The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe

The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabePublished in 1992 this novel has become something of a classic and deservedly so. Rolling out the distinctively-voiced-seriously-flawed-first-person-narrator can make the most enthusiastic reader a bit jaded, but McCabe pulls this novel off with skill, so that we are given a not too sentimental tale of this horribly abused mentally deranged young man. What could have descended into gratuitous misery-lit instead rises above the raft of books written about a miserable Irish childhood. It’s very funny in places, nothing is played for pity, and the narrative voice of young Francie Brady is utterly plausible and often compelling.

Mr A


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