Sometimes when nothing happened it was really getting ready to happen Irish Paddy rampages through Barrytown streets with like minded hooligans, playing cowboys, etching names in wet concrete, setting fires The gang are not bad boys, just restless When his parents argue, Paddy stays up all night to keep them safe Change always comes, not always for the better.
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha Sometimes when nothing happened it was really getting ready to happen Irish Paddy rampages through Barrytown streets with like minded hooligans playing cowboys etching names in wet concrete setting
I hate to be facetious about this, but it s TRUE I love to read good books as much as I love to discover which ones are actual impostors that is, which ones are overrated past the norm, books like On the Road, Catcher in the Rye, or anything by Ayn Rand Yuck Well, this one won the Booker, which I can only guess is a HUGE deal But I guess the year this book was published there were a few other, if any, contenders for the top prize.It s certainly not awful It s actually entertaining, readable, som [...]
I hate to think that I m susceptible to some merchandiser s power of suggestion, but as soon as hearts and Cupids give way to shamrocks and leprechauns typically Feb 15 , my thoughts often turn towards the Emerald Isle Of course, when the lovely lass I married accompanied me there last year to celebrate a round number anniversary, I can be forgiven for thinking about it even , right Beyond the history, scenery, culture, silver tongued locals and tasty libations, there s the draw of their proud l [...]
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha reminded me of another famous Irish novel, Patrick McCabe s The Butcher Boy Both are narrated by a young boys who grow up in Ireland during the 1960 s, and both make use of vernacular and local folklore The Butcher Boy was shortlisted for the Booker in 1992, and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha won it in 1993.But don t be dissuaded from reading Paddy Clarke by thinking that it s of the same both books are novels of childhood in the same country at roughly the same time, but achieve d [...]
A strikingly powerful portrait of a dysfunctional family and the boy acting as the glue holding it together, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha is a nostalgic Irish novel with many profound themes hidden beneath childish innocence.
Doyle, one of my favorite authors, nails the stream of consciousness of a young boy, Paddy Clarke of the title While not exactly spelled out, I think Paddy, our narrator, is about 8 when the book starts and 10 when it finishes He and his mate Kevin are the defacto leaders of a band of boys who rove a developing subdivision in late 1960 s Ireland, wreaking havoc on themselves and anyone who might be in their way I kept picturing the antics of my two younger brothers in our developing subdivision [...]
Se qualcuno, come me, pensasse che Paddy Clarke ah ah ah sia un libro divertente, grazie al quale sorridere e svagarsi dai problemi che ci rincorrono, come volevo fare io leggendolo, si sbaglia Paddy Clarke ah ah ah un libro molto triste, che rilascia sofferenza, una sofferenza che per noi adulti la peggiore, quella dei bambini a causa del comportamento degli adulti.Il libro racconta le avventure di una banda di ragazzini dublinesi negli anni 60, raccontata in prima persona da Paddy Clarke, prim [...]
A few weeks ago I was infuriated by Hideous Kinky, a novel purporting to be narrated by a five year old girl Linguistically all wrong, the story fell down due to these discrepancies Happily, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, told from the POV of a ten year old boy, is a masterclass of perception and imaginative writing This is a boy s voice speaking about the things within his frame of reference, staccato musings that centre on family and its comforts and agonies, the hierarchy of friends and school, and t [...]
Patrick Paddy Clarke is a 10 year old boy growing up in 1960s Ireland who has good and bad times with his friends, loves and hates his little brother and has no use for his baby sisters because they don t do anything worthwhile yet , tells lies to his friends and his teachers in order to gain their appreciation and respect, and who wants nothing than to understand and fix the problems that begin to erupt between his parents As an oldest child he feels it his position to protect his younger brot [...]
