The Holy City: A Novel

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Jul 1, 2009 - Fiction - 224 pages
6 Reviews
In this strange, hypnotic novel, Chris McCool, the dandyish, debonair playboy of a small and insulated community called The Happy Club, reflects his two lives: the one he lives, and the darker one he's tried hard to forget. The illegitimate son of a rich Protestant landowner's wife and a poor Catholic farmer, Chris wanted to be a sixties swinger--driving a Ford Cortina, owning a pair of purple velvet flares--but, despite his good intentions, could not overcome the mysteries and regrets of his own upbringing.
With a series of Freudian flourishes, McCabe gives us a narrator whose own insecurities, and most importantly his obsession with a young Catholic Nigerian boy named Marcus Otoyo, prevent him from seeing the truth of what he is capable of. Are Chris' inner struggles with his parentage and religion merely personal quests--or do they mask an angrier, more dangerous person beneath?
Tense, artful, and eerily compelling, The Holy City is a novel of faith, anxiety, and dark secrets, with a stunning and brilliant conclusion.
  

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User Review  - Colm Mac Gearailt - Goodreads

Good book. First person narrative, with unreliable narrator. Told within two time periods, contemporary times and 1960s. About the effects of abandonment and lack of a secure identity on the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mstaunton Staunton - Goodreads

I just cant get enough of Patrick McCabe and his twisted, crazy stories. This one is not hus greatest but yet i didnt put it down. One of my favorite authors. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
4
Section 3
19
Section 4
25
Section 5
28
Section 6
41
Section 7
48
Section 8
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
137
Section 19
155
Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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About the author (2009)

Patrick McCabe was born in Clones, Co Monaghan, Ireland in 1955. His novels include Carn, The Dead School and The Butcher Boy, winner of the Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literature Prize, which was shortlisted for the 1992 Booker Prize and made into a highly acclaimed film directed by Neil Jordan. Breakfast On Pluto, published in 1998, was also on the Booker Prize shortlist. He lives in Sligo with his wife and two daughters.

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