Irreverent Shorts: A Collection of Short Stories and Comedy Sketches
The humour seems crowbarred in a lot of the time, contrived, impairing the surrounding story. Ultimately, there is no one to care about in these stories perhaps, with the exception of the semi-autobiographical tale concerning the sufferer of social anxiety. There are some great and truly funny moments to be found among the 15 shorts however, and glimmers of a genuinely fresh voice emerging among the squall. There is talent here, and humour and a welcome mix of absurdity and darkness; yet there is also a need for discipline and continence. An ability to curtail some of the absurdity might just free up some of these characters and stories, and possibly our own ability to relate to them.
Feb 09, Lauren Olmeda rated it it was amazing. Dec 08, Angelique rated it really liked it Shelves: When I started it, it was definitely a 5 star for me. I think he's not fully aware that his misogynistic tendencies can read less like parody more like truth. I met heard him talk and I have a lot of love and respect for him. I like his feminism, but it still needs some work. He sort of makes fun of this, in the story with the man who wears the Repeal sweatshirt and runs a pizza place.
Some of these are so wonder When I started it, it was definitely a 5 star for me. Some of these are so wonderfully disturbing and makes me think there is actually something wrong with him. But there probably isn't. It's a great example of how to deal with depression and the power of now. That's all I'll say about that. Totally worth a read. It will definitely be unlike anything you've read before. Mar 02, Nancy Wilde rated it it was amazing Shelves: Brilliantly twisted, rollercoaster-like unpredictable and witty.
Blindboy's elaborate eloquence and disturbing complexity is definitely not for everybody, which only makes it more irresistible. Some of the short stories are pure nightmare material, part bad trip, part introspective crisis, refreshed by an exhilarating fearlessness. I'd like to see David Cronenberg and Danny Boyle pairing up and bringing these stories to a screen - or maybe not, better leave them on those ad An instant favourite!
I'd like to see David Cronenberg and Danny Boyle pairing up and bringing these stories to a screen - or maybe not, better leave them on those adrenaline-fueled pages. Long live the Great Gascuntist! Jan 11, Cathal rated it it was amazing. Top class gas cuntism. The book is kind of undefineable. You will be reading the story thinking "ok, this is a grand wee story", then it will veer off course, skid, spin and crash in a ball of flames leaving no survivors.
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Only problem with this book was I read it way too quick. Feb 06, Conor Mcvarnock rated it really liked it. Excellent collection of shorts, somewhat in the grand tradition of Irish Short Story writing of the last century but with some of the surrealism of Flann O'Brien by way of Will Self. There's a little uneven-ness, some of the stories bang harder than others, but each of them says something about Ireland and what it is to be Irish in the current age. Favourite story - The Batter, a satire on the lifestyle and mentality of contemporary Dublin new media hispters.
Least Favourite - Lackland Candlewax, Excellent collection of shorts, somewhat in the grand tradition of Irish Short Story writing of the last century but with some of the surrealism of Flann O'Brien by way of Will Self. Least Favourite - Lackland Candlewax, an elaborate build up to a cheap gag. I also think Arse Children would have been perfect without the lengthy meta-explanatory epilogue. But that's just me. Overall I really liked this. Well worth picking up if you're a fan of The Rubber Bandits but I'd also recommend it to anyone interested in modern fiction in general.
As with Limmy's books, I expect that if you're reading this, you have some familiarity with the author's work outside of this book. Blindboy is one half of the Rubberbandits, best known for their comedy music videos; he also has a weekly podcast which seems to have been started partly to promote this book, but broadened out to tackle a vast array of topics, and has become immensely popular. Another thing this book has in common with Limmy's is that as I read it, I struggled not to picture the mai As with Limmy's books, I expect that if you're reading this, you have some familiarity with the author's work outside of this book.
Another thing this book has in common with Limmy's is that as I read it, I struggled not to picture the main character in each story as being the author himself. In part that can't be helped - though it's a particularly odd experience when the author is known for always wearing a plastic bag on his head - but part of it did come from the way in which both authors essentially write everything in their own 'voice', and usually in the first person. There's another aspect besides the voice which is recognisable as Blindboy himself though; in the podcast, Blindboy loves to go deep into recounting esoteric facts from history - odd little stories or 'hot takes' on historical phenomena.
He is one of those people who will tell you a long, bizarre, fascinating story about something - often in his case it's to do with art history, but can be anything from political movements to weird bits of folklore - which on further investigation maybe has, shall we say, a bit of spin to it. That is, not that he's a bullshitter, but you sometimes have to take certain things he says with a pinch of salt. I think a lot of people would not get away with this 'look how clever I am' style, but Blindboy has a huge amount of charisma and charm let's face it, partly down to his Limerick accent , so he manages it.
