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This is an auction for PADDY CLARKE HA HA HA by Roddy Doyle.

"Paddy Clarke is ten years old. He lives with his ma and da, his younger brother and two baby sisters in the Dublin working-class neighborhood of Barrytown. Paddy spends his days with his friends roaming local construction sites (it's the late 1960s, and suburbia is creeping over the Irish countryside), writing their names in wet cement and conducting Viking funerals for dead rats. At night, Paddy listens vigilantly for the sounds of his parents fighting, whispering the magic word "Stop" to end it. Filled with the same earthy humor and pungent Irish dialog that marked Doyle's earlier novels, this book is also a vivid and poignant portrait of a little boy trying to make sense of the adult world. As Paddy Clarke himself would say, it is " brilliant," well deserving of the 1993 Booker Prize."
- Library Journal (US) review:

"In Roddy Doyle's Booker Prize-winning novel, an Irish lad named Paddy rampages through the streets of Barrytown with a pack of like-minded hooligans, playing cowboys and Indians, etching their names in wet concrete, and setting fires. Paddy Clarke and his friends are not bad boys; they're just a little bit restless. They're always taking sides, bullying each other, and secretly wishing they didn't have to. All they want is for something--anything--to happen."

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Roddy Doyle's first three novels—The Commitments, The Snapper, and the 1991 Booker Prize finalist The Van—are known as The Barrytown Trilogy. He is also the author of the novels Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (1993 Booker Prize winner), The Woman Who Walked into Doors, and A Star Called Henry.

Paperback 1994.

282 pages.

Good condition.

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