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Jude in Ireland: 1 [Kindle Edition]

Julian Gough
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Book Description

"If I had urinated immediately after breakfast, the Mob would never have burnt down the Orphanage." So begins the acclaimed, prize-winning tale of Jude, a Tipperary-reared orphan who on his 18th birthday sets off to discover the wide world and his true parentage. His picaresque adventures take him first to the "Sodom of the West" - Galway - where he falls in love, encounters temptations galore and, disguised as Stephen Hawking, unwittingly blows up the HQ of a Multi-National Corporation - and himself.Jude hotfoots it to Dublin, in pursuit of Angela, ex-Galway chip-shop employee and his True Love. A spectacular, riotous chase through the city of Ulysses ensues, transformed by Gough's talent into a dazzling metaphor of 21st century violence, alienation and progress.

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'Sheer comic brilliance'
The Times

'Julian Gough is a wonderful writer'
Sebastian Barry

'Julian Gough gives a new shine to an antique mode, the Quixotic picaresque, as he relates the antic adventures of a Tipperary orphan. It's clever, it's nuts, and there are moments of comic greatness'
Kevin Barry, Irish Times, Books of the Year, 2007

'Clever and laugh-out-loud hilarious'
Mail on Sunday

'This is funny. It is also, possibly, quite serious. Certainly, it endears'
Irish Times

'Gough's novel is like the picaresque bastard love-child of Flann O Brien and Matt Groening, and yet is all Julian Gough. Possibly the finest comic novel to come out of Ireland since At Swim Two Birds, it recounts the story of Jude, an orphan, as he wanders through Ireland in a quest to find his true love and uncover the secret behind his parentage . . . Gough makes it look easy, with an instinctive sense of timing, and a razor sharp and subversive intellect'
Sunday Tribune, Books of the Year, 2007

'Twenty-first century Irish satire has well and truly arrived thanks to Toasted Heretic frontman, Julian Gough'
Metro, Fiction of the Week

'Jude makes most other contemporary Irish novels look like a pile of puke'
Olaf Tyaransen, Evening Herald

'Like Flann O'Brien before him, Gough has written a highly effective satire of contemporary Ireland by combining an eye for bizarre detail with a relentlessly anarchic prose style and structure . . . Jude in Ireland is an extremely original and surprising book which goes some way to making up for the dearth of literary responses to the changes brought by the Celtic Tiger. Jude in Ireland succeeds where few have tried in making us laugh at the grotesqueness of 21st-century Ireland.'
Sunday Independent

'Outrageously comic and satirical . . . a madcap romp which mercilessly sends up some of the sacred cows of modern Ireland, and even uses child abuse in an orphanage as a source of fun. It s a brilliant story (a sort of Celtic Tiger Myles na gCopaleen) guaranteed to put the painful into laughter.'
Irish Independent

'Gough's preoccupation with the Greeks at the time of Aristophanes comes across in his writing, echoing the belief that comedy is superior to tragedy, being the Gods' view. That is not to say that Jude is not a serious novel; it is deeply humorous, but Gough is deadly serious in his writing . . . With his inventive approach to publishing and disregard for literary conventions, Gough has written an epic novel for the 21st century, which, truly, no one else could have written.'
Aesthetica Magazine

'Julian Gough's Jude in Ireland manages an opening line that is bound to become a part of literary history . . . I defy any Indian reader to read the account of a Fianna Fáil political rally at the beginning of the book and not find it both familiar and hilarious . . . A ridiculous, brilliant piece of writing.'
Sunday Guardian, India

'A tour de farce, a comic chronicle of the history of the Irish psyche which takes the reader from the middle of the 20th century to the post-Celtic Tiger ennui of today, at breakneck speed.'
Galway Advertiser

From the Publisher

April 2007: The prologue to "Jude" - "The Orphan and the Mob"
has been awarded the 2007 National Short Story Prize by a jury that
included novelists A.S. Byatt and Monica Ali, and Radio 4's Front Row
presenter Mark Lawson. An extract (c. 4000 words) was read on Radio 4 by
Beckettian actor Conor Lovett.

Jude is, in the author's words, "An attempt to write the most serious comic
novel of the young millennium"; it is certainly one of the funniest. Levels
II and III will be published online in instalments, beginning in July 2007,
with a hardback of the whole to follow in 2008.

"Julian Gough is so good a writer, he should probably dispense with plot.
What he has is an outstanding talent for comic scenes and for an evocation
of balmy good nature." The Observer

"Intelligent and deliciously dry, Gough's sparkling words can't fail to
make you sit up, listen and laugh." Glamour

"Like Roddy Doyle in an extremely good mood" Washington Post

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 407 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Old Street Publishing (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GKPQ58
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #614,551 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Julian was born in London, raised in Tipperary, and educated in Galway. In answer to your most frequently asked question: Gough rhymes with cough. He lives in Berlin, drinks coffee, writes books, steals pigs, and sleeps late. Lately he likes to poke at new artforms, but we'll stick to the books here. His most charming novel is Juno & Juliet. His funniest, and oddest (and most prize-winning) novel is Jude: Level 1. It concerns a young Irish orphan with two penises, and his search for true love.

