A Barrytown, un quartiere popolare di Dublino, un gruppo di ragazzi decide di fondare una band di soul e rythm & blues ispirandosi ai grandi protagonisti del genere, da James Brown a Otis Redding. Si chiamano «Commitments» per esprimere un impegno radicale, senza mezzi termini. Ci sono Jimmy Rabbitte, il manager del gruppo; Joey The Lips, il mitico trombettista che ha suonato con tutti quelli che contano; Deco, il cantante dalla voce potente e il carattere impossibile e le tre coriste più sexy di tutta la città. La loro sarà una vicenda di successi e disastri, amicizie e litigi, amori imprevisti e abbandoni clamorosi. Ma sono soprattutto lo humour e il linguaggio brillante a segnare questo romanzo che è stato il leggendario esordio di Roddy Doyle, e che ha visto nascere la verissima ma del tutto inventata Barrytown, teatro anche degli altri romanzi che completano la trilogia: Bella famiglia! e Due sulla strada.
- ISBN: 8823520479
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 176
I was going to attempt to write this review in the working class Dublin slang that Roddy Doyle’s colourful characters use, but, ya know, Jaysis, I’d come o’ looking like a fuckin’ eejit. I’m one of the few people on the planet who’s never seen the Alan Parker movie, and when I was in London last fall Leggi tutto
Have you got Soul? If yes, The World's Hardest Working Band is looking for you. Contact J. Rabbitte, 118, Chestnut Ave., Dublin 21. Rednecks and southsiders need not apply. I don't think I ever recommended before seeing a movie before reading the book it was based on, but in the case of Roddy Doyle
A short, sweet tale of the birth and short life of an Irish soul band, full of humor and exhilaration. It feels like that sense of delicious surprise at being able to skate on thin ice. Young Jimmy Rabbitte, unemployed resident of a fictional working class neighborhood of Dublin, Barrytown, gets the Leggi tutto
Back in the day (I always wanted to use that in one of my reviews) my buddies and I from the old neighborhood had a dream. Besides wanting to be starting shortstops for our favorite baseball teams (Red Sox for me) we wanted to reach fame and fortune through music. There was only one hitch: none of u Leggi tutto
I read Doyle's The Woman Who Walked Into Doors a few weeks ago and found it both a harrowing account of one woman's life, as well as a subversive insight to suburban Irish culture. I was expecting more of the same with his other writing and was, sadly, a little disappointed. The novel follows the fo Leggi tutto
This is a very early novel by one of my favorite Irish authors, Roddy Doyle. It is part of his focus on contemporary Dublin life. It is bawdy, funny, touching, profane, surprising and thought-provoking. Doyle’s writing style pulls you into a Dublin pub and doesn’t make it easy for you to sort things Leggi tutto
I went into this book knowing nothing about it, not having seen the movie, certainly not having seen the musical and not being familiar with the Irish institution that is Roddy Doyle. Initially I thought there was a mistake and I somehow obtained the screenplay for the film rather than the novel. Doy Leggi tutto
In the grim north side of Dublin Jimmy decides to put together a band to play soul music from the 60s. His mates think he's mental. They say, But that kind of stuff is sung by... black people. Ain't it? And we're just scummy white kids, ain't we? But Jimmy has a reply to that : Do you not get it, lad Leggi tutto
WhhWooo Wooo......NIGHT TRAIN ! --->La Band piu' Proletaria del Mondo , i Salvatori del Soul...Sì,Sì,Sì...I Commitments!! Da leggere con Mr Dynamite in sottofondo (da rispolverare "Live at Apollo ") 3 stelline e mezzo,ma ne ho date 4 perché mi ha fatto tornare in mente l'emozione forte di un concerto Leggi tutto
I've been meaning to read this book since I fell in love with the film many, many moons ago and I have to say I wish I hadn't waited so long. This is an absolute joy of a book; it's so funny and it just lives and breathes. Doyle really makes the reader feel like they're actually there with the chara Leggi tutto
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