Tubridy," Pat responded. I thought I might drop into Sullivan's for one.
Tubridy's voice as she spoke. It was -- surprisingly, Pat reflected -- curved rather than pointed. He was also surprised to find that there was a catch in his own voice as he spoke. I might just drop in and have one and then go off about my business. Tubridy -- as he felt her gloved hand touch the sleeve of his coat. Pat, what would take you in there? Tubridy: "Do you hear me, Mrs. Tubridy -- Sullivan's! Sure I'm not going there at all! Tubridy nodded as if she had known this all along. Wouldn't she, Pat?
Sure they don't get on at all! Tubridy pulled at one of the fingers of her glove.
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How is she, anyway, Pat? I don't remark her at the bingo this past couple of months. There was a sheep eating a leaf not far from the five-barred gate which was directly behind Mrs.
Tubridy frowned for a second. Then she looked at Pat and said, "What? And her after scooping all before her only last Christmas? Do you hear me! She'll be there next week. It's that bloody phlebitis. It's started to play up again. Sure I have the liniment in my handbag! I'll go up this very second and give her a rub down! God love the poor craythur and her up there all on her own! I had it myself, you know! Do you see these veins? Swollen up the size of that, Pat!
Tubridy balled her fist, then continued, "Only for Dr.
Horan's liniment, I was finished! Wait till you see! You won't know your mother tomorrow when you see her!
Good luck now, Pat -- I'm away off to administer my own private medicine to her! Tubridy's arm. McCabe's jokey verbosity and energetic narrative voice are on full display in this messy but manically vibrant novel. Pat McNab's social position in the dully parochial Irish village of Gullytown ranks above village idiot but below town drunk.
Few of his fellow citizens would suspect the wild tales he tells are true, much less entertain the idea that he could be a serial killer. Norman Bates, however, has nothing on the middle-aged, reclusive Pat, who enjoys a beyond-Oedipal relationship with his mother she recurrently appears long after he has dispatched her with a frying pan and tallies up a final body count estimated "around the fifty, fifty-five mark.
The teetotaling, intrusive Mrs. Tubridy is downed with alcohol to the tune of "Whiskey on a Sunday," and a land-swindling neighbor is burned in Pat's barn with "Old Flames" for background music. At other times, Pat's hallucinatory fantasies transform his mundane life into a spaghetti western, sci-fi epic or gangster movie. While Pat bears more than a casual resemblance to Francie Brady, the sympathetic, psychotic hero of The Butcher Boy, this novel's heavy irony, mock verbosity and genre-juggling are more reminiscent of McCabe's recent "serial novel," Mondo Desperado.
Although the Grand Guignol humor wears thin after the first several deaths, McCabe gives occasional revealing glimpses into Pat's damaged psyche and the stifling mindset of village life. The mixed results are a thoroughly Irish stew of pathos and bathos, deep melancholy and wild humor, cutting observation and pure blarney.
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