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Morgenmad på Pluto

af Patrick McCabe

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Set in Ireland in the 1970s, Breakfast on Pluto follows the exploits of Patrick ?Pussy? Braden, an endearing but deceptively tough young man. Abandoned as a baby in his small Irish hometown and aware from a very early age that he is different, Patrick survives this harsh environment with the aid of his wit, charm and a sweet refusal to let anyone or anything change who he is. This is a surreal and magical tale, a funny, moving and poignant rites of passage novel. It is also a vivid and unsettling comment on the human price paid in the cultural and political climate of Ireland at that time. 'Wild, hilarious, merciless and fiendishly clever' Independent on Sunday 'He is the fortunate possessor of a savage and unfettered imagination; his books . . . dissect life's miseries with a gleaming comedic scalpel' The Times 'It finds humour in places that other writers are afraid to look for it' Sunday Telegraph 'This is a savagely funny and authentically tragic novel of an Ireland in unhappy transition and beneath McCabe's perfectly delivered black comedy lies an angry heart' GQ.… (mere)
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This story will unhinge you a little. Patrick Braden starts his life as a babe left on the doorsteps of a church where he is taken in by Father Bernard McIvor, who just so happens to be Patrick's real father. Not knowing what else to do with the child, the pastor takes Patrick to an abusive and alcoholic foster home. It is around this time that Patrick decides he is a transvestite and starts calling himself "Pussy". While Pussy shares his life story in lighthearted, sometimes amusing, sometimes matter of fact anecdotes, there is always a dark and violent undercurrent. That can't be helped when the protagonist's boyfriend is murdered, Pussy becomes a prostitute and gets involved in terrorism. Need I say more? ( )
  SeriousGrace | Oct 19, 2017 |
Mr. Patrick "Pussy" Braden is Patrick McCabe's fascinating misfit hero(ine) in Breakfast on Pluto, a novel that was a finalist for the Booker Prize in 1998. This former number one bestseller in Ireland is the story of a young man who makes his way to London to prostitute himself, dressed in his favorite blousy tops and tight miniskirts. This strange story is revealed as Pussy writes it all down for his psychiatrist, Dr. Terence. Pussy's seamy life of prostitution around Piccadilly Circus is obviously centered on sex, but the violence of The Troubles is very much a part of this story. Bombings and death explode into the book several times. The reader isn't always sure what is going on because of some misdirection and clever plot twists, but all is nicely folded within McCabe's fine writing. He deftly shifts time and leaves some areas of the story unclear, but, by the last page, it all works together to create a disturbing and moving book.

McCabe has written four other novels, with The Butcher Boy being the best known, most likely because of the film for which McCabe and Neil Jordon co-wrote the screenplay. That film did a great job of capturing the McCabe style. His characters are so well drawn that their images stick in your mind's eye. Now, you will find these characters disturbing, but if you've an odd sense of humor, they'll also amuse you to no end. McCabe's writing is to be watched for, so be on the lookout for a collection of stories promised for the near future.

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  jphamilton | Jul 27, 2014 |
This is a difficult book, especially if you don't know much about the IRA. Nonetheless, it is a compelling and transgressive story that never lets up. Unfortunately, the hardcover edition that I read is riddled with typos, especially near the end, which makes a difficult book border on frustrating. ( )
  malrubius | Apr 2, 2013 |
Feels very much like another take on the structure of Butcher Boy, starting out in a strongly personal languge and small town misery, then following our main character as he/she loses the grip on reality, gradually making the reader more and more unsure of what's real and what's imaginary. But the story itself feels thinner here, and I get the feeling McCabe is stretching and stretching and stretching to try and flesh it out. To me, it doesn't quite get there. It feels short and stumped, and I find the flamboyant style in which the book is written to be mostly annoying. What stays with me are a couple of scenes about the horror of terrorism in the local community, such as the story of the guy getting tortured to death for being a catholic going home from a dance. Or the numerous threatening visits in your home from masked men with voices you recognise. All in all, a bit of a disappointment. ( )
  GingerbreadMan | Oct 27, 2009 |
Breathless narration by an engaging protagonist proved to be fun reading on a sunny day. ( )
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Set in Ireland in the 1970s, Breakfast on Pluto follows the exploits of Patrick ?Pussy? Braden, an endearing but deceptively tough young man. Abandoned as a baby in his small Irish hometown and aware from a very early age that he is different, Patrick survives this harsh environment with the aid of his wit, charm and a sweet refusal to let anyone or anything change who he is. This is a surreal and magical tale, a funny, moving and poignant rites of passage novel. It is also a vivid and unsettling comment on the human price paid in the cultural and political climate of Ireland at that time. 'Wild, hilarious, merciless and fiendishly clever' Independent on Sunday 'He is the fortunate possessor of a savage and unfettered imagination; his books . . . dissect life's miseries with a gleaming comedic scalpel' The Times 'It finds humour in places that other writers are afraid to look for it' Sunday Telegraph 'This is a savagely funny and authentically tragic novel of an Ireland in unhappy transition and beneath McCabe's perfectly delivered black comedy lies an angry heart' GQ.

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