Overview

In Vintage Living Texts, teachers, students and any lover of literature will find the essential guide to the major works of Roddy Doyle. Also included is an exclusive in-depth interview with Roddy Doyle relating specifically to the novels under discussion.

Roddy Doyle's themes, genre and narrative techniques are put under scrutiny and the emphasis is on providing a rich source of ideas for intelligent and inventive ways of approaching the novels. Amongst many other features ...

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Roddy Doyle: The Essential Guide

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Overview

In Vintage Living Texts, teachers, students and any lover of literature will find the essential guide to the major works of Roddy Doyle. Also included is an exclusive in-depth interview with Roddy Doyle relating specifically to the novels under discussion.

Roddy Doyle's themes, genre and narrative techniques are put under scrutiny and the emphasis is on providing a rich source of ideas for intelligent and inventive ways of approaching the novels. Amongst many other features you'll find inspirational reading plans and contextual material, suggested complementary and comparative reading and an indispensable glossary.

Featuring the texts: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, The Van and A Star Called Henry.



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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This reading guide is part of the "Living Texts" series, which also includes volumes on Martin Amis, Toni Morrison, and Salman Rushdie. In addition to sections containing reading activities related to Doyle's The Barrytown Trilogy, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, and The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, it includes a brief, genial interview with the author himself, selected extracts from critical writings on Doyle's work, a short biographical outline, a select bibliography, and a glossary of literary terms. Notably absent is a section on Doyle's last novel, A Star Called Henry. The series preface states, "Students will find that these guides are like a good teacher." While that's unlikely, this title's low list price may appeal to high school students, low-level undergraduates, and reading groups. For libraries, on the other hand, this is strictly an optional purchase.-William D. Walsh, Georgia State Univ., Atlanta Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This book focuses on the Irish author perhaps best known for his novel The Commitments; its main purpose is to serve as an interactive reading guide. Each chapter highlights one novel, guiding readers with questions about themes, characters, and style. Although scant biographical information is included, the short interview with Doyle sheds much light on his style and themes. This title may be too detailed for average students looking for quick information, but those in AP classes might find it quite useful.-Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781448139156
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/31/2012
  • Series: Vintage Living Texts, #10
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 286 KB

Meet the Author

The Series Editors of Vintage Living Texts have, between them, more than thirty years teaching experience at senior school and undergraduate level.

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Table of Contents

Vintage Living Texts: Preface
About this series 1
Content 1
How to use this series 2
Who are these books for? 3
Roddy Doyle
Introduction 5
Interview with Roddy Doyle 13
Vintage Living Texts
The Barrytown Trilogy
Reading guides for The Commitments 39
Reading activities: detailed analysis 41
Reading guides for The Snapper 57
Reading activities: detailed analysis 59
Reading guides for The Van 79
Reading activities: detailed analysis 81
Contexts, comparisons and complementary readings 97
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
Reading guides 111
Reading activities: detailed analysis 113
Contexts, comparisons and complementary readings 149
The Woman Who Walked Into Doors
Reading guides 163
Reading activities: detailed analysis 165
Contexts, comparisons and complementary readings 197
Vintage Living Texts: Reference
Selected extracts from critical writings 209
Glossary of literary terms 217
Biographical outline 221
Select bibliography 223
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