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In Roddy Doyle's Booker Prize winning novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha an Irish lad named Paddy rampages through the streets of Barrytown with a pack of like minded hooligans playing cowboys and Indians etching their names in wet concrete and setting fires Roddy Doyle has captured the sensations and speech patterns of preadolescents with consummate skill and managed to do so without resorting to sentimentality Paddy Clarke and his friends are not bad bo 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 celebrate a round number anniversary I can be forgiven for thinking about it even right? Beyond the history scenery culture silver tongued locals and tasty libations there’s the draw of their proud literary tradition Roddy Doyle has done his part to continue this Many here know him from his book The Commitments the first in the Barrytown Trilogy and the basis for a fookin’ brilliant film Well PCHHH is no slouch either It won a Booker in 1993 Both Doyle and his protagonist are exactly my age It was interesting to me to see the similarities and differences that a ten year old Dublin lad would experience in 1968 I could relate to the joys of transistor radios and The Man from UNCLE for instance and generally to that emerging awareness of a complicated world The horseplay among boys that age was another commonality When or where has that not been the case? Even so the extremes to which Paddy and his mates took it would have been ruled out of bounds most places For instance I’m pretty sure I never tried to set my brother’s lips on fire with lighter fluid or hobble anyone from the wrong side of the tracks The overall feel of it was like Ralphie from A Christmas Story had he been speaking about his miserable Irish childhood a la Angela’s Ashes though perhaps slightly drier with the Maruis de Sade as technical advisorOne aspect of the book that was both similar and different was the emphasis on sports While stateside the obsessions involved baseball football the oblong American kind and basketball over there it was just football the round rest of the world kind George Best was the flashy Irish superstar at Manchester United who was Joe Namath Mickey Mantle and Dr J all wrapped into one In their play acting matches there was fierce competition for who got to be him Paddy’s little brother Francis aka Sinbad opted out of that role preferring to be one of the less celebrated players I figured it said a lot about the brother relationship that Paddy always worked every advantage to appear the dominant star whereas Sinbad was happy to play an ancillary role creatively feeding the ball to the scorers ending up responsible for the results even if less recognized The fact that Paddy acknowledged Sinbad’s sacrifice and cleverness was meaningful since we saw only the antagonism prior to that point George Best also featured in another story when Paddy’s da bought him a cherished copy of Best’s book autographed by the man himself Or was it?Paddy’s vignettes did not constitute a plot per se They were closer to stream of consciousness though a post Joycean variety where obfuscation was less of a goal Plus they built towards something of a climax an affecting realization The convergence of Paddy’s growing maturity and empathy levels with his mum’s tears and his da’s sullen demeanor made him view Sinbad and his parents in a new way but begorra I shan’t say Sláinte Paddy Sláinte Sinbad Your creator made me care That’s something worthy of a toast in a St Patrick’s Day tribute isn’t it? The Pope and Mussolini vignettes did not constitute a plot per se They were closer to stream of consciousness though a post Joycean The Burn variety where obfuscation was less of a goal Plus they built towards something of a climax an affecting realization The convergence of Paddy’s growing maturity and empathy levels with his mum’s tears and his da’s sullen demeanor made him Diary of the Fall view Sinbad and his parents in a new way but begorra I shan’t say Sláinte Paddy Sláinte Sinbad Your creator made me care That’s something worthy of a toast in a St Patrick’s Day tribute isn’t it?

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Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

When nothing happened it was really getting ready to happen Paddy Clarke senses that his world is about to change forever and not necessarily for the better When he realizes that his parents' marriage is falling apart Paddy stays up all night listening half believing that his vigil will ward off further fighting It doesn't work but it is sweet and sad that he believes it might Paddy's logic may be fuzzy but his heart is in the right place Jill Maru 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 The Rebellion vigil will ward off further fighting It doesn't work but it is sweet and sad that he believes it might Paddy's logic may be fuzzy but his heart is in the right place Jill Maru 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

