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!DOWNLOAD PDF ⚆ Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha ♫ Sometimes When Nothing Happened It Was Really Getting Ready To Happen Irish Paddy Rampages Through Barrytown Streets With Like Minded Hooligans, Playing Cowboys, Etching Names In Wet Concrete, Setting Fires The Gang Are Not Bad Boys, Just Restless When His Parents Argue, Paddy Stays Up All Night To Keep Them Safe Change Always Comes, Not Always For The Better Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha reminded me of another famous Irish novel, Patrick McCabe s The Butcher Boy Both are narrated by a young boys who grow up in Ireland during the 1960 s, and both make use of vernacular and local folklore The Butcher Boy was shortlisted for the Booker in 1992, and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha won it in 1993.But don t be dissuaded from reading Paddy Clarke by thinking that it sof the same both books are novels of childhood in the same country at roughly the same time, but achieve different results Young Francie of The Butcher Boy was a sad, abused derelict who never had a chance to experience childhood and grow up he retracted into his own, small bubble where the world resembles comic books and films with John Wayne In comparison, Paddy Clarke is an ordinary young lad who grows up in much better conditions he has a group of friends with whom he runs around town and does various pranks, has various adventures with various ends Francie is a character largely oblivious to things happening around him, and can be genuinely mean and abusive towards others he observes the world around him largely through the lens of his imagination, which he uses to justify his actions with sometimes truly bizarre logic Paddy is an observant boy, who sees how the world is changing he runs around the neighborhood and performs pranks with a group of fellow boys, but also notices how urban development is slowly encroaching the areas they used to play in he picks on kids but does so largely to remain in the pack, with which it commits mischief in the neighborhood Still, he begins to notice a creeping disruption into his antics filled life, as his parents begin to argue Paddy dedicates himself into improving the mood at home and erase the tension between his parents, in a series of touching scenes he stays up in the kitchen for a long time, pretending to study, so that he can be between them and make them laugh he listens to the news and then tries to discuss them with his father in hope with forming a better bond with him He turns to his younger brother, Sindbad, on whom he used to previously pick up in hope of finding comfort and support Paddy doesn t quickly mature and grow up rather he is uprooted from the prank filled world of childhood He realizes that there might be no way to stop things that he doesn t understand, and can only hope that somehow somehow he will be able to cope and go on.This is a book worth reading for those who enjoy novels with child narrators Roddy Doyle captures Paddy s voice very well While the book might not pull all readers into its world with a disjointed, fractured story, I believe that it would be a mistake to introduce calculated plotting and sequenced events It s mucheffective to read through the eyes of a young boy, who experiences everything vividly The text flows from one scene to the next like a stream as Paddy s thoughts and emotions mix and change like summer weather, with warm sun but also cold and biting rain. I am now into my final three Booker winners, and this one left me somewhat in two minds I had never read Doyle before and always had a feeling that I wouldn t enjoy it that much.So let us start with the positives Doyle s ability to inhabit the mindset of a boy who is ten at the end of the book is extraordinary, and the final part of the book in which he watches his parents splitting up and falls out with the rather thuggish gang he has spent the rest of the book describing his part in is quite moving the title doesn t appear until the last two pages It was also interesting to see how the setting and character of the new suburb of Barrytown changed over the couple of years the story spans, as new developments encroached on the fields and wastelands surrounding Paddy s home.On the down side, the narrative voice is so unpretentious that it verges on the monotonous, and for most of the book Paddy is just not a very likeable protagonist It is told in a somewhat random stream of consciousness which perhaps reflects the way childhood memories work.Overall I am quite glad that I read this one, and I can see some of the reasons it won the prize, but it didn t whet the appetite for readingDoyle. This was much better than I had expected, based on other reviews, and I think expectation is everything with this novel It s not really a story with a plot, and the characters experience little in the way of change or development And it s not quite a stream of consciousness, either It s kind of a mix of impressions and dialogue the world seen through the mind of its young protagonist The experience reminded me a bit of Gaddis s JR, and I think the best way to read this kind of impressionistic narrative is quickly and loosely, without giving too much attention to keeping track of the characters, just sort of letting the thing wash over you.The way Doyle captures the spirit of childhood is spot on, and through its sequence of vignettes the novel paints a vivid picture of Ireland somewhere around the middle of last Century The narrative voice feels authentic, and avoids many of the common cliches and tropes of child narrators, like false innocence, or using the child to emotionally manipulate the reader It is an intelligent perspective There is a kind of raw humanity at play in these children, untempered by the refinements of adulthood They are sharp, ruthless, and amoral They children have an expectation of order and certainty in the adult world, which is challenged as those around them fall prey to weakness and failure Between the lines of happy play we can see the repression, the frustration and the violence of the child s world, elements which are paralleled in the adult word, which is equally beset, though perhaps incomplex and insoluble ways There is a sense of the cyclical nature of these problems the ways they inevitably propagate from one generation to the next But there is also the small hope that comes in recognising these failings, and striving in oneself to do a little better My copy of the novel, which I purchased second hand, has the following written in the title page Darling Timmie,My third Christmas withyou word omitted is as lovely as the first.thankyou for making my 1993 so special I lookforward to an even betteryear for youloveme xox.It s fascinating to come across these kinds of notes in second hand books I wonder, where did these people live, and what was their relationship It s too intimate to be just a friend, and the third Christmas statement doesn t make sense in a family context So they must have been in a close relationship of some sort Did it work out between them Were they happy together, and did it last The note is now a quarter of a century old, and a lot can happen in that time I wonder about their story How did this book become a small part of their lives