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The Order of the Phoenix Park Paperback – 18 Feb 2008

4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland (18 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340952873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340952870
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,673,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Endlessly surrealy and brilliantly offensive ... the anti-Ross O'Carroll Kelly. A crude comic genius.' (Sunday Tribune)

Brendan Behan for the internet generation (The Sunday Times)

'The child of Wodehouse, Python and, especially, Flann O'Brien.' (The Dubliner)

'Wickedly funny ... gleefully silly ... highly entertaining.' (Hot Press)

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Twenty Major - still smoking in Irish bars

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Format: Paperback
I was already familiar with the pseudnonynous and eponymous Twenty from his blog ([...]) and had eagerly awaited his tome.

Read it in one sitting - which is a vote of confidence as I read quickly and get bored easily if a book doesn't stimulate my interest. The humour is, at times, crude and if you are easily offended or particularly endeared to politically correct constructs then this book will irritate you no end and you'll doubtless write scathing reviews excoriating the text and laying into poor defenceful Twenty.

If you like a gumbo of blunt humour, subtle jokes, surreal comedy, satire and finely crafted prose then this is definitely worth the look. Yes there will be suspicous gristly bits you don't quite recognise in the mix (there are occasionally references that might be lost on non-Irish/non-Dublin readers - but the same is true of Joyce and Flann O'Brien) but you'll enjoy the fullness of the stew.

And after the stew... pints. Of guinness. naturally.

four stars because I never give five and because if I gave four he'd just sit on his laurels and make a mess of the sequel. ;-)
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Twenty Major's first book, based on the characters from his blog, pulls no punches from the first page. A twisted story about brainwashing the Irish populace into becoming acoustic loving drips, it's up to Twenty, Jimmy the Bollix, Stinking Pete, Dirty Dave, Lucky Luciano and Ron the barman to save everyone - will they be able to?

The writing style is easy to read, although the multiple tangents can make it hard to follow at times - and anyone offended by swearing should stay well clear. That said, for those that know Dublin and it's inhabitants, the raw language and local settings will make the book come to life as it accurately reflects daily life there.

A strong storyline twists through the book and keeps the reader interested. Surprisingly, for a first novel set over a short period of time, very little of the dialogue seems drawn out, except for when the author drops in his long-winded 80's song title puns. While I feel that they work very well on his blog, in the book they seemed a little contrived and stole attention from the main storyline.

Overall, a great read and a fantastic first novel - I can't wait for the next one to come along. In the next few years we might just realise that Twenty could be Ireland's answer to Terry Pratchett!
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Do you want to laugh? Do you enjoy complex comic characters? Like your music? Then this is the book for you.

Twenty Major is a politically incorrect tag for a politically incorrect writer who hits the funny bone time and again.

I am a 'read it in one go if it is any good' type, and was up all night reading this. The test of a book I think is much like a favourite film. Would you go through it again? I would, and I have.

Well done Mr Major, whoever you are.
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