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 about 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.
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More than 1 year ago
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.