Title: EMERALD GERMS OF IRELAND - Scarce Pristine ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2001
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 306 pages. Published in 2001. The author's seventh novel. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Patrick McCabe's "Emerald Germs of Ireland". One of the author's most brilliant, macabre, and dementedly funny works. "McCabe may well be the lodestone of Irish fiction" (New York Observer). An absolute "must-have" title for Patrick McCabe collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (in the year of publication) in blue pen on the title page by the author: "March 14, 2001. Patrick McCabe". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. This is one of few such signed and dated copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Finalist of the Booker Prize in 1992 for "The Butcher Boy" and in 1998 for "Breakfast On Pluto". One of the finest novelists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PATRICK MCCABE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0060196785. Bookseller Inventory # 1807
Synopsis:"There is something special
Meet Pat McNab, forty-five years old, and about to embark on a homicidal rampage sparked by matricide. Or is he?
Pat spent endless hours chain-smoking and propping up the counter of Sullivan's Select Bar (not that Mrs. McNab knew anything about it -- she and Timmy the barman didn't get along at all) or sitting on his mother's knee singing away together like some ridiculous two-headed human jukebox. But that was all before the story really began -- Emerald Germs of Ireland is in essence Pat McNab's post-matricide year.
Pat, who now spends many of his waking hours sitting by the window in his old dark house, watching videos and nibbling abstractedly on pieces of toast, reflects on those long-gone days with Mommy, while fending off the persistent interferences of his small-town neighbors: the puritanical Mrs. Tubridy; that irascible seller of turf, the Turf Man; Sgt. "Kojak" Foley, and other unwanted snoops who could soon come to regret their inquisitive, nose-poking ways.
This is Patrick McCabe at his fiendish best. Dark, emotionally powerful, and surreal, Emerald Germs of Ireland is also his funniest work to date, masterfully displaying the anarchic twists and turns that are the hallmarks of his comic genius.
About the Author:
Patrick McCabe was born in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland, in 1955. His other novels include The Butcher Boy, The Dead School, and Call Me the Breeze. With director Neil Jordan, he co-wrote the screenplay for the film version of The Butcher Boy.
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