The Barrytown trilogy
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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"... 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. ..."
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.