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The Butcher Boy - Patrick McCabe
The Butcher Boy
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"When I was a young lad twenty or thirty or forty years ago I lived in a small town where they were all after me on account of what I done on Mrs. Nugent."Thus begins Patrick McCabe's shattering novel The Butcher Boy, a powerful and unrelenting journey into the heart of darkness. The bleak, eerie... show more
"When I was a young lad twenty or thirty or forty years ago I lived in a small town where they were all after me on account of what I done on Mrs. Nugent."Thus begins Patrick McCabe's shattering novel The Butcher Boy, a powerful and unrelenting journey into the heart of darkness. The bleak, eerie voice belongs to Francie Brady, the "pig boy," the only child of and alcoholic father and a mother driven mad by despair. Growing up in a soul-stifling Irish town, Francie is bright, love-starved, and unhinged, his speech filled with street talk, his heart filled with pain...his actions perfectly monstrous.Held up for scorn by Mrs. Nugent, a paragon of middle-class values, and dropped by his best friend, Joe, in favor of her mamby-pamby son, Francie finally has a target for his rage--and a focus for his twisted, horrific plan.Dark, haunting, often screamingly funny, The Butcher Boy chronicles the pig boy's ominous loss of innocence and chilling descent into madness. No writer since James Joyce has had such marvelous control of rhythm and language... and no novel since The Silence Of The Lambs has stunned us with such a macabre, dangerous mind.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385312370 (0385312377)
ASIN: 385312377
Publisher: Delta
Pages no: 231
Edition language: English
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travelin
travelin rated it
0.0 The Butcher Boy
Dwells on corporeal suffering to the point of unbelievability and/or tedium. Not that I don't believe poor Irish boys did what their priests demanded for cigarettes, but dwelling on the bare details began to seem pointless. Possibly revelatory for Irish or other readers who didn't know any better. D...
Calyre
Calyre rated it
5.0 The Butcher Boy
Tout allait bien jusqu'au jour où la télé a fait pfit !Puis il s'est arrêté un peu pour dire Euh ! Euh ! quelques instants en hochant la tête comme ces poupées de chiffon qu'on voit à l'arrière des voitures.On y a collé le nez mais y avait pas un oeil en bille de loto en vue. Désolé : je suis absent...
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