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The Acid House By Irvine Welsh The Acid House Description from the inside sleeve This scintillating disturbing and altogether outrageous collection of stories introduces to these shores a young writer already being called the Scottish Celine of

  • Title: The Acid House
  • Author: Irvine Welsh
  • ISBN: 9780393312805
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Acid House By Irvine Welsh Description from the inside sleeve This scintillating, disturbing, and altogether outrageous collection of stories introduces to these shores a young writer already being called the Scottish Celine of the 1990s 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 evDescription from the inside sleeve This scintillating, disturbing, and altogether outrageous collection of stories introduces to these shores a young writer already being called the Scottish Celine of the 1990s 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 stories The Shooter Eurotrash Stoke Newington Blues Vat 96 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
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    About "Irvine Welsh"

    1. 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.

    855 thoughts on “The Acid House”

    1. Holy shit, how could I have forgotten to add this to my list already, this collection of breakneck vileness, this wretchedness you wrench your head away from in shame that it happens to be so gripping and so funny In the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind they have invented a method for erasing specified memories from your mind I hope they invent just such a thing in real life so I can get them to erase all memory of my five star books so that I can read them all for the first time agai [...]


    2. 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 esp [...]


    3. 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 be [...]


    4. 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 [...]


    5. 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 even acrid retelling of The Metamorphosis, Eurotrash, which remains to be savored like a putrid aftertaste of something that goes down delectable but is poi [...]


    6. 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 borin [...]


    7. 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 fo [...]


    8. 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 th [...]


    9. 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 [...]


    10. In the Acid House Welsh once again exposes the vibrant, crass, depressing, and violent sex and drug filled underbelly of Scotland The majority of these stories are excellent, very few feel like filler Welsh also takes a number of risks, moving away from stories narrated by junkies and pimps and focusing on other troubled members of society an old man missing his wife, a movie fanatic loner , although the junky stories are there too, most notably the novella at the end Welsh also plays around wit [...]


    11. I m becoming and convinced that Welsh created himself out of the ashes of some weird, drug driven orgy between the guys from A Clockwork Orange and the great satirist tradition that begins somewhere in post Ice Age Europe with recent high points being Monty Python and Tobias Funke and whose end, despite the best efforts of many, is hopefully in the far flung future.All these stories collected in this collection are good, but the few that really stand out make it worth reading all of them The t [...]


    12. I had watched trainspotting as a teenager and had prematurly assumed that Irvine Welsh was a genius I picked up Acid House and was quickly discouraged His characterization was there, and better than what I witnessed in the films The characters unfortunatly stand on a blank canvas The stories were bland, shocking and disqusting, but still bland I would have given it one star except for a feeling I get, that the stories weren t written for me I feel like if I lived my life in some dusty Scottish t [...]


    13. Belting banter from the master of the smack house jive Short stories, in my shallow experience, are all inept foreplay and frustrating fizzle However, Mr Welsh are based on the heroin binary code which has a pronounced craven start, an abrupt finish and a delicious intermezzo The novella included here, A Smart Cunt , is worth the entry price alone.


    14. literary gold Every one of these short stories are a work of genius My favourite being the tale of coco brice whilst out of his tree on drugs, his mind, and the mind of a new born baby are swapped over, turning coco into a slobbering idiot, and the baby into a dirty wee man.


    15. A whole mess of fairly standard issue Irvine Welsh stories which, 3 years later, have not really stuck with me Never boring, however.


    16. La edici n y la traducci n de anagrama es p sima, tal vez en el idioma original, todos los cuentos y los di logos tendr an un mayor sentido, sin embargo, se pueden rescatar algunos.


    17. This is literally one of the worse books I have ever read It is a collection of short stories although some of the characters are the same and they all seem to be vaguely connected Every other word is a swear word and it adds nothing to the story I struggled to see how anyone could enjoy these stories I was very disappointed as although I have not read Trainspotting, I have heard very good things about it.


