Meet the Rabbitte family, motley bunch of loveable ne er do wells whose everyday purgatory is rich with hangovers, dogshit and dirty dishes When the older sister announces her pregnancy, the family is forced to rally together and discover the strangeness of intimacy But the question remains which friend of the family is the father of Sharon s child
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The Snapper Meet the Rabbitte family motley bunch of loveable ne er do wells whose everyday purgatory is rich with hangovers dogshit and dirty dishes When the older sister announces her pregnancy the family is
As much as I liked The Commitments, the first novel in Roddy Doyle s Barrytown Trilogy, The Snapper book two is much satisfying It s just as funny and profane, but it has emotional depth, an amusing if troubling mystery and characters who feel alive and authentic.It focuses on Sharon Rabbitte, the 20 year old sister of the Commitments manager, Jimmy I remember meeting her briefly in the first book, when Jimmy s friend Deco complimented her as she passed him in the Rabbitte s North Dublin home [...]
Actual rating 3.5 stars.This is the second instalment in Doyle s The Barrytown trilogy, following on from The Commitments The focus has shifted to the former protagonist s father and elder sister, and details another generation of life inside suburban Ireland Sharon Rabbitte is pregnant But the juicy gossip around town isn t her unwed status but concerns over who the father is Is it her best friend s balding, overweight father like is rumoured Or the one night stand Sharon claims it is And why d [...]
It was okay A relaxing read for a lazy Sunday afternoon with some time to spare and a way to not think about anything serious That s what I thought.An Irish family, the Rabbittes, have to work around the pregnancy of the oldest daughter, a new dog, and how everyone adapts to the situation The dad is the numero uno character highly lovable and really funny It is a busy family with neighbors and friends dropping in enhancing the craziness and mayhem around the daughter who refuse to make the sperm [...]
Like Juno, but without the annoying hipster music and with lots of drunk Irish people yelling at each other.This was a fun read You know I embarrassed myself a few times by laughing out loud on the subway This story chronicles a young, single, Irish girl from a blue collar Dublin family who finds herself pregnant She won t reveal who the father is Despite the Lifetime movie setup, this book is hardly melodramatic It s a funny, lighthearted look at pregnancy The dialect and conversations are hyst [...]
This book is almost totally dialogue, hilarious dialogue Back with the Rabbitte clan after The Commitmentsand they are in fine form Jimmy is a DJ, Les is no where to be found, the twins are irritating as always, Darren is sweet and enthusiastic and Sharon is in a spot of trouble This book focuses on Sharon and Jimmy Rabbitte Sr I love Jimmy Rabbitte Sr, he is is hilarious the whole way through his reactions are never what you expect and always entertaining No matter what important matter is bein [...]
I loved this book so much I would read it out loud to myself just to give myself a 2nd laugh Lots of the F word on EVERY page and it just added to the flow I loved interpreting the little bit of Irish dialect which was included which wasn t hard actually fun and reading this book was like reading a play The author didn t waste precious ink on flowery descriptions of scenery He saved it for the impact of the statement Simple lines like They roared referring to a group of girls in a bar chattin ab [...]
I loved this book I think it is the strongest of the three books that compile the fascinating Barrytown Trilogy The narrative never gets bogged down, it sweeps along with a pace and vigor I would love to emulate in my own fiction There is not a spare scene or extra word in the whole book and that is quite a feat for an Irish writer I get tired of the constant father son relationships in so much of our fiction, it was truly refreshing to show a father daughter relationship in such a tender, humor [...]
For me, than anything, this is a book about family and above all fatherly love I love Jimmy Rabbitte s affection for his daughter Sharon who becomes pregnant Sharon s pregnancy is the result of a drunken encounter with an older neighborhood in the parking lot of a party These days this would be considered rape because an intoxicated person is considered incapable of consenting to sex I have used this film in a class I teach and interestingly the young students all recognize it as such, but I ha [...]
The second entry in the Barrytown Trilogy and the best by far Obviously, The Commitments went cult because of the film and the original book, as a result, can t quite live up to things in the same way With The Snapper, however, despite the fact that the film was also fantastic, the book is by far the better experience and that Roddy Doyle style of rhythmic dialogue has the feel of being best suited to this story among the three entries The Snapper just loved it I suspect, however, that you proba [...]
1 2 Naturally, after one of the best rock band novels ever one fully of music, laughs, and style Doyle follows it up with a heartfelt story of a young woman who gets pregnant after a one night stand Who wouldn t Now, Sharon the young woman in question is the sister of Jimmy Rabbitte The Commitments manager So there is a tie and we saw a little of their father and the rest of the family last time Still, this feels so different, it s hard to conceive of them being part of a trilogy Oh well it work [...]
Like a 3.8, rounded up Not quite as entertaining as its predecessor, The Snapper is still a good read As in The Commitments, the plot is unraveled via the brisk dialogue and the action takes place within a working class neighborhood unlike The Commitments, the author takes his readers deep into Barrytown life and specifically inside the Rabbitte home Daughter Sharon Rabbitte, aged 20, is pregnant, and is keeping mum on the identity of the father, for reasons she doesn t care to discuss with any [...]
This novel, the second in the Barrytown Trilogy, and the follow up to probably Doyle s most famous book, The Commitments, was a real treat for me Jimmy Rabbitte Junior, the driving force behind the first novel reappears in the book, but he plays a minor role, taking a back seat while we are introduced to his family, mum and dad, Veronica and Jimmy Senior, big sister Sharon, brothers Leslie and Darren, and little sisters, twins Linda and Tracy The fact that I can rattle of the family s names from [...]
