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When Mr Dog Bites Paperback – 4 Sep 2014
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I loved Dylan Mint. He made me laugh out loud and his tenacity had me rooting for him from the first page (Stephen Kelman)
It's the F-word - funny, foul-mouthed, fantastic! (Charlie Higson)
So surprising and charming it would be hard not to feel a little uplifted (Observer)
Beautifully observed and hilariously uncomfortable ... Mint has a certain charm, and his mangled language and omnivorous approach to slang suggest a lively, inquiring brain (Philip Womack, Guardian)
Energetic, confident and compassionate ... There's a genuine exuberance about it ... [Conaghan] is one to watch (Scotland on Sunday)
Entertaining (Big Issue)
One of the book's most engaging characteristics, its often hilarious (and often scatological) humour . This is a portrayal of young male bonding, complete with all the lively banter of true camaraderie, at its most tender and affectionate (Irish Times)
Hilariously touching and outrageously unforgettable: Mark Haddon's Christopher Boone meets Holden Caulfield on one *#@! of a journey . . .See all Product description
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Dylan's almost naive view of the world presents some very interesting insights into our society, in my opinion. For example, consider the following: "Miss Flynn told me that I had to accept the fact that I did these things that other people simply didn't do. So I accepted it. But what she didn't know was that other people do things that spazzie people don't. We don't fight on the street and vomit all over the place (Michelle Malloy doesn't count as it was a one-off), we don't steal from shops or mug people, we don't blag from the social welfare, we don't get teenage girls pregnant, we don't drink as much as we possibly can and we don't wander the streets wearing cheap sports gear (sports gear should only be worn when playing sport). It's not rocket engineering, duh! Teachers didn't know everything about the word on the street." (p. 383). You can't miss the point that a lot of so called "normal" people do things which don't make any sense at all and are just wrong in any society.
I personally loved the swearing - it made me laugh a lot. Perhaps it has been put in for comedy effect rather than to portray an understanding of Tourette's, but it was still very funny.
This is a great novel - it's a lot of fun with a social message not to far underneath.
So don't stop reading just because the first bit may be boring, always keep going on as there is as gem hidden
in this book
So now what else has Brian written?
Anyway it's a good enough read if you have nothing better to do.....just treat it the way you would Game of Thrones......complete fantasy with no grounding in reality
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As many other reviews have said the language used by Dylan is completely out of line with how youths of today speak.Read more