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Mondo Desperado

3.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  170 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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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Jun 18, 2008 Kevin rated it it was ok
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
Dec 12, 2015 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: vipers-2015, fiction
The best story here is "I Ordained the Devil" about a priest who feels guilty for allowing Satan to rise in the church. The curate seems to be a fresh caring young man until ordained but turns out to be the Horned One, hedonistic and corrupting. Could be a metaphor for charming men who turn into bad husbands after marriage. Couldn't help comparing with the grumpy or aspergers character type who is as good as gold underneath. Doc Martin springs to mind as well as Saga in The Bridge. Patchy set of ...more
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Jun 01, 2012 Liz D rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-finished
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
Mar 31, 2016 Rob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.
Nov 07, 2010 Ruthenator rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2009
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.
Jun 21, 2007 Kylos rated it it was ok
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
Mar 08, 2008 Lisa Arreola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patrick Mccabe has a truly unique perspective. I enjoyed this book & loved Breakfast on Pluto, the movie with the fantastic Cillian Murphy.
Matthew Walker
Sep 13, 2015 Matthew Walker rated it liked it
Group of stories set in the fictional village of Barnstrona by 'Phildy Hackball'. some good black comic moments.
Jun 24, 2008 chris rated it it was ok
the first story is the only one really worth reading.
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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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