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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". So speaks Francie Brady, the narrator and anti-hero of THE BUTCHER BOY . When the story begins Francie is a bit of a scamp, full of... 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". So speaks Francie Brady, the narrator and anti-hero of THE BUTCHER BOY . When the story begins Francie is a bit of a scamp, full of curiosity and mischief. Then an unpleasant encounter with Mrs Nugent on the subject of her son's missing comic books propels Francie to the brink of madness, and beyond. McCabe's depiction of small-town Irish life and of one boy's deterioration into madness and despair is, surprisingly, one of the most raucous, earthy and horrifically hilarious stories of all time. Dark and gothic, funny and tragic, starring a child who retains the pathos of a grubby urchin even as he evolves into a monster, THE BUTCHER BOY is an absolute treasure.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780330328746 (0330328743)
Publisher: Picador
Pages no: 215
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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