The Acid House Summary
Brianappears in A Smart Cunt
Brian is the protagonist in the collection's novella, "A Smart Cunt." Like the narrators of other stories in the book, he is quick-witted, rebellious, a heavy drinker and drug abuser, and has a strong antisocial streak that shades into criminal tendencies, yet he also is capable of remorse and even self-hatred over the bad things he does. The book's author, Irvine Welsh, does not present Brian or the narrators of other stories in a forgiving light, yet in showing that they sometimes agonize over their wrongs, he implies that they would be better people if they had not been raised in such morally impoverished surroundings. Brian and the other narrators, Jock, Euan, and Graham, appear to be alter-egos of the author, especially because they are more intelligent than the other roughnecks with whom they associate, and because most of the stories are told...
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Irvine Welsh Biographies (1)
5,286 words, approx. 18 pages
To open his book Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance (1996), Irvine Welsh used an epigraph taken from I Need More: The Stooges and Other Stories (1982), the autobiography of the so-called Godfath...
Essays & Analysis (5)
880 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review of The Acid House, Bush examines Welsh's use of dialect and jargon, finding such language rhythmic and poetic.
A shorter Welsh lexicon to begin: nowt mean “nothin...
726 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review of The Acid House, Welsh's follow-up to Trainspotting, Clee notes that the second book cannot match the intensity of the first. Still, he finds Welsh's talents fo...
493 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review of The Acid House, Whiteside praises Welsh's skill at narrative surprise, preferring the surreal short stories to the more realistic novella and comparing Welsh to Willi...
336 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Allison provides a brief, generally favorable assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of The Acid House.
This collection of short stories [The Acid House] is a brilliant im...
343 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review of The Acid House, DeRossitt compares the richness of Welsh's prose to that of James Joyce.
In the stories that make up this fine collection, The Acid House, Irvine Wels...