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Ys; they're just a little bit restless They're always taking sides bullying each other and secretly wishing they didn't have to All they want is for something anything to happen Throughout the novel Paddy teeters on the nervous verge of adolescence In one scene Paddy tries to make his little brother's hot water bottle explode but gives up after stomping on it just one time I jumped on Sinbad's bottle Nothing happened I didn't do it again Sometimes 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 muchSo 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 extraordinary and the final part of the book in which he watches his parents splitting up and falls out with the rather thuggish gang he has spent the rest of the book describing his part in is uite moving the title doesn't appear until the last two pages It was also interesting to see how the setting and character of the new suburb of Barrytown changed over the couple of years the story spans as new developments encroached on the fields and wastelands surrounding Paddy's homeOn the down side the narrative voice is so unpretentious that it verges on the monotonous and for most of the book Paddy is just not a very likeable protagonist It is told in a somewhat random stream of consciousness which perhaps reflects the way childhood memories workOverall I am uite glad that I read this one and I can see some of the reasons it won the prize but it didn't whet the appetite for reading Doyle The Rebellion verge of adolescence In one scene Paddy tries to make his little brother's hot water bottle explode but gives up after stomping on it just one time I jumped on Sinbad's bottle Nothing happened I didn't do it again Sometimes 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 muchSo 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 extraordinary and the final part of the book in which he watches his parents splitting up and falls out with the rather thuggish gang he has spent the rest of the book describing his part in is uite moving the title doesn't appear until the last two pages It was also interesting to see how the setting and character of the new suburb of Barrytown changed over the couple of years the story spans as new developments encroached on the fields and wastelands surrounding Paddy's homeOn the down side the narrative The Deception of the Emerald Ring (Pink Carnation, voice is so unpretentious that it The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, verges on the monotonous and for most of the book Paddy is just not a The Pope and Mussolini very likeable protagonist It is told in a somewhat random stream of consciousness which perhaps reflects the way childhood memories workOverall I am uite glad that I read this one and I can see some of the reasons it won the prize but it didn't whet the appetite for reading Doyle


10 thoughts on “Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

  1. says:

    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 which I can only guess is a HUGE deal But I guess the year this book was published there were a few other if any contenders for the top prizeIt’s certainly not awful It’s actually entertaining readable sometimes funny There is true mastery of the language here an even flow The tone is tolerable than say Emma Donoghue’s “Room” which is also about a child growing up But although I am not at all a fan of the almighty “Huck Finn” I must say that this one does not possess that wackiness—there is some unconscious logic to Twain's tale at the very least This is a chapterless novel; a pretty ordinary account of a pretty ordinary boy What is the main motor that keeps the prose congruent that makes the entire novel work? The fact that Patrick’s parents fight That's all They keep it private they try to keep the kids out of it yet this still registers within Paddy he’s human alright just not a remarkable oneIndeed Bookers are bestowed upon like the Pulitzers here in the US to novels that exemplify the experience of being European American for a Pulitzer This hits several targets to become a well loved book but it still remains a coming of age story of an Irish imp—a precocious slightly evil ten year old boy Who do we side with in this account of playground cruelty cute impressions? With the bully? The victim? In this case I would say neitherApathy is the worst type of feeling a book can give its reader


  2. says:

    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 celebrate a round number anniversary I can be forgiven for thinking about it even right? Beyond the history scenery culture silver tongued locals and tasty libations there’s the draw of their proud literary tradition Roddy Doyle has done his part to continue this Many here know him from his book The Commitments the first in the Barrytown Trilogy and the basis for a fookin’ brilliant film Well PCHHH is no slouch either It won a Booker in 1993 Both Doyle and his protagonist are exactly my age It was interesting to me to see the similarities and differences that a ten year old Dublin lad would experience in 1968 I could relate to the joys of transistor radios and The Man from UNCLE for instance and generally to that emerging awareness of a complicated world The horseplay among boys that age was another commonality When or where has that not been the case? Even so the extremes to which Paddy and his mates took it would have been ruled out of bounds most places For instance I’m pretty sure I never tried to set my brother’s lips on fire with lighter fluid or hobble anyone from the wrong side of the tracks The overall feel of it was like Ralphie from A Christmas Story had he been speaking about his miserable Irish childhood a la Angela’s Ashes though perhaps slightly drier with the Maruis de Sade as technical advisorOne aspect of the book that was both similar and different was the emphasis on sports While stateside the obsessions involved baseball football the oblong American kind and basketball over there it was just football the round rest of the world kind George Best was the flashy Irish superstar at Manchester United who was Joe Namath Mickey Mantle and Dr J all wrapped into one In their play acting matches there was fierce competition for who got to be him Paddy’s little brother Francis aka Sinbad opted out of that role preferring to be one of the less celebrated players I figured it said a lot about the brother relationship that Paddy always worked every advantage to appear the dominant star whereas Sinbad was happy to play an ancillary role creatively feeding the ball to the scorers ending up responsible for the results even if less recognized The fact that Paddy acknowledged Sinbad’s sacrifice and cleverness was meaningful since we saw only the antagonism prior to that point George Best also featured in another story when Paddy’s da bought him a cherished copy of Best’s book autographed by the man himself Or was it?Paddy’s vignettes did not constitute a plot per se They were closer to stream of consciousness though a post Joycean variety where obfuscation was less of a goal Plus they built towards something of a climax an affecting realization The convergence of Paddy’s growing maturity and empathy levels with his mum’s tears and his da’s sullen demeanor made him view Sinbad and his parents in a new way but begorra I shan’t say Sláinte Paddy Sláinte Sinbad Your creator made me care That’s something worthy of a toast in a St Patrick’s Day tribute isn’t it?


