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The Acid House by Irvine Welsh
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Oct 07, 2010

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Read in September, 2009 — I own a copy

21 short stories and one novella. Welsh explores the world of Edinburgh junkies, drunks and low-lifes.

Violent, nasty, clever and occasionally very funny. Welsh mixes up his hyper-realistic uber-grit with occasional weird turns into fantasy - such as the boy who turns into a fly, and the acid-head who gets reborn as a baby but who still remembers his previous life. Good stuff.

The 122 page novella - "A Smart Cunt", descends to new levels of grimness and griminess without any redeeming clever narrative tricks.

According to the back cover the Scotsman on Sunday says "Welsh strafes the airwaves with a cacophonous range of voices". I can just imagine one of Welsh's characters responding: "Strafes the fuckin airwaves? D'ye ken what this fuckin radge's orn about?"

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