Roddy Doyle - Paddy Clarke HA HA HA (2nd Hand Paperback)
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Good (Stubborn but complete sticker on back cover, otherwise Very Good)
- Category : Fiction - Humourous Fiction
- Published : 1993 (This edition 2010 - Vantage Classics)
- ISBN : 9780749397357
- SKU : SHB000039
- PPC : LL250
- Quantity Available : 1
Roddy Doyle's Booker Prize-winning novel describes the world of ten-year-old Paddy Clarke, growing up in Barrytown, north Dublin. From fun and adventure on the streets, boredom in the classroom to increasing isolation at home, "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" is the story of a boy who sees everything but understands less and less.
The book follows little Paddy Clarke as he reflects on life. He is a kid and so the story jumps for serious to trivial in the space of a paragraph. He is a smart kid though so you end up laughing out loud constantly at the scrapes he gets into. I was once a little boy and the unflinching cruelty that their ignorance can bring out is captured superbly by Doyle. This is no sentimentalising of childhood. Clarke is a little brat at times.
As the novel progresses we get to see a child's eye view of the breakup of a marriage and the effect that this has on the world the protagonist lives in. It is done with real expertise. I have read some reviews that had difficulty with the plot-less-ness of the book, but for me Paddy is the subject. He is a boy who is telling us how things are. Of course he won't be able to impose a plot on events.
Its a typically witty, warm and insightful read from Doyle's Barrytown days. You'll love it.
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