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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (1 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844880842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844880843
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan 2006
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The genetic engineers have finally found a purpose in life. By mixing the DNA of Bertie Wooster, Harry Flashman and Adrian Mole and sending him to a Dublin school for the overprivileged, they have come up with Ross O'Carroll Kelly.
Written like the great novels of Dickens, in weekly instalments published in the Sunday Tribune, the stories really come together when published in book form. The Curious Incident is the fifth of the series, each one of which is as compelling as the last. As soon as you put it down, you want to get rid of the book - in case having it around makes some of its magic poison (also known as Eau d'Affluence) rub off on you.
One does sense that Mr Howard occasionally sickens of his creation and would like to get rid of him by throwing him off a waterfall in Switzerland. But he's a pro. Instead of doing him in, he takes wilder leaps of imagination and has now created the monster that is Ronan. Utterly unbelievable, yet now central to the stories, this eight-year-old crime boss has entered the world of RO'CK and it is hard to imagine life without him. What next? Will it transpire that Fionnuala grew up on a halting site?
Ross may appear too localised to export, although I have seen him on the shelves in Waterstones in London. But it's only a matter of time before somebody published a glossary for the Brits and the Ozzies, so that they can love him as much as we do at home. It's a fair bet that he will never be understood in the US.
One thing is for sure. In a generation's time, the PhDs in "Anglo Irish literature", as it appears to be known, will not be written about the turgid writings of Banville or Toibin. Ross will still hold sway in the colleges, but not propping up the bar talking about what a ledge he was on the schools rugby field. Roysh?
And you have simply got to get hold of Ross's Twelve Days of Christmas. It's, like, OH migod.
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By Mark Tallon on 6 Jun 2014
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I love this. I really want to live his life, he is so funny. I just find it hard to put these books down
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By Laura on 30 Nov 2013
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A re-read for me i'm going through the whole series again since reading Downturn Abbey. Paul Howard is definitely one of the best writers to have come from Ireland. His ear for voices and accents translates amazingly well into print and the hilarious situations Ross manages to find himself in always make me laugh out loud. Amazing.
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