Grandi amici fin dall’adolescenza, Davy e Joe hanno ormai quasi sessant’anni e si vedono di rado. Le loro vite hanno preso strade diverse, letteralmente: Davy infatti vive in Inghilterra da molto tempo e torna a Dublino solo per far visita all’anziano padre, mentre Joe è rimasto nella sua città d’origine. Ma questa sera il loro incontro ha un sapore particolare, e insieme alla birra scorrono ricordi e segreti mai confessati... Davy ha ritrovato Jessica, la «ragazza con il violoncello» di cui i due amici poco più che ventenni si erano invaghiti, e per lei ha lasciato la famiglia. Pinta dopo pinta, pub dopo pub, nel corso di una lunga conversazione in cui il passato si intreccia al presente, anche Joe si confida: l’amore per sua moglie Faye, così disinibita e ribelle, ha suscitato nel padre, che per il figlio avrebbe voluto un altro destino, una sottile ma costante disapprovazione; quel padre che forse, ora, lascerà molte domande senza risposta… Questa serata segnerà la fine dell’amicizia di Davy e Joe? O sarà l’occasione per parlare sinceramente del loro rapporto, di quello che è stato, di quello che può ancora essere? Con una straordinaria abilità narrativa e una capacità unica di coinvolgere il lettore, Roddy Doyle riesce a raccontare con ironia e commozione anche le pieghe più recondite e buie dell’esistenza. E a celebrare l’amore in tutte le sue forme, anche quelle che non credevamo potessero esistere.
- ISBN: 8823526094
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 352
Roddy Doyle explores the nature of the myriad forms of love through the lens of a friendship between two men, Joe and Davy, past middle age, who have known each other since childhood in this novel that could successfully serve as a script for a play. The narrative is dialogue heavy as the two men me Leggi tutto
This dialogue-based novel centers on two sixty-ish men, Davy and Joe, who have been friends since their youth in Dublin. The whole story in encapsulated in a pub crawl and unfolds over the conversation the two are having one night while gradually becoming more and more intoxicated: Davy now lives in Leggi tutto
Only Roddy Doyle (or Flann O’Brien in his day) could make an engrossing tale out of two mates on a pub crawl around Dublin, reliving their youth and love lives. Written almost entirely in dialogue, the hilarious (and very bawdy) banter between the two men keeps the reader engaged, even as they becom Leggi tutto
Several years ago an author I respect told a hilarious story about spending a year in Ireland, writing a novel there, then hiding it away so that it "never would see light of day." His reasoning was that he felt he lacked the mastery of the rhythm of the brogue, so essential to any story based in Ir Leggi tutto
If I am interpreting his intentions correctly, I can appreciate what Roddy Doyle has done here. The structure of the book is perfect. The evening the two men spend drinking, catching up with each other’s lives and reminiscing about their early friendship, slowly descends into near incoherence and th Leggi tutto
The good parts are really great - maybe a little longer than I would have liked. Full review nearer publication
I’m sorry to say that I gave up on Love around half way through. I like much of Roddy Doyle’s work and thought Smile was very good, but I couldn’t be doing with this one. Love consists of two old friends meeting after a longish break and getting slowly drunker and drunker as they catch up on their li Leggi tutto
Two Irishmen walked into a pub… That might sound like the beginning of an unfunny joke, but it is actually the premise of Roddy Doyle’s latest novel - “Love”. Davy and Joe were drinking buddies in their youth. They are now close to sixty, and Davy has lived in England for more than three decades. How Leggi tutto
As a fan of previous fiction by Roddy Doyle I was expecting Love to be full of the humour and sharp wit that is his trademark. Without a doubt this book has wit and "crac" in every page but the story (is there one?) is impossible to follow. Joe and Davy two old childhood friends meet up for a drinki Leggi tutto
A wise man once told me that you'll never meet anybody worth knowing in a pub and that thought echoed in my mind as I attempted to drag myself through Roddy Doyle's latest book 'Love'. I received a free ARC ebook from Netgalley in return for an honest review. I hope they won't think it's TOO honest. Leggi tutto
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