Title: The Acid House
Author: Irvine Welsh
Page Count/Review Word Count: 290
The Acid House is a little different when compared to some of Welsh’s other work, in that it’s a collection of short stories – he’s done short stories before, but his short stories are usually still pretty long. Some of them are more like novellas, but here there are plenty of them – over twenty, if my count is correct.
That’s a good thing, because Welsh is great at executing ideas, and each short story is like a catalyst for him to get an idea or a meme across. Because of that, you get more food for thought from this than you do from some of his other books, although it does also make it more of a ‘jumpy’ read – usually, we get to see a lot more of Welsh’s characters, which is part of what he’s known for, which is what makes this book more interesting.
Overall, I wouldn’t say that this is the best introduction to Welsh’s work, because some of his other books are even stronger – that said, it’s still a lot of fun to read, and I’d definitely recommend it if you’ve read and enjoyed an Irvine Welsh book before. If not then proceed, but proceed with caution – Irvine Welsh has a unique style that isn’t for everyone, but it’s worth sticking with.
Plus, this book comes recommended from my friend Amanda, who says it drew parallels with her own life. I can see why – you can’t accuse Irvine Welsh of being afraid to confront real life problems, and you can’t accuse him of not being realistic in his representation of them, either. One for your collection.