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Review 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 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 literary tradition Roddy Doyle has done his part to continue this Many here know him from his book The Commitments the first in the Barrytown Trilogy and the basis for a fookin brilliant film Well PCHHH is no slouch either It won a Booker in 1993 Both Doyle and his protagonist are exactly my age It was interesting to me to see the similarities and differences that a ten year old Dublin lad would experience in 1968 I could relate to the joys of transistor radios and The Man from UNCLE for instance and generally to that emerging awareness of a complicated world The horseplay among boys that age was another commonality When or where has that not been the case Even so the extremes to which Paddy and his mates took it would have been ruled out of bounds most places For instance I m pretty sure I never tried to set my brother s lips on fire with lighter fluid or hobble anyone from the wrong side of the tracks The overall feel of it was like Ralphie from A Christmas Story had he been speaking about his miserable Irish childhood a la Angela s Ashes though perhaps slightly drier with the Maruis de Sade as technical advisorOne aspect of the book that was both similar and different was the emphasis on sports While stateside the obsessions involved baseball football the oblong American kind and basketball over there it was just football the round rest of the world kind George Best was the flashy Irish superstar at Manchester United who was Joe Namath Mickey Mantle and Dr J all wrapped into one In their play acting matches there was fierce competition for who got to be him Paddy s little brother Francis aka Sinbad opted out of that role preferring to be one of the less celebrated players I figured it said a lot about the brother relationship that Paddy always worked every advantage to appear the dominant star whereas Sinbad was happy to play an ancillary role creatively feeding the ball to the scorers ending up responsible for the results even if less recognized The fact that Paddy acknowledged Sinbad s sacrifice and cleverness was meaningful since we saw only the antagonism prior to that point George Best also featured in another story when Paddy s da bought him a cherished copy of Best s book autographed by the man himself Or was itPaddy s vignettes did not constitute a plot per se They were closer to stream of consciousness though a post Joycean variety where obfuscation was less of a goal Plus they built towards something of a climax an affecting realization The convergence of Paddy s growing maturity and empathy levels with his mum s tears and his da s sullen demeanor made him view Sinbad and his parents in a new way but begorra I shan t say Sl inte Paddy Sl inte Sinbad Your creator made me care That s something worthy of a toast in a St Patrick s Day tribute isn t it

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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

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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. 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 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

  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 lov

  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 book The Guts which follows the characters in The Commitments and then following that several years later read The Star Dogs Beyond the Stars a short book written for younger readers about the Soviet space dogs This story takes place in Barrytown Dublin but the antics of these youn

  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 Butcher Boy was shortlisted for the Booker in 1992 and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha won it in

  5. says:

    This was much better than I had expected based on other reviews and I think expectation is everything with this novel It's

  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 alw

  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 People who finish it and even actually like it clearly love kids way than I do

  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 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 b

  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