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Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Boy succumbs to his culture

    Paddy Clarke is just trying to grow up, not make too much trouble at school, have fun, keep it all together and survive. Told in the first person, the narrative gets into the head of the ten-year old and I frequently found myself laughing out loud. But the story is also sad because in the end the bad joke's on Paddy Clarke, ha ha ha. Booker award winner.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Irish boy forced to grow up

    Written entirely from the perspective of an 11-year-old, Paddy Clark gets into his fair share of boyhood scrapes. A reminder of how kids used to roam around free getting into adventures and developing a sense of how friendships work. Paddy is forced to mature when his parents have marital problems, which Paddy thinks he can fix, but cannot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2005


    Doyle's ability to tap into his youth (not saying this is a memoir) is amazing. An adult was able to narrate through a 10-year-old's voice--incredible writing. Probably the only book I've ever written w/o chapters but this was an easy read, I loved the changes in stories. There is an understated resolution at the end even though this doesn't contain the traditional plot-line. Not your standard novel, but that's not a reason to avoid reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2003

    Poignant tale well told

    Great work by Roddy Doyle, sensitive, capturing the spirit through the narrative. He has managed to almost walk the reader through the boy's mind, one cant but help 'experience' the journey...superb!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2002

    its good

    this is an honeslty heartfelt, painfully truthful, tear jerkingly insight into an innocnet boys life as a ten year old.

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    Posted December 25, 2009

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