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By Patrick McCabe

"When i used to be a tender lad twenty or thirty or 40 years in the past I lived in a small city the place they have been all after me because of what I performed on Mrs. Nugent."

Thus starts off Patrick McCabe's shattering novel The Butcher Boy, a robust and unrelenting trip into the guts of darkness. the awful, eerie voice belongs to Francie Brady, the "pig boy," the one baby of and alcoholic father and a mom pushed mad through melancholy. turning out to be up in a soul-stifling Irish city, Francie is vibrant, love-starved, and unhinged, his speech full of highway speak, his center jam-packed with pain...his activities completely monstrous.

Held up for scorn via Mrs. Nugent, a paragon of middle-class values, and dropped by means of his ally, Joe, in desire of her mamby-pamby son, Francie ultimately has a goal for his rage--and a spotlight for his twisted, bad plan.

Dark, haunting, frequently screamingly humorous, The Butcher Boy chronicles the pig boy's ominous lack of innocence and chilling descent into insanity. No author given that James Joyce has had such tremendous regulate of rhythm and language... and no novel on account that The Silence Of The Lambs has shocked us with this type of macabre, risky brain.

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