The radio play "The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble", broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009, introduced a couple of million new and slightly bemused listeners to the world of Jude. It is taken from the second volume of Jude's adventures - Jude in London - which will be published in September 2010.

Jude: Level 1 was shortlisted for the 2008 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, alongside excellent books by Alan Bennett, Will Self, John Walsh, Garrison Keillor and Joe Dunthorne. (Julian highly recommends Alan Bennett's superb The Uncommon Reader.) Will Self won the prestigious prize. However, certain scandalous events subsequently forced Julian to steal Will Self's pig. Let us draw a veil over the entire unsavory incident. (If you really must know more, you wretch, Google any combination of the words "Julian Gough", "Will Self", and "pig".)

In April 2007, Julian won the biggest prize in the world for a single short story, the BBC National Short Story Award, for "The Orphan and the Mob". (Opening line: "If I had urinated immediately after breakfast, the mob would never have burnt down the orphanage.") The story is also the prologue to the genre-mangling Jude: Level 1...

He also, in his youth, wrote the words (and sang) on four albums by the cult Galway group, Toasted Heretic, and had a top-ten hit in Ireland with "Galway and Los Angeles", a song about not kissing Sinead O'Connor.

Customer Reviews

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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If you're one of those people who skip to the end of reviews for a sound bite I'll be kind and start with one: Jude: Level 1 is that rare thing, a novel that's funny and beautifully written.

For those who like a bit more meat in a review I'd say this is funny, stimulating, vividly exciting, and brilliantly written without a single boring cliche in sight. It's got a bit of Douglas Adams in it, and a smattering of Flann O'Brien. A small portion of it got minced up with Beckett, enough to get you imagining some great Irish heavy drinker like Jack McGowran. His fruity voice would be exactly right for this story of serial demolitions. McGowran would probably embroider the whole mad story into the creamy top of his Guinness. How often do you come across a writer who can make humour deep? Joyce of course, Beckett certainly, but it's pretty thin after that. Nutbeam's party in Annie Proulx's fab `The Shipping News' gets close to the same feeling, so if you enjoyed that one you'll go for this one.

Okay, who the hell am I to say this? I'm just a painter scratching a living who happens to be a fan of reading. I'm also keen on exploding buildings, and this novel manages to destroy lots of them. It also runs circles around those everyday Oirish accounts of hard times, famines and gangsters. Despite having several orphans in it the story doesn't for one moment get syrupy, and every time an orphan gets killed you'll laugh.

I shall be rooting for the next bits of this story on the net. I'll be ordering the hardback as soon as I can. It's a cheerful book with a skewed logic of its own, and I hope it becomes a major prizewinner. I want to see it issued as a film; as a range of kitchen utensils; and most of all in a signed limited edition, bound in the skin of the Salmon of Knowledge. You'll just have to read it to find out what the hell I'm talking about.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, brilliant and cruel 20 July 2007
Jude (Level 1) is very, very, very funny. At least in the beginning. Then it starts to get a bit grim and Swiftian and cruel, before culminating in the most extraordinary redemption scene in literary history (at least the history of all the books I've read). The book is beautifully written, so well written that one reads it in no time at all, which is actually rather sad as it's so enjoyable you'd rather keep reading it for ages. It fast paced and will keep you glued to it.

It's not for the squeamish. Bad things happen, ugly things happen, rude things happen. Quite a lot of rather fantastical things happen.

I really don't believe in writing reviews of things that reveal the story as it's always a disappointment to then read the book afterwards and find out that you know everything already. So I'll limit details of the plot to the following ...

It's set in Ireland, first in the Middle, then in the West, then along a railway line between the West, the Middle and The East, then finally in Dublin.

OK, that's it. Go and buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely fun 19 July 2013
Julian Gough is a fantastically funny writer and this book is full of successful comic set-pieces. One particular reveal involving Stephen Hawking especially stands out.
A downside is that the story and characters rather lose out as a result of these outlandish ideas. But this is only part one of a series and I hope Gough improves as a storyteller. I still very much want to read Jude in London.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative and in a great tradition 31 July 2007
Difficult for a book to cover both of the bases in the review title but this manages it.

I am a little relieved that I didn't buy this on Amazon even though I paid £7.99 and not £3.99. It's worth £7.99 - no, it's worth more than that - especially with Levels 2 and 3 starting to appear on the Internet.

It's an Irish novel in the tradition of Swift, Flann O'Brien, Joyce, Beckett. And it's also very up to date with some heavy satire which keeps on the right side of still being funny.

I can't get anywhere close to the quality of Frank Kettle's review - so I will simply endorse it - the book is all he says and more.


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