  3. says:

    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 written for younger readers about the Soviet space dogs This story takes place in Barrytown Dublin but the antics of these young boys could have taken place in just about anyplace where a small townvillagesuburb begins to feel the changes that comes with “progress” as newer houses are being built in what were once fields that offered a buffer from the encroaching world the changes that accompany said progress But the real heart of this story is about childhood how it shapes our lives our views of others and of the world It sets the ground upon which we will see the future our future and it becomes the source of reminiscences eventually both those ones good and sometimes bad Most often in this story the boyhood encounters involve the kind of mischievous childhood expeditions you’d expect but Doyle tells them with such a wonderful mixture of fondness and vividly brings to life this story through the eyes of childhood wonder But childhood isn’t always filled with magic dreams don’t always come true and life isn’t always fair Parents sometimes fight and children aren’t shielded from the worries of life Somehow Doyle brings all these sides of childhood to life the pain the joy the dreams of childhood years looking to those years of adulthood where we believe we can choose our own destiny with the limitations of childhood removed and leave behind the memories that haunt us I wanted to read this after reading my friend Julie’s review for this As she says about this book “there isn't one out there that captures a childhood or the perspective from a 10 year old child better than this one” Thank you JulieJulie’s review


  4. says:

    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 Ha Ha Ha won it in 1993But don't be dissuaded from reading Paddy Clarke by thinking that it's of the same both books are novels of childhood in the same country at roughly the same time but achieve different results Young Francie of The Butcher Boy was a sad abused derelict who never had a chance to experience childhood and grow up; he retracted into his own small bubble where the world resembles comic books and films with John Wayne In comparison Paddy Clarke is an ordinary young lad who grows up in much better conditions he has a group of friends with whom he runs around town and does various pranks has various adventures with various ends Francie is a character largely oblivious to things happening around him and can be genuinely mean and abusive towards others; he observes the world around him largely through the lens of his imagination which he uses to justify his actions with sometimes truly bizarre logic Paddy is an observant boy who sees how the world is changing he runs around the neighborhood and performs pranks with a group of fellow boys but also notices how urban development is slowly encroaching the areas they used to play in; he picks on kids but does so largely to remain in the pack with which it commits mischief in the neighborhood Still he begins to notice a creeping disruption into his antics filled life as his parents begin to argue Paddy dedicates himself into improving the mood at home and erase the tension between his parents in a series of touching scenes he stays up in the kitchen for a long time pretending to study so that he can be between them and make them laugh; he listens to the news and then tries to discuss them with his father in hope with forming a better bond with him He turns to his younger brother Sindbad on whom he used to previously pick up in hope of finding comfort and support Paddy doesn't uickly mature and grow up; rather he is uprooted from the prank filled world of childhood He realizes that there might be no way to stop things that he doesn't understand and can only hope that somehow somehow he will be able to cope and go onThis is a book worth reading for those who enjoy novels with child narrators; Roddy Doyle captures Paddy's voice very well While the book might not pull all readers into its world with a disjointed fractured story I believe that it would be a mistake to introduce calculated plotting and seuenced events It's much effective to read through the eyes of a young boy who experiences everything vividly The text flows from one scene to the next like a stream as Paddy's thoughts and emotions mix and change like summer weather with warm sun but also cold and biting rain


  5. says:

