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Ripley Bogle [Paperback]

Robert McLiam Wilson
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16 Jun 1997

'I'm Ripley Bogle. I'm the prince of the pavements, I'm the Parkbench King and the cold winds of the outside permanently fleck my flesh. To come with me, you must brave the air and the wide, bare boredom. The vast outdoors is my house and hall. It's with purpose, fear and gratitude that I stalk the streets of the city.'

As the scene shifts from the streets of London, to Oxford and Belfast, the tramp, Ripley Bogle, narrates his gripping and alarming story in which it becomes increasingly difficult to tell what is true and what is fiction.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (16 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074939465X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749394653
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An astonishing performance, fluent, profound, angry. It made me laugh; it made me think; it made me envious" (Irish Times)

"Probably one of the best Irish novels to have appared in the last decade. It goes straight for the jugular" (The Times)

"The eponymous antihero of this splendid anti-coming-of-age novel is a classic Irish rogue: handsome, charming, astute, articulate, arrogant, irresponsible, passionate - above all, a chap who can make you laugh three times per page... Underneath all the wordplay, [Wilson] reveals with true eloquence the horrors of growing up during the Troubles" (Publishers Weekly)

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'A star is born. His name is Robert McLiam Wilson, author of Ripley Bogle. A work of consummate skill... I urge you to to read it' Sunday Telegraph

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seamless bass bottles 30 Oct 2003
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Begins with wonderful account of childhood coping with the trauma of being half Welsh and half Irish (I'm the other way round if you see what I mean). Graphic black humour of the Irish Troubles delivered in seamless and sometimes beautiful prose. Has the flavour of fear and the excited dreams of youth - as Mr Bogle sets off to conquer the world and ends up with the down and outs, while never quite escaping the streets of Belfast. Read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another book I wish I'd written 6 Jun 2011
I read and loved Eureka Street (in which Ripley Bogle also appears, albeit briefly)so much that I was wary of this book - surely nothing could beat the last. Happily I was wrong, I adored this book. The prose is sublimely poetic though the subject matter is hard and, at times, harrowing. For all his shortcomings, Ripley Bogle comes across as a very likeable character and my sympathy was certainly with him: though a lot of what he has done isn't admirable, it is understandable and therein the humanity lies. To be honest he reminded me so much of a friend of mine that if that friend hadn't been so young when the book came out I would have suspected him of having written it. There are not too many fictional characters I can say that about.

The drunk / ghost scene is hugely evocative of the scene in "Ulysses" where Stephen Dedalus appears on trial and is confront with the "ghoul eaten" corpse of his mother and this is where you start to really see the emotional vulnerability of this character. Not sure I'd call him misanthropic as one reviewer has - I would say rather that he is endlessly facinated by a society that he feels excluded from - hence the bitterness. I'm part Irish but mostly English and I had to smile at his comments about the English - rarely flattering but often true.

Basically, this is one of the most absorbing books you'll ever read. Go to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 5 July 2008
Highly imaginative and evocative, this is the story of a misanthropic tramp who roams the streets of London and tells us, while painting a picture of the city, how he came to be there having come from Ireland. Not just a great piece of writing on London but one that has a really fascinating, often repulsive but still strangely endearing, character at its heart. I thought its was incredibly well written and would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly entertaining. 14 Dec 1999
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This book is extremely well writen. Very well structured, funny, sad and a twist in the tail. I whole heartedly recommend it, definately the authors best. Do not be put off by the poor TV adaptation of Eureka Street.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dis is a way cool book 20 Sep 1999
Nobody madder or more kingston twelve tuffy has ever appeared on televison. Wot!! Didn't know that the peace (It is actually pronounced 'Piss' as in 'The people of Ireland have tasted piss' Anyway I am so glad they have all taken up baseball, And thank you for sharing that with me. Well Allah preserve me it is I suppose 'A piss process'
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