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Breakfast in Babylon

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  63 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Isolt is down but not out in Paris. She's a sharp-tongued Irish drifter with a fierce instinct for survival who falls into a darkly comic romance with Christopher, "the Hoodoo Man." From Paris to Amsterdam, London to New York, the two run scams, tell tales, and squat among a riotous band of vagabonds and punk junkies from around the globe. Begging is their way of life, unt ...more
Paperback, 321 pages
Published December 31st 1997 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Philip Casey
May 29, 2014 Philip Casey rated it it was amazing
Emer Martin has a razor’s edge experience of the underbellies of Europe, the Middle East, the US, and other parts of the world, which she pours into her novels. As any writer knows, even filtered experience is useless to a novelist if she can’t write, but Emer is a true writer. Open her books anywhere and her prose will make you pause. Consider this from Breakfast in Babylon, where the central character Isolt and her friends are mourning the death of their Iranian friend:

If anyone should rest i
Apr 20, 2009 Amber rated it it was ok
I have never wanted to punch a main character so badly (except maybe...begbie from trainspotting).
Mar 31, 2008 Steven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels, irish
Martin writes great detailed character descriptions and settings, really capturing the beggar lifestyle: it seemed authentic to me. The first two chapters are interesting because they use opposite methods of characterization. In the first chapter Isolt is characterized completely by showing her actions and thoughts in her current situation. No biography whatsoever. In the second chapter, Christopher's entire life, from birth, is gone through chronologically and in great detail. The scene that st ...more
Cherry Ooglepop
Apr 29, 2015 Cherry Ooglepop rated it it was amazing
love this book about a gang of misfit young people who gather in Paris and get up to no good. Would make a great film. hey why hasn't this been filmed?
Great writing and very funny parts. This book is a dark comedy. I finished it and started right back again at the beginning, it was dense and complex but worth it.
Jan 20, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it
A stomach-turning tale of young people bumming around Europe. Gripping, horrifying and funny in parts. Emer Martin can really write...
Melissa Mascara
one of my favorite books. read for the first time when i was in grad school. read it several times since and always gets better . . .
Feb 10, 2008 Ruth rated it liked it
Interesting account of one woman's journey as a squatter and vagabond.
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Emer Martin is a Dubliner who has lived in Paris, London, the Middle East, and various places in the U.S. Her first novel Breakfast in Babylon won Book of the Year 1996 in her native Ireland at the prestigious Listowel Writers’ Week. Houghton Mifflin released Breakfast in Babylon in the U.S. in 1997. More Bread Or I’ll Appear, her second novel was published internationally in 1999. Emer studied pa ...more
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