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The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe
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Aug 09, 2011

really liked it
Read in August, 2011

I've never read anything so simultaneously awful and sad and disgusting while still being riotously funny. This was fantastic, the voice is spot-on realistic and twisted, yet logical in its way, boyish and naive but unintentionally observant at the same time. Just a perfect balance. I never felt like the author was poking himself into the story or showing himself, the writing stays in character throughout. This put me into another world. Throughout the story, reality intertwines with episodes that are only in the mind of Francie Brady. His narrative is at times poetic and at other times brutal and rude -- brilliant and gross at the same time. I could see all of this taking place; this was thoroughly imagined, drawn with just enough detail. A NYT reviewer said "horrific and hilarious", and he or she was right. This is both. I could not put it down, read it all in one sitting.

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