felt waves of nostalgia when reading certain reference points which I ve only come to appreciate when penning this review it s got a very late 80s feel And the Scots dialect in written form is what makes it for me I could read it all day Some people may see this as a bit of a pain because it takes some getting used to for example got is spelled goat so it can throw you a little bit But it s just like visiting Glasgow at first you can t understand a fucking word being said all around you and then you force yourself to lock horns with it And before you know it, you re fluent in GlaswegianMy only gripe here is that the territory is a bit narrow If there was just a bit of variety in perspectives, I would ve given it five stars I appreciate that Welsh is at home when writing about junkies and dropouts, but the occasional surprise would have done this collection some favours.That negative I ve pointed is not that significant It was enjoyable and I need to reread his other work and tick off those books which I m yet to wade through Let me say that Irvine Welsh is my all time favorite author Books such as Trainspotting and Ecstasy are pinnacles of modern fiction alright, not so modern any, I guess His stories are always insane, his characters flawed but wonderful, and the usage of Scottish vernacular is the coolest way books have been written since A Clockwork Orange The Acid House is a hit and miss short story collection Don t get me wrong probably half the stories are brilliant, as usual Sadly, the other half Let me say that Irvine Welsh is my all time favorite author Books such as Trainspotting and Ecstasy are pinnacles of modern fiction alright, not so modern any, I guess His stories are always insane, his characters flawed but wonderful, and the usage of Scottish vernacular is the coolest way books have been written since A Clockwork Orange The Acid House is a hit and miss short story collection Don t get me wrong probably half the stories are brilliant, as usual Sadly, the other half can be boring, pointless and at some points fucked up, even for Irvine Welsh Overall, I d say this book is definitely a must for people already hooked on Welsh s writings For others just poking around for an approachable read, or looking to get into Irvine Welsh, I wouldn t recommend this be your start Read this book, definitely, but once you re used to Irvine Welsh and know what to expect Otherwise, this may just seem to be a big flubbery mess with it s obvious brilliance scattered about, when really, it s a great, quirky collection of some very odd stories.Highlights The Granton Star Cause, The Acid House, Vat 96, The Last Resort on the Adriatic, Snuff The Acid House is a collection of short stories, with each story featuring a new set of characters and scenarios I am a fan of Irvine Welsh s works so I really enjoyed this one Welsh s characters are edgy society s dregs, hard luck losers pinned to seediness by their own low expectations The short stories are full of the characthers nihilism and self absortion, violence and twisted black humour Reading these stories will also give you a vintage, 80s feeling It kinda resembles Trainspotti The Acid House is a collection of short stories, with each story featuring a new set of characters and scenarios I am a fan of Irvine Welsh s works so I really enjoyed this one Welsh s characters are edgy society s dregs, hard luck losers pinned to seediness by their own low expectations The short stories are full of the characthers nihilism and self absortion, violence and twisted black humour Reading these stories will also give you a vintage, 80s feeling It kinda resembles Trainspotting, but a lil bit darker andcomic It also involves lots of drugs, I mean, hey it s an Irvine Welsh book Here s one passage I really enjoyed There s a story in which in only one day, Boab is kicked out of the football team, his parents house, his job and his girlfriend s life After he s arrested and beaten up, he meets God in a pub, who turns him into a bluebottle.Here goes God s line, written of course in the characteristic scottish dialectThat cunt Nietzsche wis wide ay the mark whin he said I wis deid, God tells him Ah m no deid ah jist dinnae gie a fuck A number of dank and torrid tales of wrongdoing Irvine Welsh says, if you don t get to the bottom of things, are you really alive I mean society being what it is, isn t the sensible man s response to go insane Well, I don t know, Welsh your philosophy is debatable but your prose is stunning My favorites here are a The Granton Star Cause, an evenacrid retelling of The Metamorphosis, Eurotrash, which remains to be savored like a putrid aftertaste of something that goes down delecta A number of dank and torrid tales of wrongdoing Irvine Welsh says, if you don t get to the bottom of things, are you really alive I mean society being what it is, isn t the sensible man s response to go insane Well, I don t know, Welsh your philosophy is debatable but your prose is stunning My favorites here are a The Granton Star Cause, an evenacrid retelling of The Metamorphosis, Eurotrash, which remains to be savored like a putrid aftertaste of something that goes down delectable but is poisonous at the core And a Smart something The latter one is a retelling, I think of a minor character s viewpoint from Trainspotting, but it completely stands on its own and is at base a devastating chronicle of ineptitude and depravity and loneliness that makes you feel for the character, not just go along for the dark and vicarious thrills I m hooked or maybe that is what Welsh intended As others have said on here, the stories get a little repetitive because all the characters are fairly of a kind and there is not much empathy or redemption But that s all right nothing wrong with a specific vision as long as it s this amusing and relentless This book made me laugh so much It s a bunch of short stories and there are two that