    18. I think this is a fantastic intro to Irvine Welsh s writing style, especially for getting used to the Scotts English dialogue It s not as overwhelming as I found Trainspotting to be, but I feel like after reading this, Trainspotting will be much enjoyable and easier to understand.I ve also been on a short story kick, and this was perfect The stories were short, brutal, and captivating.


    19. Si algo sabe hacer Irvine Welsh es producir desencajadas, intensas y fren ticas emociones, pero sin melodrama barato, sino con recursos m s finos, aunque sean m s guarros No decepcionan los relatos, unos tan breves como media p gina, otros no tanto, pero pr cticamente todos llenos de esa afectividad sin filtrar que he llegado a identificar con los escoceses de fines del XX pienso en Fish con Marillion , afectivdad que puede ser iracunda, violenta, soez, broncuda, pero tambi n dolida y llorosa, c [...]


    20. I m between three and four stars on this one I picked it up because I wanted to read from Welsh I didn t actually know anything about it, so I was surprised to find it was a collection of short stories and one novella I enjoyed that aspect we get to see Welsh explore different themes and styles Not everything is set in the reality we know.I was unsurprised to find the same vice filled characters I expect from Welsh after reading Trainspotting My opinion of the collection was tepid until I reach [...]


    21. Another wee collection of short stories I m really getting through these this year I realised two stories into this that I had already read it as a teenager, but I d forgotten almost everything that happened in the stories, so it wasn t a great loss.In true Irvine Welsh fashion, everything about this collection is vile, dark, disturbing and vomit inducing It really is spit your dinner out material, but it grips you unbelievably hard.Welsh explores a lot of different themes and styles here, it s [...]


    22. The Acid House was published less than a year after Welsh s dynamic debut Trainspotting, and it possesses the same energy and freshness These tales are equally hilarious and disturbing, and a few of them including the title story, where God turns the protagonist into a housefly are prime examples of transgressive fiction at its most bizarre and most creative My favourite stories in this collection are Eurotrash , The Last Resort on the Adriatic Surprisingly moving, demonstrating the sheer class [...]


    23. Die totale Abkehr von Liebe und Menschlichkeit, dies zeichnet viele Texte von Irvine Welsh aus Der Autor versteht es wie kein anderer, die Abgr nde und dunklen Stellen der Gesellschaft auf den Menschen zu bertragen und ohne grosse bertreibung darzustellen In Acid House treibt er dies auf die Spitze, in dem er seine Figuren auf wenigen Seiten in Kurzgeschichten stolpern, fallen und verenden l sst Drogen, Sex, Dreck und Gewalt Bekannte Zutaten vermengen sich auch hier zu faszinierenden Texten voll [...]


    24. Welsh s short stories in this collection were, as in most collections, hit or miss I really enjoyed Snuff, The Acid House, and Eurotrash I was also really impressed with the tone and dialect Welsh crafts in the collection s longest piece, a novella of 112 pages revolving around the stumblings of Brian, a wallowing, substance abusing, well meaning twenty something The phonetic Scots in most of the stories was often exhausting though and, as was the case with Marabou Stork Nightmares, the sheer na [...]


    25. A bit uneven at times, as any collection will be One of the stories contained one of the most vile tableaus I ve ever read and now it is burned into my memory I really enjoyed the novella at the end Just a few weeks in the life of a smackhead, the goings on and hangers on All in all a pretty interesting portrait of a point in time of Scotland s fringey youngsters.


    26. wow another blast from the past The 90 s and another I ve forgotten to include on my read list A collection of short, not entirely sweet stories by Irvine Welsh Most memorable is the story about the lad who turns into fly


    27. Just like every collection of short stories, this is hit or miss It s definitely Irvine Welsh though So expect darkly hilarious stories with heartbreaking endings, as well as his phonetic spellings of dialogue in a thick Scottish accent.


    28. The stories are written in a crazy ass dialect, a little hard at first, but by the end you kinda feel like you ve learned a new language Irvine Welsh can write some pretty good short stories.


    29. Some of the stories are good some are ok The last novella was the best of the bunch, but nothing was really overwhelming.


    30. I think this is better than Trainspotting Like a bunch of mad stories you d overhear down the pub told by drunksd funny, very funny.


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