The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe - Artist Edition
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A powerful and unrelenting journey into a young boy’s heart of darkness, The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe is startlingly original and impossible to put out of your mind.
Set in a small town in Ireland in the early 1960s, The Butcher Boy is the story of Frances “Francie” Brady, also known as “pig boy,” the only child of an alcoholic father and a mother driven mad by despair. As his troubled home life collapses, Francie retreats into a violent fantasy world. Held up for scorn and ridicule by the sanctimonious neighbor Mrs. Nugent, and dropped by his best friend Joe in favor of Mrs. Nugent’s son, Francie finally finds a target for his rage, and a focus for his twisted, horrific plan. Dark, haunting, and often screamingly funny, The Butcher Boy chronicles the pig boy’s ominous loss of innocence and chilling descent into madness.
Written in a hybrid of first-person narrative and stream of consciousness, critics marveled at Patrick McCabe’s unique use of rhythm and language upon the novel’s publication in 1992. Critic Tim Guathier claimed McCabe’s style of writing forces the reader to “constantly reassess Francie Brady’s psychological stability,” making the novel all the more terrifying. The New York Times hailed The Butcher Boy as “stunning… part Huck Finn, part Holden Caulfield, part Hannibal Lecter.”
The Butcher Boy won the 1992 Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the 1992 Booker Prize. In 1997, it was adapted by the author and Neil Jordan into an award-winning film.
- 6” x 9” trim size.
- 248 Pages.
- Limited to 1000 copies.
- Full cloth, smyth-sewn binding.
- Two-hits foil stamping.
- New exclusive introduction by Patrick McCabe.
- Six full color illustrations by David Lupton.
- Dust jacket featuring wraparound artwork by David Lupton (the only edition featuring the dust jacket).
- Illustrated endsheets by David Lupton.
- Signed by the artist.
- Printed offset on premium Mohawk Via.
- Housed in an embossed paper covered slipcase.
- Bookmark with all pre-orders.
Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Illustrations © 2021 by David Lupton.
A beautiful edition of a fantastic book, Suntup never fails to deliver.
I had to read The Butcher Boy, and I could not wait for the release of the numbered edition. So, I ordered the AE and completely devoured this novel in a couple days. As always, reading a great book is a beautiful experience. Reading a Suntup edition with artwork and quality craftsmanship is even swiner. (I mean finer)!
I have a backlog of reviews. Paul is putting out books quicker than I can review. I received Blackwater#d, Handmaids Tale and Butcher Boy all since my last review. Each one of these books has given me great joy to own. Such beaitiful, creative pieces of literature. I'm never disappointed, and stand in awe over Paul's creative genius.
Beautiful tome, gorgeous artwork. I have not read the book yet, so I can't comment on that.
Aside from an unusually spacious slipcase for the AE (no worries getting the book in or our of the case this round) The Butcher Boy is another feather in the cap for Suntup who continues to take the craft of bookmaking to new heights. I can’t comment on the novel itself, but its presentation shines.
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