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The Barrytown Trilogy: The Commitments; The Snapper; The Van (edition 1996)

by Roddy Doyle

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Title:The Barrytown Trilogy: The Commitments; The Snapper; The Van
Authors:Roddy Doyle
Info:Minerva (1996), Paperback
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The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle

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A good look into working class life in Ireland, bit too much swearing but if you can get over that, a very good writer ( )
  lisathomson | Jan 11, 2013 |
In The Commitments Jimmy Rabbit and a group of poor Dublin teenagers and one older musician form a soul band. ( )
  MaowangVater | Sep 9, 2011 |
A must-read. It's hard to believe The Commitments was Doyle's first novel.
Maeve Binchy thought The Snapper "very very funny" , and about The Van Jonathan Coe had this to say in The Guardian: "There have been no novels published this year which are so funny, as understanding about the triumphs and indignities of family life, or as brave in touching upon the raw nerves of the male psyche." I cannot put it better. ( )
  mojacobs | Jul 5, 2011 |
Doyle never fails to paint lively portraits of his characters and settings, and these novels are no exception. He's a master of dialogue and clearly has a deep understanding of the human condition, capable of writing it deftly, as he does here. An extremely enjoyable read. ( )
1 vote kelsiface | Sep 24, 2010 |
A wonderful series of books that chronicle the lives of different members of the Rabitte family in Barrytown Dublin. The twists and turns of the series are wonderful but what I like best about these books is the incredibly natural slang filled dialogue. Writing plausible dialogue is challenging, but Doyle succeeds in providing 100% believable language and conversations. Of the three I think my favorite is The Snapper, but The Van is also a great yarn. I bet if you buy it you'll finish it in a weekend. You just won't be able to stop reading. ( )
1 vote Oreillynsf | May 22, 2010 |
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'The Barrytown Trilogy' comprises Roddy Doyle's three popular and acclaimed comic novels - 'The Commitments', which also enjoyed widespread success when adapted for cinema, 'The Snapper', and 'The Van'.

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