Excellent story, really fun Irish scenery, family life and colloquialisms, and awesome writing.
Laird the poet comes out in occasional flashes, although his talent for metaphor hardly rivals masters such as Nabokov and Updike.
The real fun just begins... I though this book was very entertaining and full of comical events.
I came upon this book browsing at the bookstore, just by luck. What a great find. Excellent story, really fun Irish scenery, family life and colloquialisms, and awesome writing. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Daniel Holland
Don't ask me to review if you are going to require me to write something. See my GoodReads account if you want a reviewPublished on March 28, 2013 by A. Karr
I found this a terrifickly well realized novel, driven less by plot than by the characters' ambivalent relationships to their various backgrounds, which collide in the life of the... Read morePublished on October 8, 2007 by Writing Degree Zero
What's most distinctive about "Utterly Monkey" is its voice -detached and ironic, smirking, a bit boozy. Laird has a gift for quirky turns of phrase and idiomatic goofiness. Read morePublished on September 4, 2006 by Amazon Customer
The author, Nick Laird hails from Northern Ireland and worked as a lawyer before turning to writing full time. Read morePublished on June 4, 2006 by Sirin
I gladly give this book 4 stars because the descriptions are sometimes stunningly astute. A joy to read. Read morePublished on March 17, 2006 by 2nd Opinion
Having the pleasure (and no doubt embarassment) of being married to the most beautiful and famous novelist in London, Laird has no right to be this talented. What a debut novel! Read morePublished on January 13, 2006 by Richard von Busack