The Acid House by Irvine Welsh

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Irvine Welsh's scintillating, disturbing, and altogether outrageous collection of stories—the basis for the 1998 cult movie directed by Paul McGuigan.

He is 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 turn 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 who always creates a sensation.

About Irvine Welsh

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Irvine Welsh is the author of Trainspotting, Ecstacy, Filth (soon to be a major motion picture), Glue, Porno, and Crime, among other works. Welsh is also producing movies and writing screenplays. A native of Edinburgh, he lives in Chicago and Miami.
Published April 17, 1995 by W. W. Norton & Company. 304 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Welsh's best stories, including the novella, ``A Smart Cunt,'' are mostly days-in-the-lives of aimless, drug-addled fellows who live for sex, football, and violence (often in combination).

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Publishers Weekly

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Like fellow Scot James Kelman (whose salty vernacular Welsh's dialogue echoes), Welsh's predatory characters are society's dregs, hard-luck losers pinned to seediness by the empire's decline and by their own low expectations.

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Initially, the film version of The Acid House was meant to consist of three separate tales, each adapted by a different director, from Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh's anthology of the same name.

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The Independent

But The Acid House, short stories and a novella, demonstrates that there is much more to Irvine Welsh than the semi-autobiographical voice of an ethnographer.

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The Independent

Not only does he render speech rhythms accurately and sensually but he is sensitive to nuances of class and character among all his variegated characters, rendering the minute distinctions of vocabulary and emphasis in different kinds of profane speech to which most of us would probably be tone-d...

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Deseret News

It wouldn't be completely fair to say that "The Acid House" is a "Trainspotting" wannabe — after all, "Acid House" screenwriter Irvine Welsh also wrote the books on which both films are based.

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Time Out New York

In the third tale, a rogue tab of acid sees Coco (Bremner) miraculously swap personalities with the baby just born to yuppie scum Rory and Jenny (Clunes and Redgrave), transforming the infant into a rampaging Hibs fan and Coco into even more of a dimwit than he was already.

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