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Book Title: The Butcher Boy|
The author of the book: Patrick McCabe
ISBN 13: 9780880641470
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 617 KB
Edition: Fromm Intl
Date of issue: May 1st 1993
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This is a powerful book, one that fills the reader with pity and terror.
The protagonist is Francie Brady, a sort of Irish Huckleberry Finn, with three important differences: 1) Francie still yearns to be respectable, 2) he has no wise Jim to guide him, and 3) he is despised by his town and betrayed by Joe, his own Tom Sawyer. Alas, there is no Mississippi river to escape to, and the book ends in blood and madness.
Yet--and this is one of the strange strengths of the book--it is narrated by Francie in an upbeat, almost jaunty tone that never loses its sense of humor or its humanity.
Read information about the authorPatrick McCabe came to prominence with the publication of his third adult novel, The Butcher Boy, in 1992; the book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in Britain and won the Irish Times-Aer Lingus Prize for fiction. McCabe's strength as an author lies in his ability to probe behind the veneer of respectability and conformity to reveal the brutality and the cloying and corrupting stagnation of Irish small-town life, but he is able to find compassion for the subjects of his fiction. His prose has a vitality and an anti-authoritarian bent, using everyday language to deconstruct the ideologies at work in Ireland between the early 1960s and the late 1970s. His books can be read as a plea for a pluralistic Irish culture that can encompass the past without being dominated by it.
McCabe is an Irish writer of mostly dark and violent novels of contemporary, often small-town, Ireland. His novels include The Butcher Boy (1992) and Breakfast on Pluto (1998), both shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has also written a children's book (The Adventures of Shay Mouse) and several radio plays broadcast by the RTÉ and the BBC Radio 4. The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto have both been adapted into films by Irish director Neil Jordan.
McCabe lives in Clones, Co. Monaghan with his wife and two daughters.
Pat McCabe is also credited with having invented the "Bog Gothic" genre.
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