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When nothing happened it was really getting ready to happen Paddy Clarke senses that his world is about to change forever and not necessarily for the better When he realizes that his parents' marriage is falling apart Paddy stays up all night listening half believing that his vigil will ward off further fighting It doesn't work but it is sweet and sad that he believes it might Paddy's logic may be fuzzy but his heart is in the right place Jill Maru. I ve read a lot 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 oneNot 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 computerThis is a childhood set in Ireland but these are the childhoods that many of us before say 1985 experienced in our own lower and middle class neighborhoods The childhoods where the parents had little involvement the kids were a grubby rude bunch and trouble could be drummed up on a dimeThis was before schools banned teachers and administrators from hitting you on the hands and heads and promoted any such thing as an anti bullying policyAnd even if in many ways you can argue we ve become too soft or our children are over monitored this book is a great argument as to why things changed Needed to changeBut author Roddy Doyle isn t preaching about social change he s just telling a story Ten year old Paddy Clarke s story It s a meaningful read despite many stops and starts and a middle that sagged and if you need uotation marks to distinguish dialogue you won t find any hereDoyle nails it though he nails our meanness The meanness that trickles down from our parents teachers administrators and adult neighbors to our kids who then become mean to their siblings friends and neighborhood dogsMy stomach hurt through many of these stream of consciousness passages of bullying and taunting and I was sure an innocent animal would die at the hands of these brats at some pointDoyle does a brilliant job of maintaining Voice and staying true to Paddy Clarke s world

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Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

In Roddy Doyle's Booker Prize winning novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha an Irish lad named Paddy rampages through the streets of Barrytown with a pack of like minded hooligans playing cowboys and Indians etching their names in wet concrete and setting fires Roddy Doyle has captured the sensations and speech patterns of preadolescents with consummate skill and managed to do so without resorting to sentimentality Paddy Clarke and his friends are not bad bo. 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 prizeIt s certainly not awful It s actually entertaining readable sometimes funny There is true mastery of the language here an even flow The tone is tolerable than say Emma Donoghue s Room which is also about a child growing up But although I am not at all a fan of the almighty Huck Finn I must say that this one does not possess that wackiness there is some unconscious logic to Twain s tale at the very least This is a chapterless novel a pretty ordinary account of a pretty ordinary boy What is the main motor that keeps the prose congruent that makes the entire novel work The fact that Patrick s parents fight That s all They keep it private they try to keep the kids out of it yet this still registers within Paddy he s human alright just not a remarkable oneIndeed Bookers are bestowed upon like the Pulitzers here in the US to novels that exemplify the experience of being European American for a Pulitzer This hits several targets to become a well loved book but it still remains a coming of age story of an Irish imp a precocious slightly evil ten year old boy Who do we side with in this account of playground cruelty cute impressions With the bully The victim In this case I would say neitherApathy is the worst type of feeling a book can give its reader

review Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Ys; they're just a little bit restless They're always taking sides bullying each other and secretly wishing they didn't have to All they want is for something anything to happen Throughout the novel Paddy teeters on the nervous verge of adolescence In one scene Paddy tries to make his little brother's hot water bottle explode but gives up after stomping on it just one time I jumped on Sinbad's bottle Nothing happened I didn't do it again Sometimes. This was much better than I had expected based on other reviews and I think expectation is everything with this novel It s not really a story with a plot and the characters experience little in the way of change or development And it s not uite a stream of consciousness either It s kind of a mix of impressions and dialogue the world seen through the mind of its young protagonist The experience reminded me a bit of Gaddis s JR and I think the best way to read this kind of impressionistic narrative is uickly and loosely without giving too much attention to keeping track of the characters just sort of letting the thing wash over youThe way Doyle captures the spirit of childhood is spot on and through its seuence of vignettes the novel paints a vivid picture of Ireland somewhere around the middle of last Century The narrative voice feels authentic and avoids many of the common cliches and tropes of child narrators like false innocence or using the child to emotionally manipulate the reader It is an intelligent perspective There is a kind of raw humanity at play in these children untempered by the refinements of adulthood They are sharp ruthless and amoral They children have an expectation of order and certainty in the adult world which is challenged as those around them fall prey to weakness and failure Between the lines of happy play we can see the repression the frustration and the violence of the child s world elements which are paralleled in the adult word which is eually beset though perhaps in complex and insoluble ways There is a sense of the cyclical nature of these problems the ways they inevitably propagate from one generation to the next But there is also the small hope that comes in recognising these failings and striving in oneself to do a little better My copy of the novel which I purchased second hand has the following written in the title page Darling TimmieMy third Christmas with you word omitted is as lovely as the firstthankyou for making my 1993 so special I lookforward to an even betteryear for youloveme xoxIt s fascinating to come across these kinds of notes in second hand books I wonder where did these people live and what was their relationship It s too intimate to be just a friend and the third Christmas statement doesn t make sense in a family context So they must have been in a close relationship of some sort Did it work out between them Were they happy together and did it last The note is now a uarter of a century old and a lot can happen in that time I wonder about their story How did this book become a small part of their lives for a period of time what changes did their lives undergo and what were the circumstances that caused the book to be given away or sold for it to eventually make its way into the charity shop where I noticed it and bought it for a dollar and placed it on my bookshelf for two years before finally reading it and writing this review I wonder what will be the rest of this book s story


10 thoughts on “Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

  1. says:

    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”

  2. says:

    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 cul

  3. says:

    I was first introduced to Roddy Doyle’s stories when I went to see the movie based on his book The Commitments and then later on read his bo

  4. says:

    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 Butch

  5. says:

    This was much better than I had expected based on other reviews and I think expectation is everything with this no

  6. says:

    I am now into my final three Booker winners and this one left me somewhat in two minds I had never read Doyle before and always had

  7. says:

    Roddy Doyle is a wonderful comic writer The Commitments and The Snapper are both Recommended but this one is off the scale irritating

  8. says:

    I've read a lot 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

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    Booker Prize Winner Paddy Clarke HA HA HA by Roddy Doyle was a bit disappointing as I expected so much Doyle is the author of books such as The Commitments The Snapper and The Van In fact The Van is one of the funniest books I’ve readExpectations were high with this story of life in Barrytown Dublin sometime

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