Dublino, primi del '900. Madre religiosa e praticante, padre molto meno (è il buttafuori di un casino e di tanto in tanto ammazza gente per conto di terzi), Henry Smart cresce in fretta. Appena comincia a camminare va già in giro a rubare e a mendicare. Diventerà un killer della causa irlandese, ma la sua storia non si esaurisce qui; Henry è un personaggio amato dalle donne e la sua iniziazione sentimentale e sessuale non è meno avventurosa della vicenda politica. Oltre alla storia di un uomo, questo è anche il grande "romanzo di una città", Dublino, illuminata in ogni suo segreto.
- ISBN: 8882461815
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 434
- Data di uscita: 21-01-2000
july marks 100 years since the end of the irish war of independence, so a perfect time to do a reread. i first read this back in 2013, years before i moved to dublin. i loved the story then, but it resonated with me much more this time around, now that i have personally walked where the characters w Leggi tutto
Grand. A Star Called Henry by Irish writer Roddy Doyle is a rare find: a book that blends a genuine language, a unique narrative structure, and an amazing story. Told from a first person, past tense omnipresent perspective, the reader is led along a remembered past full of historical dramatic irony w Leggi tutto
My favorite Roddy Doyle book, "A Star Called Henry" is the fictional story of a young man, Henry Smart, growing up in the Ireland of the early 20th century. I much preferred this over the more well-known, but sentimental, "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt. Doyle doesn't mince words, and much of his
Together, we pushed and pulled my britches down to my thighs. Then Annie grabbed my arse before it had a chance to draw breath.-Jesus, what's that?It was a sheet of twopenny stamps, still stuck to my cheeks a week after Miss O'Shea had thrown me down onto them.-Stamps, I said.-What are they doing th Leggi tutto
This is the story of Henry Smart, a Dublin slum boy, born in profound poverty in 1901, who survives on the streets by his wits and physical strength. His father, Henry Smart senior, is well-known around the slums thanks to his wooden leg. He is a violent thug and killer-for-hire, a product of the Du Leggi tutto
I love roddy doyle. I first read this book 10years ago and loved his cheeky, straight to the point or pull on the heartstings ways. I have re read a few time but not over the past 4/5 years. Its a keeper and i wish i could read it for the first time all over again. This boys journey through his youn Leggi tutto
I have now added a bit at the end of this review - thoughts that have later occurred to me. The making and breaking of an IRA man. I didn't quite know what I was getting myself into when I started this one, but I am very glad I did. No regrets - on reading it! I had a hard time with the dialogue, but Leggi tutto
I waivered between 4.5 and 5 stars but wanted to reflect how great I found this book. I must say at the start that this book probably requires at least a basic knowledge of the history of the Irish Uprising and Anglo-Irish war. Henry Smart is a survivor and more. His Dublin is both vast and a small
Henry Smart is an unforgettable character, ranking in my book with the likes of Oscar Matzerath, Ignatius J. Reilly and Aureliano Buendia. And this book is a great primer on the Easter Rebellion and the Irish War of Independence, exposing oppressor and oppressed alike as cold blooded killers. Henry S Leggi tutto
This is only my second Doyle (the other being Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha , which I thought was great) and from the two, I see that language is Doyle's thing, quirky and gritty, in keeping with the lives he portrays, as well as his dark humor. In the first part of this novel those qualities are showcased t Leggi tutto
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