I m very glad I found Roddy Doyle Thanx Nick Hornby and Speaking to the Angels Cause Paddy Clarke HaHaHa is just like I like a book It reminds me a lot of Frank McCourt s Angela s Ashes, one of my favorite books One of the books I truly love They ve got in common than the comic style They re both about Irish childhoods Frankie McCourt s in the late 30s and early 40s Paddy Clarke s in the late 60s It is 1968 Paddy Clarke is 10 years old, breathless with discovery Writes Irish Times I love Paddy [...]
Rating An irritable 3 of fiveUgh.Books written in the voice of a child had best use that technique for a reasone child s perspective becomes wearing unless there is some very, very compelling narrative reason to make us follow a kid around without wanting to scream blue murder after a while.I don t find any such compelling reason in this book I don t find anything compelling at all in this book, as a matter of fact.Ireland sounds damned good and dreary, and I am rethinking my desire to visit I h [...]
If anyone can answer my question, I d love to know the answer Why is it that books written by Irish authors or told about the Irish seem to consistently focus on a drinking b abuse c poverty d dysfunction Is there joy in Ireland While reviews are primarily positive about this book, for many reasons, I simply reacted to the fact that it was yet another angst filled tale of an Irish child witnessing cruelty, and acting out with cruelty, harming those around him, including his younger sibling.It is [...]
This is one of the very few books I ve read twice, and the only one I liked even when reading it for the second time When I was reading Paula Spencer I was thinking that Roddy Doyle must have spent hours talking to women, or rather listening to them Reading Paddy Clarke made me think he must have spent hours listening to children I really appreciate books where child characters seem so real, because few people are willing to listen to what kids really have to say I love Roddy Doyle for the same [...]
It took me much longer than it should have to finish this slight, inconsequential novel It won the Booker in 1993, but it s a bit of a mystery why that was so I would have given the prize to Remembering Babylon by David Malouf, a much better and significant book in every way.Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha is written in the voice of Paddy, nine years old in the 1960s, watching The Man From UNCLE on TV and observing his parents marriage break up It s impressionistic, with paraphrasing Jung here, talking ab [...]
I ve read an embarrassingly large number of books, and I can tell you there isn t one out there that captures a childhood, or the perspective from a 10 year old child, better than this one.Not just any childhood, and certainly not any in 2014 in a middle class or affluent neighborhood, where the children can now be found indoors, and in silence, save the hum of their tv or computer.No, these are the childhoods that many of us, before, say 1985, experienced in our low and middle class neighborhoo [...]
Ma il tango un ballo che si balla in due Alla fine con quest affermazione Patrick Clarke, anni dieci, Paddy per gli amici, Roddy Doyle per i lettori, mi venuto in aiuto e mi ha fatto sentire meno in colpa.Sar che io non sono mai stata un bambino, piuttosto una piccola donna.Sar che i giochi di strada non li ho mai fatti.Sar che di Irlanda, alla fine, in questo romanzo ce n pochissima.Sar che io sono una seguace entusiasta di Agnes Browne e della dolce melanconironia di Brendan O Carroll anobii b [...]
This review was written in the late nineties just for myself , and it was buried in amongst my things until today, when I uncovered the journal it was written in I have transcribed it verbatim although square brackets indicate some additional information for readability from all those years ago It is one of my lost reviews.When I tell others about this novel I talk about Roddy Doyle s voice and how he captures the thought patterns of children so well I mention certain tales Patrick tells, like t [...]
How much the point of view changes with age I read the italian translation the year it was published, and I loved it Moreover, it was a present from a friend of mine and I also loved the time and effort she put into looking for a book that could meet my taste.23 years later oh my god I really want to give Paddy and his gang a good spanking I don t think it is just me, though a lot of things he could have got away with in 1993 fall today under the category of bullying But when you realized there [...]
La risata del titolo una risata forzata, costruita, innaturale, quella di un bambino che ama inventare le cose perch arrivare in fondo alla bugia senza contraddizioni vincere una sfida con s stessi, un bambino che in mezzo alla sua cricca d amici deve ridere pi forte degli altri, ed accertarsi che gli altri lo stiano guardando, si stiano accorgendo della sua voce, stiano riconoscendo il suo sforzo di farsi notare La risata del titolo solo una forma, una posa, una maschera Qualcosa che Paddy inse [...]
