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Synopses & Reviews

From Powells.com:

Roddy Doyle writes like nobody?s business. Each of his titles, from The Commitments (Doyle?s debut) to The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, has earned both critical and popular acclaim. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, his funny, pitch-perfect perspective of a Dublin ten year old, won the 1993 Booker Prize.

Now, in A Star Called Henry, he?s upped the ante tenfold, producing some of the most aggressive prose you?re ever likely to read. Henry?s father?s flight, a mere sixty pages into the book, is one of the great narrative achievements of recent years.

But for all Doyle?s narrative acrobatics, his amazing new novel is, more than anything, an enthralling, spilling-over-its-sides story. On page one, Henry Smart introduces himself through the eyes of his pregnant, soon-to-be-mother – right away, Doyle catches us off guard. Compared by some to the expansive fictions of Gabriel García Márquez, A Star Called Henry presents the years leading up to and following the 1916 Easter Rebellion in a wickedly crooked, dramatic light perfectly suited to the subject. Henry Smart is a big character, bigger than life. "I?ve always tried to make sure that everything that was said and done could, in fact, happen," Doyle told Powells.com, "This time around I didn?t give a toss." Dave, Powells.com

Publisher Comments:

Born at the beginning of the twentieth century, Henry Smart lives through the evolution of modern Ireland, and in this extraordinary novel he brilliantly tells his story. From his own birth and childhood on the streets of Dublin to his role as soldier (and lover) in the Irish Rebellion, Henry recounts his early years of reckless heroism and adventure. At once an epic, a love story, and a portrait of Irish history, A Star Called Henry is a grand picaresque novel brimming with both poignant moments and comic ones, and told in a voice that is both quintessentially Irish and inimitably Roddy Doyle's.

Review:

"Doyle's most ambitious and wide-ranging work yet....He rages against [history] with an energy that spins the smart machineries of the writing, and occasionally seizes them up....The first 80 pages have the compression and expansion of a nova." Richard Eder, New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[A] teeming, hyperrealistic canvas, presented with great cheekiness....Doyle's high-wire act comes with a built-in safety net: where is the reader who can resist the pull of the picturesque Irish?" Daphne Merkin, The New Yorker

Review:

"A Star Called Henry is a triumph of craft and intelligence and toughness of mind. Doyle has not sentimentalized the past or capitulated to it." Charles Taylor, Salon.com

Review:

"Doyle has [written an] Irish epic, and he wields the style like a sword, with the power and grace of a master." The Village Voice

Review:

"[Doyle] breaks impressive new ground...masterly....Absolutely extraordinary. Readers who thought Doyle had outdone himself with the deftly juxtaposed comedy and drama in his recent fiction will be amazed and delighted all over again." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Brawling and lyrical....Doyle vividly portrays the wild passions of an Irish Everyman...[and] the birth of the modern Irish nation." Time

Review:

"Doyle just gets better and better....This is history evoked on an intimate and yet earth-shaking scale, with a huge dash of the blarney, some mythical embellishments and a driving narrative that never falters." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Stunning...not only Doyle's best novel yet; it is a masterpiece, an extraordinarily entertaining epic." The Washington Post

Review:

"Doyle expertly weaves his well-known wit into even the most violent and most tender passages of the tale. This is an immense story, and it's only the beginning...giving readers a lot to look forward to." Booklist

Review:

"Although some of Henry's violent actions seem forced, Doyle's dialog and water and sexual imagery are sublime....Highly recommended." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Doyle's ambitious new novel is a passionate love story that takes a subversive look behind the legends of Irish republicanism through the eyes of one of Michael Collins' infamous boys — a cop killer, an assassin on a stolen bike, a lover.

Synopsis:

Jimmy Rabbitte of The Commitments returns in the triumphant new novel from the Booker Prize–winning author

Full of the great joy in storytelling that characterizes Roddy Doyles novels, The Guts catches up with Jimmy Rabbitte—the man who in the 1980s formed the Commitments, a band composed of working-class Irish youths whose mission was to bring soul music to Dublin. Jimmy is now

forty-seven, with a loving wife, four kids . . . and colon cancer. The news leaves him shattered and frightened—he isnt dying, he thinks, but he might be. As he battles his illness while running a small music business, he runs into former bandmates, reunites with his brother, and decides to live more in the moment. The Guts is a warm, funny novel about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life.

Synopsis:

Jimmy Rabbitte of The Commitments returns in the triumphant new novel from the Booker Prize–winning author

The distinct wit and lively, authentic dialogue that are the hallmarks of Roddy Doyles fiction are on a full display as he reintroduces Jimmy Rabbitte in this follow-up to his beloved debut novel The Commitments.