Picked this one up at Epilogue Books in their final days of business I d seen the movie years before and had enjoyed it, so I figured what the hell It s the story of a working class Irish family, and what happens to them after their eldest daughter, 20 year old Sharon, becomes pregnant and refuses to tell who the father is Despite the subject matter, it s actually a light hearted, comedic tale.I found it a bit hard to get into, for it is full of Irish slang and accents, but after about 50 pages, [...]
What s funnier than unwanted pregnancy Not much, if you re Roddy Doyle Sharon, the oldest daughter of the Rabbitte family, is knocked up by a man she won t identify In the aftermath of the subsequent minor scandal, her family rallies around to support her, each in their own weird way Mostly, though, this book is about Jimmy Sr father of the Rabbitte family an old fashioned working class Dubliner who largely just gets drunk and says funny things It s your typical story of an emotionally repressed [...]
I think for a lot of Roddy Doyle s work you have to be Irish to fully appreciate the dialogue and slang He has a habit of slipping in colloquialisms that only make sense to the Irish I lived in Dublin city for three years and let me tell you, there are a lot of Jimmy Snrs about The Snapper s pace is good, the characters are hilarious and true to life I loved the bit with the racing bikes myself It s a story that is uplifting, because although there are very few happy moments, people seem satisfi [...]
Ask anyone I m tough.So when I tell you this book caused me to cry, it surely carries some weight.They were real tears too, albeit of laughter Salty streams of mirth coursing down my cheeks every few pages and causing me great embarrassment and endangering my manly image.The first Roddy Doyle book I read annoyed me With his absence of quotation marks I couldn t work out what was dialogue and what was merely thought Plus, it wasn t a very happy book.That style continues with this book, but as lon [...]
Shorter and ostensibly simpler than THE COMMITMENTS, the second volume of The Barrytown Trilogy is a deceptively beautiful and brilliant book Sharon Rabbitte announces that she s pregnant out of wedlock, and the novel follows the reactions and accommodations of her family and, to some extent, most of the town THE SNAPPER is heavily dialogue driven, and Doyle is a master of voice and cadence And the story itself is funny, profane, and poignant sometimes all at the same time Highly recommended.
Not bad The only issue I have is that at the very end, yes, the baby is born, but the Mother was drunk and getting smashed every weekend, so how was this baby even there alive and existent I know this is part of the Barrytown collection,but that mean in another book we find out the baby was deformed or mentally challenged I don t know What I do know is that I liked the father character Jimmy Sr is interesting, and I spent a lot of the book trying to figure him out but I m sick and sleepy so good [...]
Two and a half stars I think.I hesitate to have too strong of an opinion here In order to secure an audio copy, I had to order from the UK, and the only format available was abridged audio cassette Yes, cassette so I d like props for being dedicated enough to deal with an antiquated format for the sake of my book group.I can see why this books is generally regarded as funny It simply wasn t my cup of Barry s Gold.
I really enjoyed this book That s obviosu as it only took 2 days Roddy Doyle really understood what he was writing about again with this one At once he conveys the social interpretation of Sharon s pregnancy and how isolated it makes her Poignant and funny in just the right amounts I m going to overlook some of the inherent misogyny as cultural and accurate but must dock 1 star for some of it as it left a bad taste in my mouth in places.
To quote Maeve Binchy from the front of the book, Very, very funny The most amazing account of a pregnancy ever written She s right but she forgot to add that it is also the most fun story of a pregnancy ever.
90% 3 .
Excellent sparse writing with absolutely cracking dialogue It s a follow on from The Commitments based on Sharon Rabbitte rather than her brother Jimmy Jr this time.She s pregnant, but who s the father
This short, sweet book had me laughing so hard I actually dropped the book twice.It s the second book in Roddy Doyle s Barrytown Trilogy, and now I really can t wait to read the last.
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Stomach muscles beware This book is funny and will give you a workout.
This novel is part two of Roddy Doyle s Barrytown Trilogy, which starts off with The Commitments and closes with The Van In this novel, we meet the Rabbitte family half a generation earlier from where we started in the previous novel So to call it a sequel is right and not right and to call it a prequel is right and not right My understanding is that the third book moves backward in this same fashion.If you liked The Commitments I am certain you re going to like this one It s a little sad, a li [...]
A quick read that I borrowed from the library for the Holidays but a bit disappointing because it is mainly written in dialogue The only other book of Doyle s that I d previously read was Paddy Clark Ha ha ha I found that one hilarious but it was probably 20 years ago, so maybe my taste in books has matured The most interesting part of this book was the emotional bond developing between father and pregnant daughter especially when he started reading a book about pregnancy Sharon is annoyed at hi [...]
Dumb decisions.Before I started reading this book, I read some summaries and a few reviews to see if this was an appropriate book Afterwards, I thought that the book was about a really complicated subject So I started reading.While reading this book, it immediately got me thinking, because it is a very realistic story The people nowadays do drink a lot, and are doing a lot of things without thinking I think Sharon didn t expect to get pregnant, especially not by a married man She had a one night [...]
I read this back in the early 90s not long after it came out At that time I was spending a lot of time doing odd jobs for my grandmother For some reason I had to wait at her house before doing something for her, so I brought along my current read, which was this book, to pass the time Well she overheard me laughing a lot as I read, which is what you do when you re reading a Roddy Doyle book, and she asked me what was so funny I told her the basic synopsis, Irish girl gets pregnant and doesn t wa [...]