In these stories, very often he will do the same thing. Of course, often it's in character, so you can get a way with a bit of artistic license, but there's a sense of him loving to show off how much he knows about a particular subject and so working it into a story somehow. He does at least work in one subject close to his heart in the story Ten-Foot Hen Bending, which features a very accurate description of anxiety - mental health being a topic Blindboy regularly talks about.
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These stories are wildly creative and often very funny, but it's hard to know if there's a lot to them. Blindboy talks a lot about 'flow', meaning the state whereby you hit a run of creativity without consciously thinking about it. I got the impression from this book that he'd written these bizarre stories, with their odd twists and turns, in this almost stream-of-consciousness state, without a particular point in mind for most of them.
One or two of them appear to have a satirical point Lachland Candlewax is fairly broad satire, Did You Read About Erskine Fogarty slightly more nuanced and probably the best story in the book , but for the most part it's as if he's just put this out there to see what you make of it. Aug 09, Peter Cartwright rated it it was amazing. Nonetheless it has made quite a splash, selling to number 1 on some book charts. It is a book that is iconoclastic, irreverent, and politically incorrect by turns. On the other hand it also features a story about an anxiety attack that would resonate with anyone who has ever suffered from one.
However, all that said, Blindboy is a satirist. His treatment of a number of historical events in a satirical and absurdist fashion invite me to consider him a foremost satirist of the twenty first century, as uncomfortable and uncompromising as Swift in the seventeenth century. There is a regular feel that some of it is somewhat stand up comedy or pub talk in a book. Some have the feel of an essay.
I recommend it, but you have been warned. Aug 24, Joe Loftus rated it really liked it. This is a completely new voice inspired by the likes of Flann, Beckett, Joyce. Perhaps I was being snobbish. But either way I was wrong. The books addictive nature also took hold, I went from reading maybe one story here and there and then putting it back on the shelf, to reading pages in a day. They intertwined with one another. Is it De Lacy himself? Liam Flag is a character I remember from the prank calls of The Rubberbandits, he features in the final story.
And there are many more. As Gerard from Twitter ponders, is this a Gas Cuntism universe? I believe it is. And that is why this is more than just a funny and surreal book. It is layered and it is an incredible debut. I simply can't wait to see what Blindboy Boatclub comes out with next.
There's a lot of talent in this book and I believe Blindboy is paving the way, along with many others, for the next generation of Irish writing.
The Gospel According to Blindboy
Blindboy, Mike McCormack, Eimear McBride, and a handful of others are maintaining and furthering Ireland's legacy on the literary leaderboard. Jul 23, Finbarr rated it really liked it. I love Blindboy - have always found his music with the Rubber Bandits entertaining and am an avid listener to his podcast. I bought this book with great expectation and mostly it lived up to those. Of 15 stories, I would say eight are excellent, three are very good with a handful that didn't maintain the same quality. Everything I enjoy about his ramblings on the podcast is here in abundance: He has a knack of weaving narratives around complex topics such as mental health and art history.
I wonder if non-Irish people would struggle with some of the dialect? But it's certainly worth trying.
Jun 20, Michael rated it liked it. As much as I'd love to say this is great because I really find Blindboy an amazing voice for a forward-thinking Ireland , I'm afraid I can't. One or two stories aside, the majority of tales in the compendium have a tendency to lurch and I think that's really the most apt way of putting it from an interest-pricking showing to a ineptly handled telling.
And it doesn't just happen once, it happens quite a number of times: Which is a pity because there's the seeds of some really interesting stories that flicker out for want of a serious editing. Jan 22, Terry Clague rated it it was ok. Someone once advised me that Limerick is known as "Stab City", which seemed barely believable when I visited and less so now I've experienced this work from one of it's more well healed sons.
A collection of short stories, written by a hipster hoaxer, endorsed by Russell Brand, beloved by hundreds of thousands of mid-twenties men. I'm not sure what I was thinking. A couple of highlights, suggested by the loaner of the book, though my rapidly declining memory has their details peeling away like Someone once advised me that Limerick is known as "Stab City", which seemed barely believable when I visited and less so now I've experienced this work from one of it's more well healed sons.
A couple of highlights, suggested by the loaner of the book, though my rapidly declining memory has their details peeling away like The Bells of St. Sep 14, Sarah rated it really liked it. I would encourage any modern Irish person to read this - or any one interested in modern Irish society and history and how they collide - to read this.
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