    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 uite a stream of consciousness either It’s kind of a mix of impressions and dialogue; the world seen through the mind of its young protagonist The experience reminded me a bit of Gaddis’s JR and I think the best way to read this kind of impressionistic narrative is uickly and loosely without giving too much attention to keeping track of the characters just sort of letting the thing wash over youThe way Doyle captures the spirit of childhood is spot on and through its seuence of vignettes the novel paints a vivid picture of Ireland somewhere around the middle of last Century The narrative voice feels authentic and avoids many of the common cliches and tropes of child narrators like false innocence or using the child to emotionally manipulate the reader It is an intelligent perspective There is a kind of raw humanity at play in these children untempered by the refinements of adulthood They are sharp ruthless and amoral They children have an expectation of order and certainty in the adult world which is challenged as those around them fall prey to weakness and failure Between the lines of happy play we can see the repression the frustration and the violence of the child’s world elements which are paralleled in the adult word which is eually beset though perhaps in complex and insoluble ways There is a sense of the cyclical nature of these problems; the ways they inevitably propagate from one generation to the next But there is also the small hope that comes in recognising these failings and striving in oneself to do a little better My copy of the novel which I purchased second hand has the following written in the title page Darling TimmieMy third Christmas with you? word omitted is as lovely as the firstthankyou for making my 1993 so special I lookforward to an even betteryear for youloveme xoxIt's fascinating to come across these kinds of notes in second hand books I wonder where did these people live and what was their relationship? It's too intimate to be just a friend and the third Christmas statement doesn't make sense in a family context So they must have been in a close relationship of some sort Did it work out between them? Were they happy together and did it last? The note is now a uarter of a century old and a lot can happen in that time I wonder about their story How did this book become a small part of their lives for a period of time what changes did their lives undergo and what were the circumstances that caused the book to be given away or sold for it to eventually make its way into the charity shop where I noticed it and bought it for a dollar and placed it on my bookshelf for two years before finally reading it and writing this review I wonder what will be the rest of this book's story?


  6. says:

    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 muchSo 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 extraordinary and the final part of the book in which he watches his parents splitting up and falls out with the rather thuggish gang he has spent the rest of the book describing his part in is uite moving the title doesn't appear until the last two pages It was also interesting to see how the setting and character of the new suburb of Barrytown changed over the couple of years the story spans as new developments encroached on the fields and wastelands surrounding Paddy's homeOn the down side the narrative voice is so unpretentious that it verges on the monotonous and for most of the book Paddy is just not a very likeable protagonist It is told in a somewhat random stream of consciousness which perhaps reflects the way childhood memories workOverall I am uite glad that I read this one and I can see some of the reasons it won the prize but it didn't whet the appetite for reading Doyle


  7. says:

    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 than I do


  8. says:

    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 oneNot just any childhood and certainly not any in 2014 in a middle class or affluent neighborhood where the children can now be found indoors and in silence save the hum of their tv or computerThis is a childhood set in Ireland but these are the childhoods that many of us before say 1985 experienced in our own lower and middle class neighborhoods The childhoods where the parents had little involvement the kids were a grubby rude bunch and trouble could be drummed up on a dimeThis was before schools banned teachers and administrators from hitting you on the hands and heads and promoted any such thing as an anti bullying policyAnd even if in many ways you can argue we've become too soft or our children are over monitored this book is a great argument as to why things changed Needed to changeBut author Roddy Doyle isn't preaching about social change he's just telling a story Ten year old Paddy Clarke's story It's a meaningful read despite many stops and starts and a middle that sagged and if you need uotation marks to distinguish dialogue you won't find any hereDoyle nails it though he nails our meanness The meanness that trickles down from our parents teachers administrators and adult neighbors to our kids who then become mean to their siblings friends and neighborhood dogsMy stomach hurt through many of these stream of consciousness passages of bullying and taunting and I was sure an innocent animal would die at the hands of these brats at some pointDoyle does a brilliant job of maintaining Voice and staying true to Paddy Clarke's world


  9. says:

    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


  10. says:

    Booker Prize Winner Paddy Clarke HA HA HA by Roddy Doyle was a bit disappointing as I expected so much 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 readExpectations were high with this story of life in Barrytown Dublin sometime in the late 1960s Most of the story is taken up by the exploits of him and his mates their time at school and life at home with Ma and Da and younger brother Francis Sinbad and his 2 little sisters – who don’t really rate a mention by the way So this was really a story about lads and the lads A very identifiable topic for this reader Doyle writes in a very interesting style and it must have taken a lot and I mean a lot of effort He writes as a 10 year old boy would including all of the dialogue There is no discernible plot as we meander through Paddy’s young life I suppose the only threads I can see which develop in this story are the changing of Barrytown as council houses are introduced into the area and the relationship between Paddy’s Ma and Da which seems to become increasingly rockyThe tangential themes are uite heavy but the main thrust is the interaction between Paddy and his handful of mates ALL IN BOY SPEAKBoy speak consists of short bursts of meaningless often puerile and obviously juvenile exchanges and even though there were some mildly funny moments it was all a bit much for me It started off okay but I grew tired if it half way through I just didn’t want to hang around with 10 year old boys that much Which means Roddy Doyle wrote this book well – hence the Booker Prize I supposeBut as a personal experience for this reader this book presented an interesting picture of bleak working class Dublin in the late sixties lots of young lad humour – some of it funny most of it not a bit tiring with a couple of serious themes chucked inI’d give this 25 stars and lose a half star for the ‘lad’ factor2 Stars