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Αν σου άρεσε το σχολείο, θα λατρέψεις τη δουλειά

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  2,607 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
Στην πρώτη του συλλογή διηγημάτων μετά το "The Acid House" (1994), ο Irvine Welsh ασχολείται με κάθε άλλο παρά κλασικές περιπτώσεις:
Στους "Κροταλίες", τρεις νεαροί Αμερικάνοι βρίσκονται χαμένοι στην έρημο και πέφτουν πάνω σε δύο ένοπλους Μεξικάνους.
Στα "Σκυλιά του Λίνκολν Παρκ", ένας Κορεάτης σεφ και μια κοσμική νεαρά συναντιούνται με αφορμή την εξαφάνιση ενός σκυλιού με
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Published 2010 by ΟΞΥ (first published July 5th 2007)
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Stephan van der Linde
This book contains several stories of (one of my favorite writers) Irvine Welsh. Some I really liked, some I liked less.

First story 'Rattlesnakes' is in my opinion the best by far.
It's about 2 boys and a girl who reside in a tent in a desert, when their car breaks down. One of the guys got bitten by a rattlesnake in his genitalia and an argue breaks loose, about who must suck the poison out of it........The tent attracts the attention of 2 Mexican criminals, under which one killer.. When they o
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Kylee Smith
Dec 21, 2007 Kylee Smith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't like work and didn't like school
I was quite excited about reading this book and it did get off to a pretty good start with "Rattlesnakes". The ending managed to at least trigger some sort of emotion (even if it was revulsion), but "Dogs of Lincoln Park" just left me feeling cold. Alas, my attention started dwindling half way through until i ended up just shelving it. The impression I got was that Irvine has lost his touch, and he is now just a filthy old perve with a massive boring chip on his shoulder...
Sabur76
Mar 16, 2008 Sabur76 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the second half of this book immensely.

The first half is mostly stories that encompass the extreme depravity of the human race.

The second half deals with a young man named Jason from Scotland and tells the story from different points of view.

I've come to expect some depravity from Irvine Welsh based on Trainspotting and Porno. I've also come to expect the great protagonists from him. Between Rents and Jason I've had a great time reading the books.

This is definitely a book for anyone w
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John
Dec 10, 2009 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Picked it up in an airport in New Zealand, intrigued by the blurbs on the cover (which turned out to be total lies). Poorly written, unnecessarily crude, inauthentic dialogue...it is truly sad that trees had to die for this piece of crap. Even trapped in a plane for 13 hours, I couldn't bring myself to finish it
Bree
Apr 10, 2012 Bree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's incredibly hard to rate this book. Irvine Welsh has been one of my favorite authors for over a decade, and I've never disliked anything he's had his hand in. The same goes here. Mostly it was a good collection of short stories. It could have, however, benefited from the absence of "The D.O.G.S. Of Lincoln Park". While I appreciate what he was trying to do with the story, it felt like it really came up short. It also took nearly 60 pages of "The Kingdom Of Fife" to sell me on that story.

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Brad
Mar 14, 2008 Brad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Irvine Welsh needs to stick to Scottish losers. His American voice just plain fails. The short stories had a 'poorly done Palahniuk' feel to them. The novella achieves its rather pedestrian goals in an uncompelling manner. I love Welsh, but... (Of course there's a but...) I could set his latter works in two stacks: ill advised attempts to diverge from his early works and reprocessed shadows of those same early works. These stories are simply a microcosm of his recent work, tired and old or crapp
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Mike
May 15, 2016 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a hardcore Welsh fan, it was painful to read the first story, blunt and pointless, by far the worst Welsh reading I have ever encountered.

I really liked the 3 middle stories. The self-titled did bring in the mind the legendary Bruce Robertson of Filth, whereas the other 2 present a rather Americanized version of Irvine Welsh, while keeping his storytelling sharp. All fun stuff.

The last one is the only one which occurs in Scotland -although not Edinburgh- and although it was not bad, it's not
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Jeff Suwak
Welsh has a great writing style and his personality can pull a fellow through a book and give more than a few chuckles. Overall, though, the general nihilistic purposelessness of his writing doesn't do much for me. This book was no different.
Rob
Jun 01, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Irvine Welsh has the uncanny ability to make everything seem sordid. There's always a sheen of filth covering his work, and that's true of the five stories in this collection. From the first story (where a camper has his junk bitten by a rattlesnake) to the last (featuring dogfights, decapitation, and cocaine laced with human ashes), there's just no escaping the fact that you finish all of Welsh's books feeling a little bit dirty. Not that that's a bad thing, mind. In these stories his language ...more
Geraud
Jan 06, 2011 Geraud rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the first stories are decent.... tatlesnakes is OK, Miss Arizona is a good bit, although nothing really struck me as awe inspiring.
and then comes the novella. The bits in phonetic are undecipherable for a non scott, i believe, and even a scott would really find it hard to read. really a shame. But I didn't feel like carrying on while I couldn't understand half of what I was reading even though the phonetic technique is not new to me As Iain Banks uses it as well..... with much better results, o
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Marc
Jun 23, 2015 Marc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kingdom of Fife - funny as fuck.
Nestor
Jul 19, 2015 Nestor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy buenos, la mayoría de los cuentos. Te hace reír, pensar y en ocasiones sentir compasión por sus personajes y sus historias. Este libro confirma una vez más por que Welsh es uno de mis escritores favoritos.
David
Apr 02, 2010 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the stories in this collection fairly surprising. I admire Welsh's writing, but these stories demonstrated a far greater range than the other writing of Welsh's that I've read. He handles dialect very well, as always, but it is interesting to see him write American characters so convincingly. No one could say after reading this that Welsh is limited to dialect writing. They're good stories for me because they are built around such interesting characters. In short, I was impressed.
Steven Day
I have now read most of Welsh's books, this is so far, by a distance, the worst.

