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Knick Knack Paddy Whack
Knick Knack Paddy Whack
Author: Ardal O'Hanlon
ISBN-13: 9780805063301
ISBN-10: 0805063307
Publication Date: 2/9/2000
Pages: 244
Rating:
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Publisher: Henry Holt Company
Book Type: Hardcover
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Not since Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye has literature seen a young man with as much contempt for hypocrisy and phoniness as Patrick Scully, the narrator of this brilliantly observed tale of a nineteen-year-old's frustrations and dreams. Stuck in a dead-end job in Dublin, while his friends pursue useless degrees at the university, Patrick escapes for a weekend to his hometown of Killeeny, a few hours' bus ride from Dublin. There he hooks up with his childhood chum, Balls O'Reilly, and his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Francesca, who, as we learn in chapters from her diary, is more interested in Balls than she'd want anyone, especially Patrick, to know. What follows is a rollicking weekend of carousing, drinking, and depravity, all seen through Patrick's searing and unforgiving eyes. Laced with hilarious small-town insight, this gripping first novel builds to a shocking climax as Patrick's insight into the duplicity of his so-called friends becomes more than he can bear.