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Hmm. I don't know about this one. It was alright, I guess. Not spectacular or violent as I mistakenly gleaned from the title.
The cycle of violence is the bike Miller uses to get around Belfast after he loses his license. After he gets drunk and mouths off at the newspaper office where he works, he gets sent to a village called Crossmaheart, where the best assassin in Ulster is a hairdresser, nobody talks to the police, and his predecessor at the paper disappeared into thin air, as many people did during this time of Troubles.
An Ulsterian Romeo and Juliet of the eighties. At times ribald, gentle, horrid, stark, violent, empathetic, gritty and yet there is a strain of comedy running through. It is the ability to find the twisted humor in the far from funny life and times of the Troubles that sets apart and elevates the Irish.
Fuck. I'm a Bateman fan, but honestly, this might be his best book I've read so far. It is amazingly easy to read, the pages turn themselves, that's no surprise. He's always been able to do that. But it's the gut punch, the emotional impact it has that I really did not see coming.
I really enjoy Colin Bateman books and this one is equally as good as past books I have read, He has a wicked sense of humour and also a very dark side and with his knowledge and experience of the troubles in Ireland this makes for a very good read .
It's a real pity that it was not read by an Irish narrator.
Dark and disturbing with a vein of comedy running right through it. Has one the best unhappy endings of any book I've ever read.
Dark and delicious humour - not for the faint hearted. One of his best.
Witty, thrilling, but very dark.
Great book. Again, funny as can be and beautifully twisted.
Gripping and hilarious for the first two-thirds. Dragged its feet a bit in the third act.
I saw the film Divorcing Jack (based on a Bateman novel of the same name) many years ago, enjoyed it, then saw this in the store and bought it, and now, some 15 years or so later, I've finally got around to reading it. The good news is that my initial instinct was right -- I love comic fiction, and if it's dark comedy, so much the better. This book fits the bill nicely, with line after line of comic wordplay and nasty humor. Miller is a loose cannon of an investigative journalist who is banished...
This was recommended by a work colleague, and it didn't disappointed. The protagonist is a stereotypical journalist - drunk, outspoken and angry. The 'cycle of violence' is a reference to the bicycle he rides to the violent scenes of the Troubles. He's reassigned to what would have been called 'bandit country', where the Loyalists and Republicans are facing off in a small community. Black humour - lovely.
Cycle of Violence by Colin Bateman is a good quick read set in 1990s Northern Ireland. It's mordantly funny, but I don't think it's as hilarious as the the dust jacket told me. Manic depression & the lifelong effects of sexual abuse are handled very maturely with most of the punchlines being about terrorism & manslaughter. The Femme Fatale trope is subverted. It's kind of like Martin McDonagh work. Most importantly, the scene on this cover does happen in the book.
A very entertaiing read. The novel combines suspense and murder with romance and comedy. The local colour makes it a great summer read. Miller is a reporter banished by his editor for a drinking indescretion to the small Northern Irish town of Crossmaheart. There he encounters a disappearance and murder as well as a woman with a very troubled past. Like all Bateman's novels, this is worth reading.
Set mainly in the small town of Crossmaheart in Northern Ireland, this was rather a bit too dark and depressing for me and while there was some dark humor it was not nearly as funny as I remember his first book Divorcing Jack being. I listened to the audio version and unfortunately the narration by Andrew Jackson was rather pedestrian.
Blimey this was black, even for Bateman. First published before the Good Friday Agreement, it provides a bleak picture of Northern Irish town life along with the usual self-deprecating male mayhem. It's also a very sweet sad love story and a series of heartbreaking puns. Plus a curious dollop of Barbara Pym-esque boarding house life.
Depressing as hell, but very clever and entertaining. The story was brilliantly crafted and brilliantly told. Even the title was perfect because it worked on several levels. It wasn't just another depressing book - it was a heartbreaking, unforgettable tragedy. The story and characters are etched in my memory years later.
This is the second of his books I've read (the first being Mystery Man) and although I enjoyed the sense of humour and dark quality to the book I would have liked a less depressing ending - perhaps that's me being an old romantic at heart but I do like some smidgen of happiness in my endings.
Hilarant !! Mon petit coeur s'est serré tout de même à la fin de l'histoire... Poor, poor Miller ! A very good moment of reading !
Read 'Divorcing Jack' first.
I really enjoyed this book & I sometimes give it as a gift. Very funny!
Could be use as a screen play for a Guy Ritchie movie. For those who don't understand the reference: this is a highly entertaining book
Good book, even though it made me want to commit suicide.
Bateman books are my treats between main courses. Sweet, quickly consumed and full of desirefor the next one. But I'll resist the temptation and get stuck into a few proper meals!
Have read most of his books and can't remember all exactly - just that I have never been let down and have enjoyed Mr Bateman's writing immensely
I'll give it this: It ends well.