Like Doyle, I am from Dublin born and bred, as the say but there is a generation gap between us of than 20 years Still, this book is so reminiscent of my own childhood it beggars belief.There was even a boy in my class at school who had a fancy for drinking ink from biros as opposed to inkwells with the same name as young Paddy s offending classmate James O Keeffe.Happy coincidences aside, this book has a captivating sense of place which puts the reader in the middle of one of many new housing [...]
This book won the 1993 Booker Prize I tend to love Irish authors and books like this one, in which I can hear the brogue in the dialog This book did a wonderful job of putting the reader in the reality of boys ages 8 to 10 and their relationships The reader is fully immersed in their neighborhood and given a strong sense of place throughout the novel The reader gets insight into the bullying even toward beloved pals and siblings , petty crimes, and other stunts pulled by the main characters even [...]
Irish writers will break your heart Not in a sweet, tender or bitter way The effect is much brutal for its ordinariness and inevitability I am also thinking of Colm Toibin s Brooklyn here, I guess They lure you in with the quick and often hilarious wit of their protagonists, and Roddy Doyle s Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha is delivered with a lilting melody of local terms and accents that pick you up and carry you along at a cracking and often rhythmic pace And then, when you least expect it, even thoug [...]
3,5 not .
This was okay I haven t been feeling well lately, and every time I neared the end 95%, 98% I fell asleep on myself, but finally I ve finished Now, if you look back on my progress, I took roughly a million years to complete this an entire month And it wasn t because of all the school work and stuff, cause I got that done I just feel overwhelmingly lazy and disenchanted with reading right now I think It s not length or anything, it s just me REVIEW STARTS HERE Starting the book was great, I was im [...]
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, the 1993 Booker Prize Winner, is no Ha Ha Ha story even though there is no lack of Ha Ha Ha moments, as you cannot help but be entertained by the antics of a bunch of 10 year old boys Roddy Doyle brilliantly captured the psychology of children and created a credible world of childhood play and dialogue that rang true and real Paddy and his little brother, Sinbad, spent their school day enduring the tyranny of less than inspiring teachers who could all but kill them The nee [...]
I would have given this book zero quite happily Was forced to read this for my two GCSE years and hated every second For some reason the author expects us to like the lead character who likes doing nothing than bullying and physically torturing his friends and brother The language is basic which is supposed to reflect the child narrator but was actually just incredibly irritating Despite having missed reading several chunks of the book I recieved an A in my GCSE indicating just how predictable [...]
Few books successfully capture the experience of a child, fewer still manage to both capture the perspective of a child with a thorough comment on adult issues In Paddy Clarke Doyle comments on religion, politics, Ireland, family dynamics and probably stuff I didn t pick up on The story is light hearted in prose, but deep in content which creates a somewhat awkward but fulfilling story A good length too, leaving one satiated without gagging for or bored throughout
One of the most compelling novels I have ever read Certainly no other book I ve seen captures the voice of a child narrator so faithfully, and so strikingly The book doesn t censor the ugly realities of childhood, and it doesn t shade over the innocence of Patrick, a young boy at the same time cruel and sweet, in a world much bigger than him and with life happening while he comprehends almost nothing.
Started this for a book speed date and wasn t gripped 50 pages in Will donate to local literacy sale.
Roddy Doyle es un maestro para mostrar la salvaje cotidianidad de la gente com n irlandesa, diciendo mucho con situaciones sutiles y corrientes, donde la ternura conviven con la crueldad, mostrando que as es la vida.
Patrick Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle is an unusual, highly original account of life in a Northern Ireland Catholic household Written from the point of view of Paddy, the eldest son, aged ten, of the Clarke family, it draws the reader through a particular experience of childhood.There is a child s wonder at the new There are strange facts about the world to be unearthed and challenges to face like a man But when you are ten, there is also always the rock of parents, ma and pa, ma and da, mum an [...]