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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (6 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330492616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330492614
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,107,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Matt Gifford on 22 Feb 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a great book especially for Nick Hornsby fans.
I found the writing style a little strange to begin with and was urging the author to add a few more full stops.
You get a real feel for the character and of his Dublin surroundings.
The ending is a little sharp & quick with no real sense of closure (for me anyway), but a really enjoyable read that I couldn't put down halfway through it!
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By . on 8 Mar 2004
Format: Paperback
I could'nt leave it aside till I'd read it.
I guess it was mainly down to the style of writing since the story is not particularly amazing, but there are lots clever takes on many aspects of Dublin life - from another review I saw on Amazon for a different edition it seems that non-Dubliners can grasp all the finer points. I doub't you'll be dis-appointed!
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By Zola fan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Mar 2011
Format: Paperback
I picked this up at a library table sale and wasn't expecting much after reading the blurb on the back but I couldn't put it down after reading the first chapter. I see that this book has had some poor reviews but, horses for courses, I found it a really good read. The descent of the central character, Rory, from whizz kid account manager in PR flashing his cash to his ultimate self-destruct downfall had me riveted. Binchey portrays the get-ahead, get-rich ambitions of the Dublin fast-laners in a comic, yet tragic, way and I found myself sympathising with the most undeserving character.

The book gives non-Dubliners a rich insight of how the economic boom took a grip on the city before the crash (much like the Yuppie era of the 1980s, I guess). The characters are well-rounded and Binchey contrasts the new generation of squandering go-getters in contemporary Dublin with the rather staid, traditional Irish of the countryside who'd probably seen it all before. If you are looking for a good tale that's well written, I would recommend this
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