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runner rated it 3 years ago
A powerful voice in Irish writing returns with an evocative novel illustrating once again the misery, pain and ruined lives caused by the sexual abuse scandal prevalent within the Catholic Church from the 1950's. Victor Forde is now a lone single man who spends part of each day in Donnelly's public...
Hol rated it 3 years ago
The stage show of The Commitments was at my local theatre, but I couldn’t get a ticket as every performance was sold out, which got me thinking about the book. I’d always heard it was good and I love short books (it’s only 144 pages), plus it’s set in Ireland and I’m Irish. How could I not read it? ...
Irresponsible Reader
Irresponsible Reader rated it 5 years ago
Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr. started off as a supporting character in The Commitments, moved up to co-star in The Snapper, and finally moves to the forefront in The Van, which is more about him than the other two were about any one person. Which isn't to say that Jimmy, Jr., Sharon, Veronica, Darren and the...
TrevorPTweedleD rated it 5 years ago
"Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha is an appropriate title for this book. This stream of consciousness narrative puts you into the mind of a ten-year old where at one moment you can be communicating one thing and at a drop of a hat you can become fixated on another. The author channels his inner child, complete...
Irresponsible Reader
Irresponsible Reader rated it 5 years ago
Naturally, after one of the best rock band novels ever -- one fully of music, laughs, and style -- Doyle follows it up with a heartfelt story of a young woman who gets pregnant after a one-night stand. Who wouldn't? Now, Sharon (the young woman in question) is the sister of Jimmy Rabbitte -- The C...
Irresponsible Reader
Irresponsible Reader rated it 5 years ago
An expanded version of this appears on The Irresponsible Reader. ----- Will yeh please put your workin' class hands together for your heroes. The Saviours o' Soul, The Hardest Workin' Band in the World, —Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes —The Commitments. This is a tough one for me to talk about -- long time fan,...
Read All The Things! Reviews
Read All The Things! Reviews rated it 6 years ago
This novel in short stories is written by ten different authors. The royalties from the sale of the book benefit Amnesty International. All of the stories revolve around a photographer named Gee. The stories range from realism to magical realism to science fiction. Like all short story collections, ...
Stewartry rated it 6 years ago
Received from Netgalley for review, thank you. I love the one-sentence premise: that four generations of Irish women are on a road trip – "one is dead, one is dying, one is driving, and one is just starting out." And that is the strict truth.

I own a book or two by Roddy Doyle, but this is ...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 6 years ago
bookshelves: radio-4, britain-ireland, dublin, series, fradio, amusing, music, families, published-2013, spring-2014, midlife-crisis, medical-eew, religion, roman-catholic, lifestyles-deathstyles, lit-richer Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners Read from January 31 to April 28, 2014 R4Descripti...
Kinga's Books
Kinga's Books rated it 6 years ago
I went into this book knowing nothing about it, not having seen the movie, certainly not having seen the musical and not being familiar with the Irish institution that is Roddy Doyle.Initially I thought there was a mistake and I somehow obtained the screenplay for the film rather than the novel. Doy...
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