The Butcher Boy

The Butcher Boy

Book - 1993
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Telling the strange and sometimes hilarious tale of a deeply disturbed boy, a portrait of a dangerous mind profiles Francie, known in his repressive Irish town as the "Pig Boy," as his bright and love-starved psyche descends into madness

Blackwell North Amer
Francie Brady, the "pig boy," is growing up in a poor small Irish town in the early sixties, fueled on an adolescent's comic books, Flash Bars, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. He is determined to win the Francie Brady Not A Bad Bastard Anymore Diploma. But how do you do that when your mother is sent to the madhouse, your father is an alcoholic, and everyone turns their back on you?
Not only was The Butcher Boy nominated for, and the winner of, major literary prizes, but McCabe's theatrical adaptation of the novel, Frank Pig Says Hello, was staged in Dublin with tremendous success, and a production is now planned for London's Royal Court theater.

Publisher: New York Fromm International Publishing 1993
ISBN: 9780880641470
0880641479
Characteristics: 214p

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

Patrick McCabe, like Roddy Doyle, is a school teacher, a Dubliner, and one of the new breed of Irish writers. The central character in this powerful, bizarre, disturbing first novel will not easily be forgotten.

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