Book Reviews of The Butcher Boy

The Butcher Boy
The Butcher Boy
Author: Patrick McCabe
ISBN-13: 9780880641470
ISBN-10: 0880641479
Publication Date: 5/1993
Pages: 215
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Fromm Intl
Book Type: Hardcover
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This haunting novel is about a little boy growing up in 1960's Ireland in a completely dysfunctional household with a suicidal mother and alcoholic father. Francie Brady is a survivor, he makes it through several incarcerations and is sustained by his love for his best friend Joe, despite the growing distance between them on all levels. Written in kind of a psychotic stream of consciousness, Francie's wreckless descent into madness would be unbearable to witness were it not for the hilarity that Patrick McCabe maintains throughout.

I'm curious to know what The Butcher Boy by Colin MacCabe is. Patrick McCabe's version won the 1992 Irish Time Aer Lingus Prize, and was made in to a depressing movie with Steven Rea in 1997.
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Great book. Disturbing.
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Very haunting novel...a good quick read!
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eh... i have to admit i was not able to finish this book. i made it about 50 pages. i just do not like his style. i also struggled to read his book carn...
it might well be an excellent story. i just can not find the interest to read a jumble of run-on sentences. i understand what he is doing with this style of writing. i could just care less as i find it so off putting...