È il 1968. Paddy Clarke ha dieci anni. Gioca a calcio e gli piace moltissimo accendere fuochi. Il suo migliore amico è Kevin. Insieme costruiscono capanne e suonano i campanelli per scherzo. Paddy vorrebbe capire perché, per essere amici di qualcuno, bisogna anche odiare qualcun altro. Vorrebbe che papà e mamma la smettessero di litigare… È confuso: vede tutto, ma capisce sempre meno… Paddy Clarke ah ah ah! descrive il mondo con gli occhi e nel linguaggio inventivo e illuminante di un bambino, che lo osserva con rabbia e con dolore, ma anche con incantevole humour, l’espressione forse più bella della sua umanità, della sua capacità d’amare.
- ISBN: 8823515076
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 288
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 ones are actual impostors—that is, which ones are overrated past the norm, books like “On the Road,” “Catcher in the Rye,” or anything by Ayn Rand. Yuck. Well, this one won the Booker, whi Leggi tutto
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 ce Leggi tutto
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 w Leggi tutto
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 Leggi tutto
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 quite a stream of consciousness, either. It’s kind of a Leggi tutto
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 always had a feeling that I wouldn't enjoy it that much. So let us start with the positives. Doyle's ability to inhabit the mindset of a boy who is ten at the end of the book is Leggi tutto
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 one. Not just any childhood, and certainly not any in 2014 in a middle-class or affluent neighborhood, where the children can now be found i Leggi tutto
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.
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 more than I do.
Booker Prize Winner Paddy Clarke HA HA HA by Roddy Doyle was a bit disappointing, as I expected so much more. Doyle is the author of books such as The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van. In fact, The Van is one of the funniest books I’ve read. Expectations were high with this story of life in Barry Leggi tutto
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