Winterwood Once Redmond Hatch was in heaven married to the lovely Catherine and father to enchanting daughter Immy But then he took them both to Winterwood And it would never be the same again In Patrick McCab

Once, Redmond Hatch was in heaven, married to the lovely Catherine and father to enchanting daughter Immy But then he took them both to Winterwood And it would never be the same again In Patrick McCabe s spellbinding new novel, nothing and no one are ever quite what they seem When Hatch, devoted husband and father, revisits the secluded mountains where he grew up, he meOnce, Redmond Hatch was in heaven, married to the lovely Catherine and father to enchanting daughter Immy But then he took them both to Winterwood And it would never be the same again In Patrick McCabe s spellbinding new novel, nothing and no one are ever quite what they seem When Hatch, devoted husband and father, revisits the secluded mountains where he grew up, he meets Auld Pappie Ned While he claims to be just a harmless local fiddler, a teller of tall tales, Ned sets off a cataclysmic chain of events in Redmond s life From the mysterious disappearance of Redmond s daughter to the reluctant remembrance of a troubled boyhood to secret glimpses into an unstable marriage, everything soon spirals out of control Narrated with hypnotic precision and fractured lyricism, Winterwood is a disturbing and unforgettable tale of love, death and identity from a masterful novelist.

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  1. Patrick McCabe came to prominence with the publication of his third adult novel, The Butcher Boy, in 1992 the book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in Britain and won the Irish Times Aer Lingus Prize for fiction McCabe s strength as an author lies in his ability to probe behind the veneer of respectability and conformity to reveal the brutality and the cloying and corrupting stagnation of Irish small town life, but he is able to find compassion for the subjects of his fiction His prose has a vitality and an anti authoritarian bent, using everyday language to deconstruct the ideologies at work in Ireland between the early 1960s and the late 1970s His books can be read as a plea for a pluralistic Irish culture that can encompass the past without being dominated by it.McCabe is an Irish writer of mostly dark and violent novels of contemporary, often small town, Ireland His novels include The Butcher Boy 1992 and Breakfast on Pluto 1998 , both shortlisted for the Booker Prize He has also written a children s book The Adventures of Shay Mouse and several radio plays broadcast by the RT and the BBC Radio 4 The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto have both been adapted into films by Irish director Neil Jordan.McCabe lives in Clones, Co Monaghan with his wife and two daughters.Pat McCabe is also credited with having invented the Bog Gothic genre.

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  1. Its a wee bit tiresome when the whole book is narrated like an Irish, yes a native Irish man gone bit batty, well not a bit batty, he s feelin quite better actually, goin to work and such, but aye there s Ole Pappy again, and he s a sittin with his daughter in the winterwood, his precious wee one, the pretty lass is asleep, always asleepin, or is she but gettin back to Ole Pappy, aye that was just a dream but there he is, asittin and OH JUST SPIT IT OUT ALREADY.

  2. Winner of the 2007 Irish Book Award of the Year, Winterwood is the chilling story of Redmond Hatch, a man who appears to have defied his troubled childhood by making a happy life for himself with his beautiful wife and the daughter he adores The novel opens with Hatch, a journalist, interviewing Ned Strange, a local folk musician, for an article on the folklore and dying traditions of his native mountain village of Slievenageeha, Ireland Despite the muddled perspective of an unreliable narrator, [...]

  3. Hmmm what to say about this book The prose is great, but the story is almost incomprehensible at times I found myself having to re read paragraphs at several points just to figure out what the hell the author was saying I think there was an interesting plot in there somewhere, but it was really hard to follow was the protagonist going insane Was he seeing ghosts Was Ned his dad or uncle Did he kill his ex wife and daughter Who knows All I know is that there was a rambling book that only loosely [...]

  4. More clean prose and streamlined stream of conscious from your man McCabe The result A worthwhile read bordering on borderline genius.But don t take my word for it Here are three negative reviews of the novel provided by extremely common folk expressly stolen from I ve culled the following, completely verbatim, mind you, simply because they make me smile.A Poorly Written NovelI felt that this book was very poorly written There were too many questions left unanswered The book reviews on the cover [...]

  5. La verdad es que en este libro no me he enterado muy bien de qui n hace qu cosa, en qu momento y en qu lugar El protagonista, en una narraci n en primera persona que avanza temporalmente desde los a os ochenta hasta el dos mil cinco, mezcla sus vivencias presentes con flashbacks del pasado, adem s entremete historias de su padre, de su t o y de un amigo de ambos Para acabar de complicarlo todo, el personaje principal va ocultando su identidad y cambiando su personalidad a medida que huye de su p [...]

  6. I don t know how to say much without giving too much away I LOVED it It is creepy and twisty It s somewhat a mystery, but mostly a psychological thriller my favorite A real page turner I have spent a good deal of time in my own head thinking I m one thing and finding I m another This is that to the most violent level.

  7. He s done it again This book is haunting Patrick McCabe leads the reader through another tale of madness This one creeps up on you No one is quite who or what they seem The horror is veiled, thinly referenced but always present The entire book felt like waiting for a sucker punch to the gut that never quite came At the same time, by the end of the book I felt as if every character in the book had kicked me as hard as they could but, somehow, I didn t notice when each individual blow fell This is [...]

  8. Winterwood sounds like a place you might like to visit on a cold day to sit down by the fire and listen to old timey tales of holy wells and fairy trees Well, it s no place you want to go And Ned Auld Pappie Strange is no James Stephens, unless Stephens was secretly a mean drunk with a dark heart who lured wee children to his forest lair for unspeakable purposes But Stephens was no Pappie, and I hope Patrick McCabe isn t either but he definitely knows something about the pathology of violence an [...]

  9. Dark and unsettling You know what s going to happen, but you keep reading, hoping that you re going to be wrong You aren t Great writing.

