Due amici si incontrano regolarmente in un pub di Dublino per condividere la tradizionale, consolatoria pinta di birra, e commentare con disincantata ironia le novità del giorno: la riconferma di Obama, le Olimpiadi di Londra, la storica visita della regina in Irlanda. Ma non mancano le incursioni nel privato, le mogli, i nipoti, in particolare il piccolo Damien con il suo amore smodato per gli animali, che lo porta ad adottare prima una iena e poi un orso polare. I due non sono affatto dei provinciali: si preoccupano del debito della Grecia, o delle mosse degli investitori internazionali (chiunque essi siano o chiunque credano di essere), ammirano le gesta di un tal Francesco Schettino e si interrogano sulle cause reali delle dimissioni di Berlusconi, o sulla fuga del colonnello Gheddafi (che uno dei due è convinto di aver visto al Terminal 2 dell’aeroporto, travestito da addetto alle pulizie), piangono la morte di star come Whitney Houston e Robin Gibb, si esaltano per le gesta dei loro idoli del calcio (salvo poi temere che la passione per Fernando Torres o Andrij Ševcenko possa essere segno di scarsa mascolinità). E fanno pace con se stessi quando finalmente scoprono una ragione valida per ricominciare a odiare gli inglesi.
- ISBN: 8823504066
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 154
There is a lot to be said for having one really good friend and, on a regular basis, sitting stool-by-stool, and sharing the events of the day. Ah, I once had such a routine. A running dialogue where you don't have to explain obscure references and where your mate can reliably finish your sentence.
- So I read this book called Two Pints by Roddy Doyle. - Doyle, sounds Irish. - He is, won a book prize back in the `90s for a novel. - Two Pints is fiction then. - Yes and no. - Oo, sounds arty! - It's two ordinary old Irish fellas in a Dublin pub, shooting the breeze about what's in the news, and it's a Leggi tutto
Fuckin' brilliant. This hilarious slim book started life as a series of Facebook posts. Doyle wanted to figure out how to use FB so he played around with creating posts as if they were daily conversations between a couple of buddies in a pub. The book is written entirely as dialogue. It's coarse, it' Leggi tutto
The events in 2011/12 across the globe as seen by two middle-age guys over a pint (or 2, 3, 4…) of beer in a bar. No limits to the range of their topics, from the events in Lybia to disco stars or the London Olympics. Even if not familiar with some events or personalities, it’s funny all the way. Th Leggi tutto
I read the ebook version of this, and it might just be one of those rare books I buy a hard copy of just to have it on my shelf to lend to the right person. I laughed so hard during parts of this -- what a perfect way to start off my 2013 reading. I know these two guys in a pub -- I know them as Sco Leggi tutto
Two men sitting in an Irish pub and just jawing away. One of the most entertaining. irreverent, politically incorrect novels I have read this year and I loved it. Can't remember the last time I laughed out loud, while I was cataloging this at work I was reading it out loud to my co=workers. There ar Leggi tutto
Very, very funny. I imagine this would be even better as an audio book. It has been turned into a play, too, I gather. I hope they put it on TV, because I can see it working very well in that format. A swift read with many genuine laugh out loud moments. Recommended.
Written in 2011 & 2012. Format: conversation between two friends at a pub while having a pint. Great craic. Funny stuff. Much funnier than a lot of the other “supposedly rip-roaringly” funny stuff I’ve read recently.
#ReadIreland18 It took me 1,5 hrs and 2 Heinekens to read this play. Two Irish barflys...just shootin' the breeze. I haven't laughed this much in years! The last chapter 25-6-14 was on of the best ...but all the chapters are terrific! "Yeh have to admire Suarez, all the same. -Go on -- why? -Well, if yeh we Leggi tutto
Roddy Doyle, one of my favourite Irish authors, never ever lets me down when it comes to humour. With his sharp wit, skilful writing and keen observations, he always manages to create many laugh out loud moments in his books. His latest book, Two Pints, does not disappoint. Two Pints most certainly
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