The Good Son (Audio Download): Paul McVeigh, Paul McVeigh, Whole Story Audiobooks: Audible Audiobooks pdf epub –

Mickey Donnelly is smart, which isn t a good thing in his part of town Despite having a dog called Killer and being in love with the girl next door, everyone calls him gay He dreams of going to America, taking Wee Maggie and Ma with him to get them away from Belfast and Da Mickey realises it s all down to him He has to protect Ma from herself And sometimes, you have to be a bad boy to be a good son

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  1. Jo Ely Jo Ely says:

    Mickey, the adolescent chief protagonist of The Good Son is hemmed in on every side by The Troubles He must not find himself in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong accent or school uniform, be called Mickey instead of Ian in the shadow of the Shankill Butchers Conversely, on the catholic side of No Mans Land, Mickey must not get on the wrong side of the IRA hard men and their playground spies a playground scuffle with another kid can turn into an IRA warning In short, Mickey s life is deeply constrained by large violent men on both sides of the conflict.Mickey is an artsy theatrical kid on the cusp of adulthood His sense of self is having to emerge in the shadow of a truly toxic version of masculinity his father beats his mother, he s been threatened by an IRA hardman, dragged out from under the bed by British soldiers, and in Mickey s world men drink, throw their weight about and issue orders They seem to make all the rules, and daily pull the rug out from under any sort of progress The women in Mickeys world are somewhat forced to work around the men, and they do so defiantly, cleverly, hilariously It is the women who keep the family together, the children alive and fed, and it is the women in Mickey s life who must stitch together pragmatic solutions to the problems created by men.But Mickey is a boy who is going to be a man, and at this point in his life he is a boy without heroes.For Mickey,Just being himself is dangerous Just like a catholic caught on the wrong side of town has to act Protestant, or vice versa, a smart thoughtful kid in a rundown school has to be careful to whom he reads out his poetry.There is a lot of dark, sparky humour in this novel and I m thinking particularly of the banter between Mickey and his beloved Ma The dialect itself seems to lend itself to rich, wry and poetic insults.McVeigh could have written this novel as a tragedy or a misery memoir, instead he chooses comedy But in this writer s capable hands Mickey s hilarious one liners and rich flights of fancy do not mask or distract us from the tragedy at the heart of his story, rather they reveal it In some ways this entire novel is an exercise in bathos.The Good Son is a unique insight into a time and place like no other, Northern Ireland during The Troubles, through the eyes of a smart, artsy, thoroughly principled, gently camp and not particularly streetwise kid But Mickey has his rich imagination to save him That and the filims, which give him a window into a world outside the terrifying grey trap into which he was born Young Mickey plots to save his family and become a filim star in America, all the while with a deep understanding that not everyone in his story will necessarily get out alive.I think a lot of British people have a sense or a belief that the Catholic Protestant divide in Belfast is chiefly an ideological or tribal divide To be honest we re quite uncomprehending about it But McVeigh s novel makes it clear, in a hundred small ways, that the area is in fact a geographical, social and economic trap And that if people support sectarian violence then in many cases it s because they ve been cornered into doing so, or manipulated in one way or another That these kinds of decisions and allegiances are the pragmatic ethics of survival Mickey is in every way possible antithetical to his environment, and therefore he is best placed to reveal it.The Good Son implicitly asks the question, how do you spring a child from a trap like this

  2. Dove Dove says:

    Mickey Donnelly, a young Belfast lad, is getting ready for a posh grammar school education during the Troubles of Northern Ireland Life evolves around an absent alcoholic father, what Da might do to Ma, his macho brother Paddy, his nice sister Measles, and Wee Maggie, who he adores Money is scarce and the neighbourhood is divided between the Prods and the Catholics.My first misconception was to expect the bleakness and dark humour of Roddy Doyle as in Doyle s trilogy about Henry Smart Henry senior goes around killing people with his wooden leg, and then Henry junior becomes an assassin too, and then he loses his leg Once I got past that, I was quickly taken into Mickey s world, shrouded in a bright light, the kind of light a young person brings to the adult world like Scout in To Kill a Mocking Bird , and of course, that was achieved by the author s talent and his endeavours to stay on target and make Mickey real.Mickey is different from the other boys and girls, and attracts derision and bullying, however the local women really enjoy his good manners and sense of humour.A real delight is the way the author allows prepubescent Mickey s sexuality to develop He wants to lumber Martine, he can get a hard on with a dirty magazine but can t ejaculate, everyone calls him gay , and then one day another young lad, much like himself, causes the tinniest of stirring in his pants And so the issues about a young lad s growing awareness are portrayed It really is sweet, engaging, important, and written in a robust vernacular voice A dab of magic on top plus irreverent prose, which always goes down well with me.However, I m one of those people who can t help but nitpick I d have liked to read about Ma working in the chippy and then she d bring some chips back home wrapped in paper I cringed at the reference to The Black and White Minstrel Show.As I understand it, The Good Son is to be given out for World Book Day I can completely understand this, because the book goes beyond a good read and lets younger people know that they are OK, they are normal, and what s they can carve out a life for themselves no matter what And as an adult, I was left with a smile on my face.

