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5.0 out of 5 starsBateman...what can I say..??
Reviewed in the United States on July 31, 2013
This author is a genius. I have moved Colin Bateman up on my list of favorite authors along with Christopher Moore.
4.0 out of 5 starsdon't judge this book by its cover ...
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2003
Despite its cover 'Turbulent Priests' has little to do with bedraggled young women who smoke. It's actually a very cleverly plotted story about a young girl on a island off Ireland who is claimed to be the messiah. A reporter is sent out to chronicle events and, to no surprise, all is not what they appear to be. 'Turbulent Priests' is fresh and funny. It lamblasts both the (Catholic) church and Irish society in equal measure without taking it all too seriously. Only the most sensitive will be offended (..although much of the language is crude). I should also add that the book is rather Irish-centric. Folks from outside Ireland/Britain might not understand much of the verbage or the sarcastic humour. Bottom line: perhaps Colin Bateman's best book. No small praise.
Love, love, love Bateman and his ability to make you laugh with and love Dan Starkey. He also has a great ability to describe a imperfect hero without overly dramatising or depressing the reader. The characterisations are all done with both feet firmly in reality to make the absurd situations very possible. Clever, funny and a page turner, what more is there to say.
This is a magnificent storyline. Brilliantly written exciting Dan Starkey novel with the inclusion of good Irish humour. I found the book hard to put down and finished it far too quickly. I think that this is just about my favourite Colin Bateman story so far.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 19, 2016
Bateman is an acerbic and blackly funny writer. A shrewd observer of the absurdities of the human condition but writes with compassion. A great read. It's one of his earlier books but shows signs of how accomplished his work will become. I loved it.