The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe

The Butcher Boy is a dark and disturbing tale set in small-town Ireland, following the life of a troubled young boy who descends into madness and violence. The protagonist's life is filled with neglect, abuse and mental health issues, and his increasingly erratic behavior and gruesome fantasies lead him down a path of horrific actions. The novel provides a stark exploration of the effects of societal neglect and the failure of mental health systems.

The 1319th greatest book of all time


Published
1992
Nationality
Irish
Type
Fiction
Pages
200-250
Words
61,000
Original Language
English

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