The first four stories the characters, to me, felt like cardboard cut outs or stereotypes of what Welsh thinks these people should be like. Three of the Stories set in America, one in The Canaries with a Cockney lead and the final one in Cowdenbeath.

Rattlesnakes was simply bizarre and, whilst I usually enjoy a bit of his bad taste, was a step too far at times.

If You Liked School, You'll Love Work, the story which giv
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Kristina
Feb 09, 2008 Kristina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adultish
I've read the three short stories & it will most likely be awhile before I get to the novellas.

I just read Miss Arizona and DOGS yesterday and they are both amazing.

One seems creepy and disturbed, but ends up quite happy and sweet. The other seems happy and sweet (sorta) and ends up turning into some demented Twilight Zone 50's horror flick.


I'll have to wait until I can take the heavy dialect before getting to the other two. :)
misstippin
3.5 stars, truly. Welsh can write dialogue like few people I've read, you just have to get the accents running in your head. I often find myself reading him aloud so I can tune my ear to what these crazy brogues would sound like. And after I read a Welsh book- every single time- I find myself talking like one of his characters, over-the-top accent, attitude, colorful phraseology and all. Aye sor.
Nora
Nov 08, 2007 Nora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know I love Irvine, but I read at night before bed and I just couldn't deal with the last novella in this book (called "The Kingdom of Fife"). God knows I'm more cultured than the next person and don't need subtitles for those crazy UK movies, but I couldn't be bothered. Think Trainspotting accents, spelled out. I'm sure I'll go back to it, but now I ain't got the time to think while I read.
Andy
May 03, 2008 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Takes on rich girls, dog fight rednecks, the problem w/ pent up Burning Man people, boredom, frustration, and even has some happy endings and a few characters who ya wind up liking for real instead of just because they are freakin INSANE like in lots of his other books. He even tries to write Americans and women which is fun to see. I think this is one of my favorites out of this guy.
D4ngerousBeans
I didn`t care much for the short stories ( 4 of them )
but the novella about 200 pages worth I chomped through as quick as I could and loved it ,so for me its worth reading just for the novella.
Although for non scots the novella might be a somewhat tricky read,then again if you have read trainspotting then you should know what to expect.
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Kate
Yes, I'm STILL reading this. I like it. I've just got one story left in it, but I need a good sitdown for it because it's in scots dialect and I can't just jump in and out of that on a page. The rest has been good. Irvine Welsh is awesome at writing in all kinds of dialect, and he makes me laugh at Americans by getting them so spot-on.
Bret
Apr 21, 2009 Bret rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some hits, and some misses, among these five short stories/novellas. I actually liked the stories that took place in the US a lot more; the British ones were just kind of uninspired Trainspotting knock-off stuff, while the American stories combine Welsh's always sharp dialogue with some fresh themes and tight plots.
Janet
Jan 23, 2008 Janet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Most of it was good bus reading. I didn't read the last story though. It's a cop out that I have to say it was because it was not in the english language that I understand even thought it's written in english. Call me lazy, but I don't care it's January.
Fiona
Aug 13, 2012 Fiona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written short stories with real bite. Ashamed to admit I couldn't face the effort of reading the final story. The dialect was so thick that the only way I could get the sense of it was to read it aloud - not a very socially friendly way of reading!
Pinpilin
Sep 05, 2012 Pinpilin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The easiest to rate. A clear, two out of five. Two of the stories, Miss Arizona & Rattlesnake appealed to me. Deeply disliked the remaining three, in fact, I couldn`t even be bothered to finish any of them ...more
Sarah
Dec 12, 2007 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first story is the craziest - nightmarish, really. True Welsh fashion. The Lincoln Park story brings up a lot of good Chicago references. I didn't make it through the novella at the end. I'm a quitter.
Clive Walker
Funny, fantastic, inventive, macabre, entertaining, witty - I'm running out of adjectives! Oh yes, brilliant! It helps if you speak Scottish but this book is a treasure. Read it ya hoor ye!
Raluca Popescu
Oh, Mr. Welsh... I've tried to read you in the original and, I am told, delightfully creative English slang / dialect / whatsoever, but I couldn't. So I had to stick to Romanian and I'm sure a whole bunch of lovely little points were lost in translation.
But barring that, I can't say I was so charmed by your short stories. Might be my fault, mind you: maybe I now need more than sex, drugs and graphic violence to keep me interested in what you're saying. Or maybe I found it hard to relate to any c
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Jose M
Mar 24, 2015 Jose M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cuentos asombrosos pasados por el tamiz de este ácido escritor (lo de ácido se lo cuelgo como etiqueta en sus múltiples significados).
Kimmyh
Feb 19, 2012 Kimmyh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2 of the 5 stories made it worth the reading and 4 star rating: 'The DOGS of Lincoln Park' and 'Miss Arizona'.

Paulo Andrade
Jul 26, 2012 Paulo Andrade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The way the book starts is a riot of laughs. Disturbingly enough i always relate with Irvine Welsh`s characters. ...more
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Probably most famous for his gritty depiction of a gang of Scottish Heroin addicts, Trainspotting, 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 ...more
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