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Knick Knack Paddy Whack Paperback – 2000


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company; 1st Printing edition (2000)
  • ASIN: B002CO9QT8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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I met Plunkett McKenna on Parnell Square when I was waiting for the bus home to Castlecock. Read the first page
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By Brenda on July 10 2000
Format: Hardcover
Mr. O'Hanlon's debut novel will certainly be a memorable one for me. I was intrigued with his interpretation of small town life in Ireland. Although the author gives us a young woman's view through Francesca's Diary, the narrator, Patrick Scully, leaves the strongest impression. The author's characters are well developed and strong. The only thing I worried about in this debut was the extent of the language and some scenes.
Patrick Scully is a security guard in Dublin. He doesn't like Dublin because they are rude and not at all like the friendly folks in his hometown of Castlecock. When he comes home for a visit, he has a memorable experience that will affect his life and relationship with his on again-off again girlfriend Francesca. The reader is drawn through Scully, Francesca, and Xavier's lives, emotions, decisions, and outcomes.
Mr. O'Hanlon's story captures the struggling emotions youth experience when changing from teen to young adult. He captures their lack of faith in life, and lets the reader hear it through their brash, colorful words. It was an interesting read.
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By Harriet Klausner on Jan. 29 2000
Format: Hardcover
In 1983 Dublin, nineteen-year old Patrick Scully works as a security guard in a jewelry store. Through his roommate, college student Xavier "Balls" O'Reilly, Patrick meets another student Francesca Kelly. While Patrick thinks Francesca is his girlfriend, her diary entries suggest otherwise sating she loves Balls.
Francesca returns to her hometown to visit her mother. Balls and Patrick also go home to their village. Though he believes overall that he is an honorable and faithful person, Patrick picks up a girl at the local pub and shares sex. He desperately tries to bury his guilty feelings involving what he has done to Francesca. All Patrick wanted was his relationship with to continue, while the growing more independent woman wanted to end it.
KNICK KNACK PADDY WHACK is an interesting characters-driven look at a young adult trying to grasp onto anything that will stop him from drowning in society's hypocrisy. The plot is clearly Patrick's tale even though the absence of Francesca adds to the excitement. Patrick uses humor to defuse his growing dark feelings and to survive in a world that he loathes. Ardal O'Hanlon scores with his debut novel that focuses on the dichotomy of feelings and disenchantment that late teens feel as they step into the realm of adulthood.
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This book is a very true portrayal of small-town life in Ireland; to me the plot wasn't such a big deal, I was engrossed by the character depictions, it felt like the ending was put in almost as an afterthought. This is simply great "observational" literature. I think that some of the low ratings for this book reflect a cultural mis-understanding/wedge between the Irish and Americans. Being an Irishman living in America, I can understand that the Irish sense of humor can seem shocking to folks here; I thought this book was hilarious, and it goes to show that humor is subjective. Paddy's verbal lashing out at everyone and everything around him is his way of dealing with the world. You can extend that to a lot of Irish people. Remember that Ireland has been a disenfranchised, colonised, oppressed, invaded state and that reflects on the people. Maybe when America has lost its empire, this kind of thing will go down much better!
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This book is a very true portrayal of small-town life in Ireland; to me the plot wasn't such a big deal, I was engrossed by the character depictions, it felt like the ending was put in almost as an afterthought. This is simply great "observational" literature. I think that some of the low ratings for this book reflect a cultural mis-understanding/wedge between the Irish and Americans. Being an Irishman living in America, I can understand that the Irish sense of humor can seem shocking to folks here; I thought this book was hilarious, and it goes to show that humor is subjective. Paddy's verbal lashing out at everyone and everything around him is his way of dealing with the world. You can extend that to a lot of Irish people. Remember that Ireland has been a disenfranchised, colonised, oppressed, invaded state and that reflects on the people. Maybe when America has lost its empire, this kind of thing will go down much better!
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By A. Ross on May 12 2000
Format: Hardcover
Irish comic O'Hanlon has written a largely unmemorable coming of age novel starring the entirely unsympathetic and creepy 18-year-old Patrick. He works as a security guard in Dublin and periodically takes the bus to his home hamlet on weekends, allowing the reader a glimpse into both city and small town life in early 80s Ireland. While certain set pieces and milieus are descriptively evoked, the overall story of the ethically confused boy and his relationship with college student Francesca doesn't really hold together. The novel is more effective when it breaks off into excerpts from Franceca's diary, detailing her side of their relationship. However, this too, is problematic, as you know that eventually Patrick will be reading it, and only bad things can result. All in all, it lacks the humor I had expected, and is very bleak. Elements of it are highly reminiscent of The Butcher Boy.
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