Cartoon City

Cartoon City

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For a classic urban sass novel, cult hit Cartoon City by Ferdia Mac Anna is hard to beat, with its wild cast of misfits, rebels and Dublin denizens. Anti-hero Myles seeks an out from his journo work. When he falls for the redoubtable Mia, however, he is drawn into the heart of Dublin's underworld with some alarming - and hilarious - consequences. Ferdia Mac Anna's career has brought him from comic writing to memoir, literary fiction and film direction. This is his third novel, originally published by Headline in 2000. It romps through a comic tale of crime, passion and surreal humour at breakneck pace. With an eye for characterisation and a flair for Dublinese, it pogos along like Flann O'Brien with rock'n'roll. This second edition of Cartoon City from 451 Editions - is now available to coincide with its twentieth anniversary.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 139 x 215 x 16mm | 353.8g
  • Ireland
  • English
  • Special edition
  • 2nd Special edition
  • 1999907574
  • 9781999907570
  • 2,638,596

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"Hilarious."- Irish Times

"With its truly wild cast of scallywags, posers and postulants, Cartoon City delivers a Dublin of funnier, finer times, where those who had your back could also shoot you in the back, and still manage it with a wide smile and a killer one-liner. One of the funniest books I've read that will make you cringe and howl and pine for all those tiny eccentricities we lost when the Celtic Tiger rocked in and ruined it all." - June Caldwell

"A contemporary caper that pits ethics and morals against lust and greed - fine ingredients for a good meaty tale ... Rattles along like a skip truck on a steep incline." - Express Magazine

"Ferdia Mac Anna has three things that don't always go together: a brain, a heart, and a sense of humour." - Joe Jackson, Singer-songwriater

"A rollercoaster of a novel that never finds time to draw breath ... killer one-liners." - Irish Independent

"If Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker novels had been set in Dublin rather than outer space, they might have read like this. MacAnna's laid-back comic style has moments of frantic black farce ... it makes his eccentric crime-comedy-thriller compulsively readable, and very funny."- BUZZ

Cartoon City has all the ingredients of a classic 'urban noir' narrative ... Two decades after its first publication, it continues to resonate with a darkness that is, in characteristically Irish fashion, both visible and risible." - Thomas O'Grady
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