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Nominated for a BAFTA award. From the author of Trainspotting, an adaptation of another of his best-selling works - a collection of short stories - The Acid House Trilogy

The Acid House Trilogy is made up of three of Welsh's most powerful stories; The Granton Star Cause (starring Stephen McCole and Maurice Roeves), The Acid House (starring Ewen Bremner, Martin Clunes and Jemma Redgrave) and A Soft Touch (starring Kevin McKidd and Michelle Gomez). All three stories come from the ...

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Overview

Nominated for a BAFTA award. From the author of Trainspotting, an adaptation of another of his best-selling works - a collection of short stories - The Acid House Trilogy

The Acid House Trilogy is made up of three of Welsh's most powerful stories; The Granton Star Cause (starring Stephen McCole and Maurice Roeves), The Acid House (starring Ewen Bremner, Martin Clunes and Jemma Redgrave) and A Soft Touch (starring Kevin McKidd and Michelle Gomez). All three stories come from the rough, tough badlands of the schemes of North Edinburgh and take us into a dark but hilarious world of drugs, deviant sex and football hooliganism fired by Welsh's passion and fierce steaming rock and roll.

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 especially in cosmic reversals--God turns a hapless footballer into a fly--always displaying a corrosive wit.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Welsh's (Trainspotting) gritty proletarian universe, everyone from God to Madonna (the Material Girl, not the Virgin) speaks tough, working-class Scottish dialect: ``That cunt Nietzsche wis wide ay the maark whin he sais ah wis deid,'' confides a prickly, pint-hefting Almighty in a Glasgow pub. ``Ah'm no deid, ah jist dinnae gie a fuck.'' Nihilism and self-absorption characterize the nearly indistiguishable junkies, football hooligans and petty thieves who narrate these edgy, preponderantly first-person stories and one novella. 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. The plots address this unrelenting grimness with shocking violence or twisted comedy. With the former, Welsh lacks Kelman's chilling incisiveness and tense dramatic control; he's somewhat more successful at broad satire and manic, high-concept humor. When it works, it's hilarious: ``Where the Debris Meets the Sea'' features inventive turnabout, as fanzines and tabloid TV programs about Scottish lorrie drivers feed the sexual fantasies of Madonna and friends. More often, though, the satire lacks teeth, descending instead to weak sarcasm. The title story's inspired premise (an acid tripping malcontent and a yuppie couple's newborn swap souls) fizzles out in conventional, trite pokes at political correctness, men's groups and upward mobility. Author tour. (Apr.)
Times Literary Supplement
“[O]ne of the most significant writers in Britain. He writes with style, imagination, wit, and force, and in a voice which those alienated by much current fiction clearly want to hear.”
Kathryn Harrison
“Wakey Wakey! says Fiona when she flips on the light in Keith's tank. Keith has no body, but his brain is alive. and what about you, dear reader? Heads up, because here is Irvine Welsh and The Acid House, a collection of brilliant energy. These stories both challenge and illuminate the darkest of human experience, leavening horror with humor and a sudden, sly compassion.”
David Foster Wallace
“I like The Acid House immensely. Irvine Welsh is the real thing - a marvelous admixture of nihilism and heartbreak, pinpoint realism (especially in dialect and tone) and almost archetypal universality.”
Jim Carroll
“Like a master pocket billiards player, Irvine Welsh, with smooth, gliding strokes and a shard-like humor, sinks a rack of short stories one by one, with chaotic caroms, double banks, and, most of all, extraordinary uses of tricky English.”
Terry Southern
“Superb. Amis and Donleavy have at last found a rightful heir.”
From the Publisher
“Mind-bendingly good.”
GQ magazine

“The collection as a whole is sick, horrific, occasionally moving and very funny.”
New Statesman

“Another season in Hell with Irvine Welsh, and God, it’s invigorating.”
New Statesman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780413724205
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/7/1999
  • Series: Screen and Cinema Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh is the author of seven works of fiction. Film rights for Porno have been sold to the company that made Trainspotting. He lives in San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

The Shooter 1
Eurotrash 10
Stoke Newington Blues 32
Vat '96 42
A Soft Touch 46
The Last Resort on the Adriatic 54
Sexual Disaster Quartet 61
Snuff 65
A Blockage in the System 77
Wayne Foster 82
Where the Debris Meets the Sea 87
Granny's Old Junk 93
The House of John Deaf 99
Across the Hall 103
Lisa's Mum Meets the Queen Mum 106
The Two Philosophers 108
Disnae Matter 118
The Granton Star Cause 120
Snowman Building Parts for Rico the Squirrel 137
Sport for All 145
The Acid House 153
A Smart Cunt: a novella 177
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2005

    Incredible

    This man is so brilliant he will blow you away. These stories are so funny and so repulsive at the same time that you can't help but enjoy yourself. I would like to read one fresh Irvine Welsh novel a month and I would be the happiest reader alive. It's too bad that more people will never read him or 'get' him because he is the most phenomenal writer out there. And you don't have to be a young, hip, Euro druggie to appreciate him. I am a 43 year old Texas woman who knows that stumbling on to Irvine Welsh is the best thing that will happen to a reader who craves something extraordinary.

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