The Barrytown trilogy

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Penguin Books, 1995 - Fiction - 632 pages
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The bestselling author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha presents a one-volume edition of his celebrated trio of novels. Doyle's comic novels, The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van, depict the daily life and times of the Rabbitte family in working-class Dublin.

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The Van:
"... When he opened the door the dog was all over him, hopping around him; thanking him, Jimmy Sr sometimes thought. The dog was no thick. He could nearly talk, the noises he made sometimes
when he wanted a biscuit or a chip. He didn't just growl; he had different growls that he used, depending on how badly he wanted something, and whimpers and other stuff as well. And sometimes he just looked at you - just looked - and you couldn't help thinking of one of those starving kids in Africa. He was a great oul' dog, Larrygogan was. ..." 

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I see I picked an Eastern European version! This trilogy includes The Commitments, The Van and The Snapper - all set in Dublin. I just love Doyle's humor and knack for immortalizing the mundane.


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About the author (1995)

Roddy Doyle is the author of five previous novels, including a Booker Prize nominee, The Van, and a Booker Prize winning international bestseller Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. He has also written several screenplays, most recently When Brendan Met Trudy. His first children's book, The Giggler Treatment, will be published in September by Scholastic. He lives in Dublin.

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