Roddy Doyle

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I was reading a review of The Guts, his new one, which set out how his work now comprises a world entire; with multiple recurring characters, characters revisited throughout their lives, all sorts of perspectives on the society in which they're set. Updike was the comparison it used. I don't have an œuvre, but if I did that's what I'd like it to be.

But I've never actually read him, so far as I recall, nor I think have I seen any of the adaptations of his work. Should I? Where to start, what to miss, how raised to keep my eyebrow?

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 10 August 2013 20:01 (seven years ago) link

I saw the commitments movie, it's ok. Didn't make me want to read the book. Never read any doyle. In summary: idk.

Charlie Slothrop (wins), Saturday, 10 August 2013 22:14 (seven years ago) link

Meh tbh. Not much better than brendan ocarroll iirc

Dr Peter Who? (darraghmac), Saturday, 10 August 2013 22:30 (seven years ago) link

The original Barrytown books are fairly good IMO, v light reading, good sense of Dublin. The Commitments should have been about house/techno though.

Shamrock Shoe (LocalGarda), Saturday, 10 August 2013 23:15 (seven years ago) link

Paddy Clatke Ha Ha Ha is good too.

Shamrock Shoe (LocalGarda), Saturday, 10 August 2013 23:26 (seven years ago) link

Clarke not Clatke

Shamrock Shoe (LocalGarda), Saturday, 10 August 2013 23:26 (seven years ago) link

I loved all his books right up to "A star called henry", which gets a bit silly (slipping into brendan o'carroll territory) and it didnt interest me enough to check out the rest of the "last roundup" trilogy. The barrytown trilogy is good though and "the woman who walked into doors" is my favourite of his.

Old Boy In Network (Michael B), Wednesday, 14 August 2013 19:57 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

Can he fuck off with this 2 guys at the bar banter? The Prince one is the final straw for me now

i;m thinking about thos Beans (Michael B), Thursday, 21 April 2016 21:05 (four years ago) link

ha was the one about tintin and the Brussels bombings not nadir enough for ye?

-_- (jim in glasgow), Thursday, 21 April 2016 21:22 (four years ago) link

I tend to not read them tbh

i;m thinking about thos Beans (Michael B), Thursday, 21 April 2016 21:54 (four years ago) link

good plan. it only came to my attention due to some minor internet furor

-_- (jim in glasgow), Thursday, 21 April 2016 22:00 (four years ago) link

Had an awful accusation thrown at me this week by an ilxor along these lines

Daithi Bowsie (darraghmac), Thursday, 21 April 2016 22:43 (four years ago) link

haha

-_- (jim in glasgow), Thursday, 21 April 2016 22:54 (four years ago) link

a terrible man for the earthy, homespun repartee altogether

-_- (jim in glasgow), Thursday, 21 April 2016 22:55 (four years ago) link

(written in jest)

-_- (jim in glasgow), Thursday, 21 April 2016 22:55 (four years ago) link

An awful man surely

Daithi Bowsie (darraghmac), Thursday, 21 April 2016 22:56 (four years ago) link

The barrystown stuff is good despite my post upthread but really I just love Colm meaney and yknow how Irish and 1990 it all was

Daithi Bowsie (darraghmac), Thursday, 21 April 2016 22:57 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Je Suis Tintin

i;m thinking about thos Beans (Michael B), Saturday, 7 May 2016 01:08 (four years ago) link

six months pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cya2JSqXUAQ91nr.jpg:large

Neptune Bingo (Michael B), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:51 (three years ago) link

this year just keeps getting worse

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:54 (three years ago) link

it does

identity politics rooted in tolkienism (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:12 (three years ago) link

remember 2015

identity politics rooted in tolkienism (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:12 (three years ago) link

yeah. great times.

identity politics rooted in tolkienism (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:12 (three years ago) link

didnt know how good we had it

identity politics rooted in tolkienism (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:13 (three years ago) link

we didnt. remember rickman in die hard

identity politics rooted in tolkienism (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:13 (three years ago) link

yeah. great

identity politics rooted in tolkienism (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:13 (three years ago) link

great

identity politics rooted in tolkienism (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:13 (three years ago) link

ah there's darragh, are you well in yourself this morning

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:16 (three years ago) link

yeah

identity politics rooted in tolkienism (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:16 (three years ago) link

two pints there oleg like a good man

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:16 (three years ago) link

isn't the multiculturalism great

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:16 (three years ago) link

stand by the assertion that colm meaney is owed the credit for everything tbh

identity politics rooted in tolkienism (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:17 (three years ago) link

for all of doyle. i read all the books aged about 12 and LOVED them, i also read trainspotting around that time and also loved it. i doubt i'd enjoy them as much now. i feel similarly with music i liked back then. makes me think a lot of "all-time great" populist stuff is actually just for 12-year-olds.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:22 (three years ago) link

meant to have a question mark to ask if your theory was that meaney gets cred for all of doyle?

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:23 (three years ago) link

most of it. say everything after 1992. and for anyone outside of corpo limits

identity politics rooted in tolkienism (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 13:18 (three years ago) link

I still reckon "A Star Called Henry" was his jump the shark moment.

Neptune Bingo (Michael B), Wednesday, 30 November 2016 11:22 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Anyone reading “Love?”

calstars, Saturday, 4 July 2020 19:59 (three months ago) link


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