"[A] hilarious and devastating little book."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Eagleton cracks jokes as easily as one would crack peanut shells."
--Washington Post Book World
"Witty and entertaining...heady, brimming with blistering screeds against the sacred and the profane."
"This superb memoir, which is riotously funny, philosophically illuminating, and raucously satirical, is so filled with good writing that you want to turn immediately to a friend and read whole swatches out loud....Eagleton's style dazzles, illuminates, and connects."
"Ireland has always provided England with some of its greatest wits. Past ages have seen Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde illuminating English letters; for the last several decades, Oxford, at least, has had Terry Eagleton...A very funny book, with wet-your-pants-laughing passages."
--Booklist (starred and boxed review)
"In this entertaining memoir of his childhood and intellectual development, Eagleton lives up to both sides of his reputation, coming off as both an astute social critic and a sharp-tongued cad."