  3. T H Marshall T H Marshall says:

    I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend.I usually don t like literature,movies or television programmes about my.home town.of Belfast Forward awareness art from the troubles that invariably take one sided the other and set about to preach or educate on one point of view But The Good Son doesn t live to the expected norm.It is set in one particular housing estate in West Belfast were all the residents are of on particular religion and set of beliefs but yet it covers universal themes.It basically is a story about coming of age and the difficulty one boy has in coming to grips with teenage life.The use of local vernacular is amazing and the author really does become an.eleven year old son with all his problems and dreams.It really really worth reading I don t know if there is follow up but if any book deserved a sequel this is it.

  4. Morrigan Morrigan says:

    Ce livre est absolument extraordinaire, bien construit et tr s bien crit L histoire se passe en Irlande du Nord dans les ann es 80 dans une famille catholique et est crite du point de vue d un adolescent particuli rement intelligent qui ferait tout pour sa m re Il y a des moments hilarants mais aussi tr s tristes car cela se passe au pire moment de l histoire de l Irlande du Nord.

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  6. ZANCHI Clecio ZANCHI Clecio says:

    Um livre passionnant avec une histoire fascinante.Une oeuvre d art Vous adorerez certainement ce travail literaire de cet auter Irlandais

  7. Lorraine Berry Lorraine Berry says:

    McVeigh, who came close to winning the Not the Booker prize sponsored by the GUARDIAN, has written a fierce and tender novel about a lad growing up during The Troubles Some people have compared McVeigh s writing to that of Roddy Doyle in PADDY CLARKE I should note that while I didn t actually like the Doyle book, I loved McVeigh s His boy feels real He is not a one note character, neither the tragic man child who makes stupid choices, nor the innocent naif who couldn t melt the proverbial butter, but rather a boy on the verge of adolescence who is trying to understand a screwed up world of politics that results in beatings and neighbors turning against neighbors And he loves his ma, his da, and his big brother, but he loves his kid sister most of all.It s also a vivid evocation of life in a neighborhood where everyone knows everyone, and who your people were before that Gossip flows like beer, and it can be tough to figure out whether it s best to ignore the latest news about what you ve done, or to fight back It s also a neighborhood where the boundaries serve the purposes of keeping one safe by restricting movements The reason you don t venture into the next neighborhood is because of a dispute that s been raging for four centuries While the houses may have been rebuilt, the relationships with the others have not And your religious identification is the first clue to understanding your place in the world.This is lyrical writing It contains bits of dialect, but nothing obtrusive or a barrier to understanding What s there gives you a flavour of how people speak to one another, but it s not intended to make readers feel like outsiders.Oh, and it s also a story about the love between a boy and his dog.

  8. R. Barry R. Barry says:

    Why is this book remarkable Because you will find yourself caring deeply about the protagonist to a degree that s rare in contemporary literature and you will be well rewarded for your caring.Mickey is a pubescent boy growing up in a small patch of Belfast during The Troubles, but he could be any child trying to thrive, or even survive, in difficult circumstances We follow Mickey s confused determination through his own eyes, with all the ambiguity, embarrassment, loneliness, and humor most of us experience approaching adolescence.Once I started this book, I could not put it down and read it in a single sitting.

  9. James Claffey James Claffey says:

    McVeigh s coming of age story is a poignant, stark and sympathetic work that left me reeling at the last page Somehow, he defied this reader s expectations, and delivered the story of Mickey Donnelly with narrative and emotional aplomb The time and place of the book are well captured, the tough neighborhoods of Belfast brought to harrowing life as Mickey navigates the wreckage of his family in an attempt to claim his own place in the world My hat s off to Paul McVeigh for such a well drawn and remarkable character and his story This book goes on the shelf next to Jim the Boy, and Kieron Smith, Boy, as examples of how to perfectly capture the difficulties of a boy s formative years.

  10. Lauren B. Davis Lauren B. Davis says:

    It s hard to believe this is a first novel, it s so good A masterful combination of tragedy and humor, stirred into a batter of scathing social commentary So much than a simple coming of age book, and yet somehow it manages that as well Paul McVeigh is s writer we ll be hearing a great deal from in years to come Highly recommended.

  11. L. Marie L. Marie says:

    This is a marvelous, timely, and timeless book I adored the narrator from his first few words, and found the book difficult to put down.

  12. J Flood-Hunt J Flood-Hunt says:

    A comedy or a tragedy Both And with a moving, feel good twist at the end I loved it.

  13. David Hodgson David Hodgson says:

    Good story, well written and interesting.