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Call Me the Breeze

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In a small town in Northern Ireland, in the troubling psychedelic-gone-wrong atmosphere of the late seventies, Joey Tallon embarks on a journey of selfhood, of redemption, and of rebirth. A man deranged by desire, and longing for belonging, with the words of T. S. Eliot as his guide -- "We shall not cease from exploration / And the end of all our exploring / Will be to arr

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Feb 05, 2008 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just weird, but what do you expect form the guy that brought you "The Butcher Boy"
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Jan 27, 2011 Donald Armfield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bono, Charles Manson, T.S. Elliot are his idols... Who is Joey Tallon... GREAT READ
Feb 29, 2016 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like McCabe, but this book seriously tried my patience. It's the first person story of Joe Tallon, famous Irish writer, living in a small border town during the Troubles. As you read, though, you realize that Joe is a fairly disturbed, and highly unreliable, narrator. Unfortunately, once you realize that, the book doesn't have much more to offer. There's no way of knowing how much of what Joe tells you is the truth or not, which becomes frustrating and finally, flat-out boring.
May 22, 2008 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first encountered Patrick McCabe through "The Butcher Boy" I was completely blown away. It is such a powerful novel and McCabe's ability to adopt the voice of someone who is mentally disturbed and render them in such authentic, sympathetic terms impressed me to no end. Unfortunately, having now read "Breakfast on Pluto," "Emerald Germs of Ireland," and now "Call Me the Breeze" it has become increasingly apparent that variations on the mentally disturbed narrator are pretty much all he can ...more
Jan 04, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read another of this author's books, The Butcher Boy, and loved it. It was bizarre and a little difficult to follow, but so creative and twisted.
This book, however, seems like it's the bad parts of The Butcher Boy. The main character, Joe, is just as "innocent" and messed up as the main character of The Butcher Boy, but Joe is also less likeable, which was a big part of Butcher Boy's charm. And the plot is even more difficult to follow.
I'm only giving it three stars because I like the author
Nov 27, 2010 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
surprising in every way, a collection of diary and journal entries and reminisces that adds up to a narrative of an astonishing life. I really did love it.
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Noone can write about small town Ireland snd turn it into a crazy ride like McCabe. Loved this twisted journey!
Jun 23, 2010 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reinvention is the mother of necessity.
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Patrick 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 Ir ...more
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