  10. I suppose Winterwood has been marketed as a horror story and it certainly is horrifying , but it s essentially a character study of a disturbed individual There is very little violence directly referenced mostly there are vague references peppered between the narrator s disarming optimism, that are all the frightening for what they leave to the imagination I made the mistake of reading quite a large chunk of this book before going to bed needless to say, I didn t sleep well that night.This is t [...]

  11. The trick to enjoying this book is surely not to try to wrestle it into a linear sense That is not McCabe s intention with his slippery narrator.The structure reminded me a bit of a song With new verses, but coming back again and again to a familiar chorus I also thought about smoke, drifting on the breeze, you smell it and you know that something is burning, but you don t know what, or how much damage has occured.Redmond Hatch is a narrator I will never forget I was gripped by every word he utt [...]

  12. No s si con la traducci n Bosque Frio perdi parte de su horror Ciertamente la pedofilia, el abuso sexual y el asesinato son terror ficos en general y a su modo, pero el uso abuso frecuente de flashbacks, termino por desorientarme totalmente, aunque la sensaci n de estar leyendo la mente de un hombre perturbado siempre estuvo presente Al final no se qu demonios sucedi , Ned y Red fueron redimidos O estar an juntos hasta el fin de la eternidad cuando la nieve enfrie el infierno , no creo volver a [...]

  13. It is creepy in so many ways Yes, it s a page turner, yes the unreliable Red Hatch keeps readers on their toes as we have to piece together the truth from the fiction he creates in his own head Moreover though, at it s core, this book focuses on the terrible effect abuse has both on society as a whole and the individuals subjected to it We shake our heads in disgust but have no idea what to do about it s cyclical effect on generations.

  14. Where was the climax I ve never read a book that tries so hard to build up the shock factor that it actually misses it completely I kept waiting for the point where someone would acknowledge what ACTUALLY happened and it NEVER came This book just beat around the pediphilia bush and was utterly dull and pointless It is my understanding that the author has won, or was nominated, for the Man Booker prize but I m hoping it was not for Winterwood.

  15. Extremely disturbing and psychologically mind f ing book I absolutely hated it, though I know some people did like it Unlike Humbert Humbert in Lolita, Redmond Hatch Ned Strange the men of the mountain, are just completely repulsive I dont buy into the whole they are both victim and perpetrator this book makes me want to have a shower and wash it off my skin and run Far and fast.

  16. I am sad to say that bought this book for my husband for Valentine s Day Let s just say it doesn t inspire romance This is a gritty and disturbing novel If you like the idea of an unreliable narrator you will like this book Creative and intriguing.

  17. While the movement back and forth in time and the ambiguity of who is really who build suspense, it is also unsatisfying because there is a little too much confusion and that takes away from the tension because it s harder to become involved with the characters.

  18. Very weird I listened to the audiobook and I LOVED that Patrick McCabe has an Irish accent and the story takes place in Ireland.

  19. How does a mundane narration of one protagonist manage to retain my interest Besides, the narration went back and forth between the present and past, blurring the timeline Perhaps it was a metaphor of his mental state As I come up with a possible deduction, the final chapter throws me off I have no definite conclusion, on what had happened It s unsettling as I don t know which of the facts or reality presented is real for Redman How easily Redman chose to bury or refocus his realities to suit th [...]

  20. 3.5 stars Patrick McCabe is a masterful storyteller with a very disturbed mind who loves to write stories about men who have lost their minds I have read several of his books, my favourite being Breakfast on Pluto, which is why I purchased this book sometime ago and have finally read it I have decided at this time in my life, that I m not very interested in reading about creepy, insane protagonists, probably because there are far too many of them in the world that we live in today I understand w [...]

  21. Great book, I think nobody quite manages to capture the thought processes and narrative of the psychotic and the sociopathic in such authentic, disarming and engaging ways The madness, obsessiveness, nepotism and despair that lurks at the heart of rural Ireland gentrified and sentimentalised during the Celtic Tiger era but alive all the same.

  22. Patrick McCabe came to my attention in the 1990s with his novel The Butcher Boy Like that novel, Winterwood is the story of a killer Like that novel, it is blackly comic Redmond Hatch returns to rural Ireland where he meets Pappie Strange, a musician with a string of stories, some of which just might be true Pappie Strange has a secret, though, and people warn Redmond away from him Years later, now married to Catherine and with a young daughter, Immy, Redmond learns that Pappie has raped and mur [...]

  23. Once upon a time Raymond Hatch was living the dream a blissful family life with his beautiful wife Catherine and their daughter Imogen He was a bit older than Catherine, but no matter Otherwise they were the picture of modern Irish middle class prosperity Until Raymond, a journalist, decided to return to his roots, to his mountain home of Slievenageeha, to conduct research into the region s folklore Here he meets Ned Strange, the repository of the mountain s traditional songs and folktales who, [...]

  24. Ok, I hate to say it, but this was the first Patrick McCabe novel I have read, and I have mixed feelings about it At first, I couldn t put it down, it was frightening and the writing style was unique well for me because I haven t read any of his works until now but then it started to get a little stale It was a dark and creepy psychological thriller, but it was also very confusing The main character, Redmond Hatch seems to be constantly changing, I felt as if he was constantly changing his perso [...]

  25. Winterwood was marketed as a kind of modern horror fairy tale, pulling references from Irish folklore into 1980s Dublin The narrator, Redmond Hatch, returns to his native mountain valley of Slievenageeha, and begins a friendship of sorts with local character Ned Auld Pappy Strange From there, Redmond s life and the trajectory of the novel takes a dark turn This was a rough book Super dark, nasty subject matter intensifying as the novel progresses, permeated all the way through with a heavy, grow [...]

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