In the 1980s Jimmy Rabbitte formed the Commitments, a ragtag, blue-collar collective of Irish youths determined to bring the soul music stylings of James Brown and Percy Sledge to Dublin. Time proves a great equalizer for Jimmy as hes now approaching fifty with a loving wife, four kids, and a recent cancer diagnosis that leaves him feeling shattered and frightened.

Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle—his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay for their resurrected albums. As he battles his illness on his path through Dublin, Jimmy manages to reconnect with his own past, most notably Commitments guitarist Liam “Outspan” Foster and the still beautiful backup vocalist Imelda Quirk. Jimmy also learns the trumpet, reunites with his long-lost brother, and rediscovers the joys of fatherhood.

An immensely funny and poignant novel, The Guts captures friendship, family, the power of music, the specter of death, and the zeal for life.

About the Author

Roddy Doyle is the author of five previous novels, three of which — The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van — were made into movies. The Van was nominated for the Booker Prize in 1991. Two years later Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (Penguin) won the Booker Prize and was a New York Times bestseller. His most recent novel, The Woman Who Walked Into Doors (Penguin), was a national bestseller. Also a screenwriter, Roddy Doyle lives in Dublin.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143034612
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Doyle, Roddy
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143034612 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Doyle's most ambitious and wide-ranging work yet....He rages against [history] with an energy that spins the smart machineries of the writing, and occasionally seizes them up....The first 80 pages have the compression and expansion of a nova."
"Review" by , "[A] teeming, hyperrealistic canvas, presented with great cheekiness....Doyle's high-wire act comes with a built-in safety net: where is the reader who can resist the pull of the picturesque Irish?"
"Review" by , "A Star Called Henry is a triumph of craft and intelligence and toughness of mind. Doyle has not sentimentalized the past or capitulated to it."
"Review" by , "Doyle has [written an] Irish epic, and he wields the style like a sword, with the power and grace of a master."
"Review" by , "[Doyle] breaks impressive new ground...masterly....Absolutely extraordinary. Readers who thought Doyle had outdone himself with the deftly juxtaposed comedy and drama in his recent fiction will be amazed and delighted all over again."
"Review" by , "Brawling and lyrical....Doyle vividly portrays the wild passions of an Irish Everyman...[and] the birth of the modern Irish nation."
"Review" by , "Doyle just gets better and better....This is history evoked on an intimate and yet earth-shaking scale, with a huge dash of the blarney, some mythical embellishments and a driving narrative that never falters."
"Review" by , "Stunning...not only Doyle's best novel yet; it is a masterpiece, an extraordinarily entertaining epic."
"Review" by , "Doyle expertly weaves his well-known wit into even the most violent and most tender passages of the tale. This is an immense story, and it's only the beginning...giving readers a lot to look forward to."
"Review" by , "Although some of Henry's violent actions seem forced, Doyle's dialog and water and sexual imagery are sublime....Highly recommended."
"Synopsis" by , Doyle's ambitious new novel is a passionate love story that takes a subversive look behind the legends of Irish republicanism through the eyes of one of Michael Collins' infamous boys — a cop killer, an assassin on a stolen bike, a lover.
"Synopsis" by ,
Jimmy Rabbitte of The Commitments returns in the triumphant new novel from the Booker Prize–winning author

Full of the great joy in storytelling that characterizes Roddy Doyles novels, The Guts catches up with Jimmy Rabbitte—the man who in the 1980s formed the Commitments, a band composed of working-class Irish youths whose mission was to bring soul music to Dublin. Jimmy is now

forty-seven, with a loving wife, four kids . . . and colon cancer. The news leaves him shattered and frightened—he isnt dying, he thinks, but he might be. As he battles his illness while running a small music business, he runs into former bandmates, reunites with his brother, and decides to live more in the moment. The Guts is a warm, funny novel about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life.

"Synopsis" by ,
Jimmy Rabbitte of The Commitments returns in the triumphant new novel from the Booker Prize–winning author

The distinct wit and lively, authentic dialogue that are the hallmarks of Roddy Doyles fiction are on a full display as he reintroduces Jimmy Rabbitte in this follow-up to his beloved debut novel The Commitments.

In the 1980s Jimmy Rabbitte formed the Commitments, a ragtag, blue-collar collective of Irish youths determined to bring the soul music stylings of James Brown and Percy Sledge to Dublin. Time proves a great equalizer for Jimmy as hes now approaching fifty with a loving wife, four kids, and a recent cancer diagnosis that leaves him feeling shattered and frightened.

Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle—his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay for their resurrected albums. As he battles his illness on his path through Dublin, Jimmy manages to reconnect with his own past, most notably Commitments guitarist Liam “Outspan” Foster and the still beautiful backup vocalist Imelda Quirk. Jimmy also learns the trumpet, reunites with his long-lost brother, and rediscovers the joys of fatherhood.

An immensely funny and poignant novel, The Guts captures friendship, family, the power of music, the specter of death, and the zeal for life.

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