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From a farmer's romance to his skin condition to one man's culinary relationship with Bruce Lee, it all happens in Barntrosna. This is a collection of humourous stories from Patrick McCabe as macarbe as ever.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 10th 2000 by Picador USA (first published December 1st 1999)
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Writing as Phildy Hackball, McCabe presents to us, the readers, the stories of over a dozen residents of the small Irish town of Barntrosna. These vignettes vary from the only mildly odd to the extremely eccentric and feature many interesting characters, to put it mildly. Take into account Declan Coyningham who aspires to be a priest from a very young age which only alienates him from his fellow classmates and makes him a target for severe abuse and one particularly nasty prank gone very awry. O ...more
Liz D
I went to hear McCabe read soon after this book was released, and it was a delightful experience: specifically, I remember him being very funny. He read an excerpt from The Butcher Boy, if I recall correctly, as well as bits from this book. So I bought this book.

It's been a good 10 years now, so I don't entirely remember the experience, but I definitely remember not particularly enjoying Mondo Desperado. I set it down, and never picked it up again. Maybe I'll try again someday, or maybe I'll jus
It's rare I don't finish books, but I disliked every one of the stories I read, did not see the point in finishing the stories, so I returned it to the library. I've read The Butcher Boy and Winterwood by McCabe and enjoyed both of them very much and was surprised I disliked this so much.
i have to admit that as a collection of weird characters. i kinda felt like it was trying too hard. like it just decorated itself in too much and never found it's footing in substance.

i really wanted to like it.
maybe i'll reread it.
probably not.
Lisa Arreola
Patrick Mccabe has a truly unique perspective. I enjoyed this book & loved Breakfast on Pluto, the movie with the fantastic Cillian Murphy.
the first story is the only one really worth reading.
Sep 06, 2007 Heather marked it as to-read
kev got it for me and i haven't gotten to it yet
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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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