Search Results: "Patrick McCabe"


BOOK REVIEW

MONDO DESPERADO by Patrick McCabe
Released: March 1, 2000

"A disappointment: McCabe's voice is a treasure, but it cannot turn water into beer."
A collection of vaguely linked stories, set in the fictional Irish town of Barntrosna and putatively authored by one Phildy Hackball - who is, in fact, none other than Irish novelist McCabe (Breakfast on Pluto, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DEAD SCHOOL by Patrick McCabe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 1995

"McCabe is the man."
McCabe, as skilled and significant a novelist as Ireland has produced in decades, follows up 1993's acclaimed The Butcher Boy- -his third novel and American debut—with yet another savagely acerbic riff on the decay of modern life and the modern Irish. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOLY CITY by Patrick McCabe
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"The author's weakest work to date, a waste of his considerable talent."
Disappointing ninth novel from McCabe (Winterwood, 2007, etc.), the self-portrait of an Irishman undone by childhood trauma. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BREAKFAST ON PLUTO by Patrick McCabe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"A good yarn, but nowhere near The Butcher Boy (1993): McCabe's terrorist demimonde is at once too bizarre to be moving and too familiar to be fresh."
An account of modern Ireland and her Troubles from the perspective of a small-town transvestite, by one of this year's Booker Prize—finalists (Carn, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EMERALD GERMS OF IRELAND by Patrick McCabe
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2001

"One wonders, though, why McCabe seems compelled to keep retelling the same essential story, with minimal (albeit artful and ghoulishly amusing) variations. One gets the point, appreciates the skill with which it's made, and wishes this impressively gifted author would move on."
The violent history that continues to plague the Irish writer's fragmented homeland, dramatized in such critically praised fiction as The Butcher Boy (1993) and Breakfast on Pluto (1998), once again suffuses his blackly comic—and frustratingly arch—latest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CALL ME THE BREEZE by Patrick McCabe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"By turns fascinating, repulsive, heartbreaking, and unreadable: probably the greatest mess McCabe has published to date."
McCabe (Emerald Germs of Ireland, 2001, etc.) slips a bit deeper into the Slough of Despond with his latest account of madness, squalor, violence, perversity, and hope in the north of Ireland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BUTCHER BOY by Patrick McCabe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 1993

"His novel is a tour de force."
The Irish McCabe's third novel—and American debut—is a journey into the heart of darkness: the mind of a desperately troubled kid one step away from madness and murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CARN by Patrick McCabe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Marvelously rendered and deeply felt: a story about the inescapable impact of Irish history on Irish life that's told with an immense, quiet power."
The first US publication of an early novel by McCabe (the acclaimed Butcher Boy, 1993, and The Dead School, 1995) once again demonstrates his unsparing, precise view of the mingled anger, sorrow, and boredom at the heart of modern Irish life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STRAY SOD COUNTRY by Patrick McCabe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Hopefully the change of venue will liberate this talented author."
The Irish McCabe uses elements familiar from his previous work for his latest novel, a ghoulish small-town burlesque. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINTERWOOD by Patrick McCabe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Unremittingly bleak—provokes a reaction but ultimately feels hollow."
McCabe, never afraid to explore the grimmest parts of small-town Ireland, tugs the reader into an especially troubling portion of it in this novel about violation and madness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STICKLEBACK by John McCabe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2003

"Shallow titillation. What might have been an exposé of the 1990s is instead a forgettable indulgence in them."
An unambitious meander through the life of an entirely drab British office worker, in fourth-novelist McCabe's US debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIS OTHER LIFE by Melanie McCabe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A compelling personal and literary detective story."
A writer and English and creative writing teacher plumbs her father's past for the story of his first wife and discovers the tragic muse for one of America's greatest playwrights. Read full book review >