A Mad and Wonderful thing is a debut novel, which takes us through the life of a young man who is groomed for war by circumstance, acquaintance and tragedy.
In the story the lead character, Jonny, introduces us to Ireland in the 1990`s and the complexities of life therein.
I found it written lightly despite the topic and feel that the author has used a light touch in order to avoid alienating the reader. I felt this book fell somewhere between the style of Nick Hornby’s` A Long Way Down` or the heavier ` Women Who Walked into Doors` by Roddy Doyle.
With it's thought provoking commentary eg “war is never right until it calls to your door” and “We are born with the tools to destroy ourselves, this is the nature of man” I feel that Reading Groups may have much to discuss.
Overall I found this a short read and I had finished it in a day. it could be a good text for a long train journey or perhaps a `lightish` holiday read.