really stuck out for me In one a guy drops acid and ends up switching bodies with a baby or thinking he did, I can t remember The baby with his adult brain gets off on breast feeding and watching his parents have sex The Adult with the baby brain ends up in the hospital drooling all over himself His girlfriends visits him and everyone thinks he is messed up from the acid The second story that really stuc This book made me laugh so much It s a bunch of short stories and there are two that really stuck out for me In one a guy drops acid and ends up switching bodies with a baby or thinking he did, I can t remember The baby with his adult brain gets off on breast feeding and watching his parents have sex The Adult with the baby brain ends up in the hospital drooling all over himself His girlfriends visits him and everyone thinks he is messed up from the acid The second story that really stuck out for me was about a guy who turned into a fly He had to watch all his friends and family as a fly on the wall Among other things he ended up watching his mom ram his dad up the ass with a big dildo I won t tell you how it ends.So yeah it was a funny book Probably my favorite by Irvine Welsh other than Trainspotting.This is also a movie for you lazies The guy who plays spud in Trainspotting plays the guy in this who trades bodies with the baby I was disappointed when I cracked this open to find that it was a collection of short stories I did not realise this at the time I put this on my wishlist I m not a massive fan of short stories They tend to be dull and have this unfinishedness about them I read them all anyways and while some were better than others The Granton Star Cause most of them were not that interesting Also really disliked Disnae Matter because this included one of my biggest pet hates, when people say Disneyla I was disappointed when I cracked this open to find that it was a collection of short stories I did not realise this at the time I put this on my wishlist I m not a massive fan of short stories They tend to be dull and have this unfinishedness about them I read them all anyways and while some were better than others The Granton Star Cause most of them were not that interesting Also really disliked Disnae Matter because this included one of my biggest pet hates, when people say Disneyland when they mean Disney World This winds me up massively Big Disney fan And none of that story had any ring of truth to it There is alot of Scottish dialect here which can be hard to read but is amazing to try and read out loud, in my terrible Scottish accent.which tends to drift into Scouse and Welsh But if you ve read Trainspotting you will be prepared for this I wouldn t read this again, but if you liked Trainspotting, don t mind short stories and have a fondness for the word cunt Then you might like this There s always , alwaysof this fuckin shite to get through It never ends They say it gets easier to handle the older you get I hope so I hope tae fuck. This is the fucking tops, a collection of stories delving into the depravity and disillusionment of post Thatcher Scotland The misfortunes are of a people inherently unprofitable, without place in the neo liberal hell scape they are emerging into Their past times are primarily drugs, sex and avoiding work If the Tories were to write a book describing what they thought a so called underclass would be like, it might turn out something like this, but devoid of Welsh s wit and mastery of dialec This is the fucking tops, a collection of stories delving into the depravity and disillusionment of post Thatcher Scotland The misfortunes are of a people inherently unprofitable, without place in the neo liberal hell scape they are emerging into Their past times are primarily drugs, sex and avoiding work If the Tories were to write a book describing what they thought a so called underclass would be like, it might turn out something like this, but devoid of Welsh s wit and mastery of dialect The short stories range from the realistic to the ridiculous, employing a wide, albeit largely the same, cast of downtrodden, drug addicts Madonna blethers with Kylie Minogue about shagging blokes from Leith, brains switch bodies and God exercises catharsis However, that s not to say the realistic stories don t stand side by side with them, drug addled frenziesthan compensate, on top of a scathing social commentary which leaves no shit unturned In fact, the resounding pessimism and dissatisfaction with courses through these stories has persisted until today The plight we face is the same, in a way that s a hallmark of all the great writers of Generation X, in that they accurately identified the dystopia they lived in, novelised it, sold it to Hollywood, then did fuck all else See Ellis, Palahniuk.But I don t mean to rant, it s not Welsh s fault, in fact he sums up a political thesis of sorts in the short story Smart Cunt I m thinking, what can I do, really do for the emancipation of working people in this country, shat on by the rich, tied into political inaction The answer is a resounding fuck all I think I ll stick to drugs to get me through the long, dark night of late capitalism That s then what the book is, a long stare in a mirror, then doing a line off it I rate it ten out of ten


About the Author: Irvine Welsh

Probably most famous for his gritty depiction of a gang of Scottish Heroin addicts, Trainspotting 1993 , Welsh focuses on the darker side of human nature and drug use All of his novels are set in his native Scotland and filled with anti heroes, small time crooks and hooligans Welsh manages, however to imbue these characters with a sad humanity that makes them likable despite their obvious scumbaggerry Irvine Welsh is also known for writing in his native Edinburgh Scots dialect, making his prose challenging for the average reader unfamiliar with this style.


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