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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:49 am    Post subject: Roddy Doyle The Guts  Reply with quote

Not a massive fan of fiction. I wish I was, I'm sure I miss out loads of good stuff. Roddy Doyle though he can get to me, he can draw me in. He does dialogue like I recall conversations going. Natural and true. He might not be the coolest author out there, he might be, I'm not sure about such things but, even if The Guts turns out to be a crap story - I'm about halfway though, 49% on the Kindle - it's worth it just for the dialogue.

He revisits The Commitments, Snapper, Van characters so now the Barrytown Trilogy becomes The Barrytown Quadrilogy, obviously - pendants might point out some of the characters have appeared elsewhere in the interim, cool, I'm happy for you. Right Jimmy - manager of The Commitments has Cancer, he cheats on his Mrs, his old man's still a trip and you see and hear Colm Meaney with every word and he's a minor partner in a revival record store, concert promotion type thing.

I might be in the minority but I think The Commitments was a cracking film, great tale, well told and I enjoyed the books.

The Guts seems good to me.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Commitments is ace, film and book, tbh I don't know anyone who disagrees.  Roddy Doyle, he's ace too.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not heard of that particular RD book Cuts so ta for the write-up. Loved the Henry Smart trilogy and The Commitments film was brilliant. I haven't read it and probably won't, but I thought his recent collaboration with Roy Keane on the second part of his autobiography could make for interesting reading. I'd never have put the two of them together but it must have worked.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I chanced across this part-way though a dramatisation on Radio 4 a few months back. I wasn't aware of the novel, but recognised many of the characters from other RD novels. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The actors really brought the dialogue to life -certainly an improvement on me trying to do the accent in my head when reading the books.

The Commitments film is one of my favourites.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't have a link for that do you?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Radio 4 dramatised not just The Guts, but The Commitments, The Van, and The Snapper too.

I've had a look on the BBC iPlayer, but none are currently available. They are usually only available for 30 days after broadcast. (Perhaps they might be available elsewhere?)

However, I wouldn't be surprised if they are re-broadcast. I'll keep an ear open for you.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good book right up until the end that seems strangely rushed and under developed. Enjoyed it while reading it but it left me wanting more.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Roddy Doyle The Guts Reply with quote

Cutsyke wrote:
Not a massive fan of fiction. I wish I was, I'm sure I miss out loads of good stuff. Roddy Doyle though he can get to me, he can draw me in. He does dialogue like I recall conversations going. Natural and true. He might not be the coolest author out there, he might be, I'm not sure about such things but, even if The Guts turns out to be a crap story - I'm about halfway though, 49% on the Kindle - it's worth it just for the dialogue.

He revisits The Commitments, Snapper, Van characters so now the Barrytown Trilogy becomes The Barrytown Quadrilogy, obviously - pendants might point out some of the characters have appeared elsewhere in the interim, cool, I'm happy for you. Right Jimmy - manager of The Commitments has Cancer, he cheats on his Mrs, his old man's still a trip and you see and hear Colm Meaney with every word and he's a minor partner in a revival record store, concert promotion type thing.

I might be in the minority but I think The Commitments was a cracking film, great tale, well told and I enjoyed the books.

The Guts seems good to me.


Just bought The Barrytown Trilogy on Kindle. The Commitments, The Van, and The Snapper. A steal at 4.74. That is all.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read The Van, The Snapper and the Commitments straight after each other. Couldn't get enough of them. Genius
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fartcatcher wrote:
I read The Van, The Snapper and the Commitments straight after each other. Couldn't get enough of them. Genius


That review will do for me! Ta FC!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Commitments film is ace but miles behind the quiality of the book, again fact.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started The Commitments yesterday. It's fucking hilarious. Loving it.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't really separate the film from the book in terms of quality. Saw the film first mind.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished The Commitments and The Snapper and just started The Van yesterday. Brilliant!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'd probably enjoy Doyle's "The Woman Who Walked Into Doors" as well.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plastic Man wrote:
You'd probably enjoy Doyle's "The Woman Who Walked Into Doors" as well.


*does frog impression*

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got this RD short story for nowt on Kindle. Ace!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CPR6IXY/ref=pe_385721_48724741_TE_M1T1DP
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plastic Man wrote:
You'd probably enjoy Doyle's "The Woman Who Walked Into Doors" as well.


As long as you're not looking for laughs

Paddy Clarke Haha - that wasn't an easy read either, methunk.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished The Van yesterday. Probably my favourite of the three. As entertaining as the first two but quite serious in parts, especially how Jimmy Rabbitte Sr.'s relationship changes with his pal over the business, and his boredom and frustration of being on the dole. Fantastic writing and will defo check out The Guts.

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