If You Liked School, You'll Love Work
Irvine Welsh, the author of Trainspotting, is up to his old tricks with his new work of transgressive short fiction.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.
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If you liked school, you'll love workUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Several of the five stories in this collection from Welsh (Trainspotting ) deal with one of society's ugliest realities, bigotry. Characters from disparate parts of society are thrown together in ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MikeFarquhar - LibraryThing
Irvine Welsh's novel from last summer was fairly disappointing, so I approached his new volume of short stories, If You Liked School, You'll Love Work, with an air of cautious trepidation. Sadly the ... Read full review