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One of Colin Bateman's best read! In a nutshell, a notorious Arab terrorist conceives a child with a notorious IRA terrorist -Mohammed Maguire! This is the story of how he ends up on a window ledge, at Christmas contemplating suicide with a man in a Santa Clause outfit, a store owner and a policeman! Actually very funny, and as ever a breath of fresh air with Bateman's daring(?) Troubles centred black humour. 8 out of 12.
I’m surprised there hasn’t been more reviews and ratings for this wonderful book! I was totally taken aback by the emotion and dark humour throughout this and allowed for a quick read. The journey Mohammad takes within the story is touching and really allows the reader to look at language how statements can be misconstrued by bias. This is definitely going to be a recommended read to book friends!
Classic Bateman at the blacker end of his black spectrum, this is a cracking read. The savagery and misery depicted (especially in the opening chapters) may be too much for some, especially in a book meant for entertainment. But it is no piece of gratuitous macho-fluff: the craziness that follows Mo's objection to being issued with a prison uniform far too big for him manages to be sickly hilarious and sobering all at the same time. Some of the interest arises from being old or informed enough t...
Colin Bateman at his best, a harrowing but hilarious tale of an "innocent(?)" young boy whose character and nature is forged in the Libyan Desert and the Falls Road at the height of the Troubles ! It's been a while since I read Divorcing Jack and Cycle of Violence which are also full of this dark and wickedly funny humour . Must read some more of Bateman .
This is a relatively short story from Colin Bateman that tells a tale of a young boy who is the son of some infamous Irish terrorists. I enjoyed it, largely because I like Bateman's writing style and dark humour. However, it wasn't as good as his other, lengthier works; a bit disjointed in places, and lacking in some deeper substance than usual.
I think I love Colin Bateman, and not just because we share the same first name. This is the fourth Bateman book I've had the pleasure to read so far (that's a little deja vu, since I wrote a similar sentence in a different review I recently wrote...). Mohammed Maguire is one of the authours earlier books and it is just as solid, and perhaps more fanciful, than some of the later books of his that I have read.Mohammed Maguire follows the life of a young, disturbed boy as he fumbles from one situa...
This is not my normal type of book and my knowledge of the Irish Troubles is not great (see review by Amy). So my enjoyment of Mohammed Maguire was always going to be limited.The book is described as a fable. It moves quickly and covers a huge range of emotional ground and a wide range of issues simply by touching on them, without exploring them in any detail. Some parts were laugh out loud funny, while others were disturbing. I found the lack of character depth frustrating, but I suspect that t...
This was a real surprise and very enjoyable. I've not read anything by Colin Bateman before and didn't know what to expect. He clearly knows how to write a very clever story around the politics of Northern Ireland in a very amusing way. I laughed out loud a lot and was repulsed several times, but all in all thoroughly enjoyed the references to Maggie Thatcher, Gerry Adams and Bobby Sands. Oh and he takes a good dig at the press and Hollywood. Very clever stuff!
Mixed read really. But boy, what an ending!I like Colin Bateman's writing style. I love his Mystery Man series. I have to say, I didn't entirely enjoy this book as much as any others of his that I've read, but have to respect Bateman's prowess and, most of all, his way of weaving humour into any situation. As for the ending (no spoilers here) I wasn't expecting that, right at the end...!
blackly comic history of Northern Ireland in the 70s and 80s through the eyes of a boy born to an IRA mother and libyan terrorist father who is portrayed as the catalyst for, among other things, the hunger strikes and dirty protests in the Maze, and Quentin Tarantino's films. very quick and easy read but still with plenty of punch. recommended.
Ahh, poor Mo!
Entertaining, both story and writing, and a good amount of jokes. The Ireland that was in this book, the Northern one, seems quite a different place from the one I lived in (Cork).
Really enjoyed this book. Dark comedy with a suicidal Santa. Well written with fabulous characters. Definitely worth a read.
Nooooo! Only Colin Bateman can write about a suicidal Santa, terrorist training camps in Libya, death by fish fingers and foreskins!. Another 5 star book. Brilliant, funny and wonderful.