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The Van
     

The Van

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by Roddy Doyle
 

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Roddy Doyle’s acclaimed Booker Prize-nominated novel, “a darker portrayal of midlife crisis and an expansively farcical chain of misadventures” (The New York Times Book Review)
 
Jimmy Rabitte, Sr., is unemployed, spending his days alone and miserable. When his best friend, Bimbo, also gets laid off, they keep busy by being

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Roddy Doyle’s acclaimed Booker Prize-nominated novel, “a darker portrayal of midlife crisis and an expansively farcical chain of misadventures” (The New York Times Book Review)
 
Jimmy Rabitte, Sr., is unemployed, spending his days alone and miserable. When his best friend, Bimbo, also gets laid off, they keep busy by being miserable together. Things seem to look up when they buy a decrepit fish-and-chips van and go into business, selling cheap grub to the drunk and the hungry—and keeping one step ahead of the environmental health officers.

Set during the heady days of Ireland’s brief, euphoric triumphs in the 1990 World Cup, The Van is a tender and hilarious tale of male friendship and family life.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The final novel of a trilogy about the working-class Rabbitte family of Dublin (following The Commitments and The Snapper ), shortlisted for last year's Booker Prize, demonstrates a brash originality and humor that are both uniquely Irish and shrewdly universal. Jimmy Rabbitte Sr. is without a job or a raison d'etre. Then his pal Bimbo gets sacked from his bakery job and the two use Bimbo's unemployment money to buy a ramshackle fish-and-chips van. In hilarious scenes that recall the hot-dog-wagon disaster in John Kennedy Toole's Confederacy of Dunces , Jimmy and Bimbo prove as determined as they are inept at making a go of their business (the vivid descriptions of unhygienically fried chips and grilled sausages could keep readers away from street food for quite a long time). In Jimmy, a likable fellow who tries to do right by his colorful and uncontrollable brood, Doyle has created an authentic hero of modern-day Ireland. That the author, a 33-year-old Dubliner, is also a vastly successful playwright will astonish no one who has read his superb dialogue. Tremendous good fun, devoid of pretension, this novel invites comparison with the best of 20th-century Irish literature. Readers who missed The Snapper first time around can find it in a forthcoming Penguin paperback. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
   • "A wonderfully funny book, that crackles and spits like fat in the fryer. It is also very touching... fine entertainment." —Daily Telegraph 

   • "The last novel of his superb triology about the Rabbitte family of North Dublin... often hilarious, always enthralling and — this really is the case — unputdownable." —Sunday Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440625350
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/1993
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,236,483
File size:
261 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Fay Weldon
There was Joyce's Dublin and now there's Roddy Doyle's: wholly contemporary, extremely funny, and wonderfully and energetically delinquent. Irresistible to the modern spirit.

Meet the Author

RODDY DOYLE was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of nine acclaimed novels including The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van, two collections of short stories, Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents, and most recently, Two Pints, a collection of dialogues. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. The Commitments was adapted into a hit film in the 1990s and is now a West End show.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been reading the Van with some pleasure lately. Its a very relaxing read and has some cultural antecdotes that are very enjoyable. Very earthy real characters. The book is really great for this class of reading.