I can't relate to the other commenters here and maybe it's because I lived in Cork for awhile and get the undercurrent of post Celtic-Tiger cynicism. I loved "Glorious Heresies" both as a portrait of modern (i.e. not quaint) Ireland and as a great twist on the prototypical gangster novel. It may not be deep but it's very entertaining.
Take a Martin Amis book such as London Fields, turn it into a comedy , with superficial characters, and viola , this. Amazing what passes for lit these days. The dumbing down of the today's readers.
So sorry I chose this book to read. My time is precious. I feel like the hype on this book was completely unwarranted. If this was all I knew of Ireland I would avoid the country and all it's people. Depressing...vulgar.. hopelessness abounds. Awful. Can you rate a book 0 stars for "avoid at all cost"?
Disappointing. There were better books on the Bailey's short list. This novel, set in Cork, tells of the city's underclass and underworld. The characters' traits were not consistent with their actions and overall, the story seemed superficial. It took too long to tell its story and got lost halfway through.
Roberta's Pick. New to my Book Group - that is correct, we don't just read "ladies literature"! Sex, Drugs, Murder, Bad Language and the underbelly of life in Cork, written in a style that careens around and is very funny indeed. Winner 2016: The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Staff Pickles
Winner 2016: The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for fiction written by a woman.
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