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Monday, January 22, 2018

Knick Knack Paddy Whack(The Talk of the Town): A Novel (1999)by Ardal O'Hanlon

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Adral O"Hanlon is best (only?) known in the USA for his role as the comic foil in the Irish sitcom Father Ted.  BUT he also wrote Knick Knack Paddy Whack/The Talk of the Town, a very well received novel.
Book Review
Knick Knack Paddy Whack(The Talk of the Town): A Novel (1999)
by Ardal O'Hanlon

  Knick Knack Paddy Whack (known as The Talk of the Town in the UK but renamed for the United States) is written by Irish author Ardal O'Hanlon, who was also the dumber, younger priest on Britcom, Father Ted.  Knick Knack Paddy Whack is half way between being an Irish Catcher in the Rye and an Irish Trainspotting.  The main narrator Patrick Skully (interspersed with chapters written by his girlfriend, Franscesca), isn't in school, works a shitty security job at a jewelry store where he mostly steals stuff and spends his weekends in a disco trying to get as drunk as possible and have sex.  He basically has no friends, his father is dead and he doesn't get along with his family. 

   On the positive side, he refuses to smoke cigarettes and considers himself intelligent.  It's clear from page one that nothing is going to end well, and O'Hanlon does not disappoint. Patrick Skully, a reader might observe 10 pages into Knick Knack Paddy Whack, is not going to succeed in life.  He does not. 

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