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A Good Place To Start

The Commitments 2
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha 2
The Van 1
A Star Called Henry 1

A Bad Place To Start

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Roddy Doyle

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decemberthirty January 30th, 2006 12:15 PM PST

Roddy Doyle won the Booker Prize for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, and it's certainly the best of his books that I've read. I'm not sure, however, that it's the best place to start with him. Although Paddy Clarke is lovely and heartbreaking, I found that it took quite a bit of getting into before I began to appreciate it. If you're new to Doyle, you might be better off starting with the fast-paced and rollicking A Star Called Henry. His Barrytown trilogy (The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van) is also great--lighter than his other work, and very very funny.

Bybee November 12th, 2006 03:22 AM PST

A great place to start with Roddy Doyle is "The Barrytown Trilogy" which consists of: The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van, all tales of Jimmy Rabbitte's family. Laugh out loud funny!


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