If You Liked School, You'll Love Work

If You Liked School, You'll Love Work

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Irvine Welsh's first short-story collection since his debut work The Acid House presents five extraordinary stories, which remind us that he is a master of the short form, a brilliant storyteller, and--unarguably--one of today's funniest and most subversive writers. In "Rattlesnakes" three young Americans, lost in the desert, are accosted by two armed Mexicans. A Korean chef and a Chicago socialite find themselves connected through the disappearance of a pooch named Toto in "The D.O.G.S. of Lincoln Park." And in the title story, Mickey Baker--an ex-pat English bar owner living on the Costa Brava--tries to keep all of his balls in the air: maintaining his barmaid's weight at the sexual maximum, attending to the youthful Persephone, and dodging his ex-wife and Spanish gangsters.In typically Welshian fashion, the characters and settings are anything but typical. These stories will make you laugh and gasp.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [2007]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780393330779
039333077X
Branch Call Number: Welsh, I
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 21 cm

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john_doh17
Apr 21, 2015

My first Irvine Welsh book. He has some gems as well as some clunkers it seems to me. I didn't like the Rattlesnake story (that was just too gory). And the last one written in brough was damn near indecipherable (I gave up trying). The other stories were top notch though. I really liked how he would lead you down one path and then totally surprise you by switching directions.

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PearlyBaker
Aug 31, 2014

These short stories work their way through the conscious deep into the sub conscious like a surreal Dali. Welsh is once again grotesque, hilarious and sensual all in the same page. I'm sad that there's nothing new from my favorite author until January next.

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