Bullfighting: Stories (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 28, 2011 - Fiction - 224 pages
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The Man Booker Prize-winning author takes the pulse of modern Ireland with a masterful new collection of stories.

Roddy Doyle has earned a devoted following for his wry wit, his uncanny ear, and his ability to fully capture the hearts of his characters. Bullfighting, his second collection of stories, offers a series of bittersweet takes on men and middle-age, revealing a panorama of Ireland today. Moving from classrooms to local pubs to bullrings, these tales feature an array of men taking stock and reliving past glories, each concerned with loss in different ways-of their place in the world, of their power, their virility, health, and love. "Recuperation" follows a man as he sets off on his daily prescribed walk around his neighborhood, the sights triggering recollections of his family and his younger days. In "Animals", George recalls caring for his children's many pets and his heartfelt effort to spare them grief when they died or disappeared. The title story captures the mixture of bravado and helplessness of four friends who go off to Spain on holiday. Sharply observed, funny, and moving, these thirteen stories present a new vision of contemporary Ireland, of its woes and triumphs, and middle- aged men trying to break out of the routines of their lives.

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

I first read "the Photograph" when it was published in the New Yorker a few years ago and have been periodically trying to track it down ever since. Still liked it the second time around, and I like ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gyl - Goodreads

This is a series of short stories told from the view point of a number of middle aged men who reveal their innermost thoughts about their martital relationships, fear of growing apart, the changing ... Read full review


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RODDY DOYLE worked for fourteen years as an English and Geography teacher at Greendale Community School, in Kilbarrack, North Dublin. He achieved widespread recognition when his novel "The Commitments "(1987) was made into a motion picture in 1991. Doyle's novel "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" won the Booker Prize, Britain's highest literary award in 1993.

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