for a period of time, what changes did their lives undergo, and what were the circumstances that caused the book to be given away or sold, for it to eventually make its way into the charity shop, where I noticed it and bought it for a dollar, and placed it on my bookshelf for two years, before finally reading it and writing this review I wonder, what will be the rest of this book s story I ve read a lot of books, and I can tell you, there isn t one out there that captures a childhood, or the perspective from a 10 year old child, better than this one.Not just any childhood, and certainly not any in 2014 in a middle class or affluent neighborhood, where the children can now be found indoors, and in silence, save the hum of their tv or computer.This is a childhood set in Ireland, but these are the childhoods that many of us before, say 1985 experienced in our own lower and middle class neighborhoods The childhoods where the parents had little involvement, the kids were a grubby, rude bunch, and trouble could be drummed up on a dime.This was before schools banned teachers and administrators from hitting you on the hands and heads and promoted any such thing as an anti bullying policy.And, even if, in many ways, you can argue we ve become too soft, or our children are over monitored, this book is a great argument as to why things changed Needed to change.But author Roddy Doyle isn t preaching about social change, he s just telling a story Ten year old Paddy Clarke s story It s a meaningful read, despite many stops and starts and a middle that sagged, and if you need quotation marks to distinguish dialogue, you won t find any here.Doyle nails it, though, he nails our meanness The meanness that trickles down from our parents, teachers, administrators and adult neighbors, to our kids, who then become mean to their siblings, friends, and neighborhood dogs.My stomach hurt through many of these stream of consciousness passages of bullying and taunting and I was sure an innocent animal would die at the hands of these brats at some point.Doyle does a brilliant job of maintaining Voice and staying true to Paddy Clarke s world. A strikingly powerful portrait of a dysfunctional family and the boy acting as the glue holding it together, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha is a nostalgic Irish novel with many profound themes hidden beneath childish innocence. Doyle, one of my favorite authors, nails the stream of consciousness of a young boy, Paddy Clarke of the title While not exactly spelled out, I think Paddy, our narrator, is about 8 when the book starts and 10 when it finishes He and his mate Kevin are the defacto leaders of a band of boys who rove a developing subdivision in late 1960 s Ireland, wreaking havoc on themselves and anyone who might be in their way I kept picturing the antics of my two younger brothers in our developing subdivision in Central Illinois My guy told me of the antics of his pals in a developing subdivision west of Ft Worth and we laughed until we cried Young boy antics are universal and, believe me, Paddy and his friends were inventive I laughed out loud many times, especially at the workings of Paddy s mind, where while going about his school, play and home life, he simultaneously imagined himself as Geronimo, their bikes as horses, himself as George Best the Manchester United super star, etc I also got teary at times because, this being Roddy Doyle, we see life in all its complexity Paddy s ma and da aren t getting along and we see the burden this represents for Paddy and the responsibility he takes on for making things ok for them This book has a beginning and an end, lots in between to keep us engaged, but not much of a plot in the traditional sense In Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, we get to spend a bit of time in Paddy s world and for me that was worth the ride. I really enjoyed this novel and the author really nailed the voice of Patrick our protagonist I found all of the characters compelling But the story lacks a plot beyond the life of a pre teen boy in Ireland who is endlessly involved in minor mischief The novel would have benefited from a seismic outside event or perhaps justdrama This novel reminded me of World s Fair by Doctorow, not quite that masterful but in the ball park 4 stars Solid recommendation, quick read. I hate to think that I m susceptible to some merchandiser s power of suggestion, but as soon as hearts and Cupids give way to shamrocks and leprechauns typically Feb 15 , my thoughts often turn towards the Emerald Isle Of course, when the lovely lass I married accompanied me there last year to celebrate a round number anniversary, I can be forgiven for thinking about it even , right Beyond the history, scenery, culture, silver tongued locals and tasty libations, there s the draw of their proud literary tradition Roddy Doyle has done his part to continue this Many here know him from his book The Commitments, the first in the Barrytown Trilogy and the basis for a fookin brilliant film Well, PCHHH is no slouch either It won a Booker in 1993 Both Doyle and his protagonist are exactly my age It was interesting to me to see the similarities and differences that a ten year old Dublin lad would experience in 1968 I could relate to the joys of transistor radios and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., for instance, andgenerally to that emerging awareness of a complicated world The horseplay among boys that age was another commonality When or where has that not been the case Even so, the extremes to which Paddy and his mates took it would have been ruled out of bounds most places For instance, I m pretty sure I never tried to set my brother s lips on fire with lighter fluid, or hobble anyone from the wrong side of the tracks The overall feel of it was like Ralphie from A Christmas Story had he been speaking about his miserable Irish childhood a la Angela s Ashes, though perhaps slightly drier with the Marquis de Sade as technical advisor.One aspect of the book that was both similar and different was the emphasis on sports While stateside the obsessions involved baseball, football the oblong, American kind and basketball, over there it was just football the round, rest of the world kind George Best was the flashy Irish superstar at Manchester United who was Joe Namath, Mickey Mantle and Dr J all wrapped into one In their play acting matches there was fierce competition for who got to be him Paddy s little brother Francis a.k.a Sinbad opted out of that role, preferring to be one of the less celebrated players I figured it said a lot about the brother relationship that Paddy always worked every advantage to appear the dominant star whereas Sinbad was happy to play an ancillary role, creatively feeding the ball to the scorers, ending upresponsible for the results even if less recognized The fact that Paddy acknowledged Sinbad s sacrifice and cleverness was meaningful since we saw only the antagonism prior to that point George Best also featured in another story when Paddy s da bought him a cherished copy of Best s book, autographed by the man himself Or was it Paddy s vignettes did not constitute a plot, per se They were closer to stream of consciousness, though a post Joycean variety where obfuscation was less of a goal Plus, they built towards something of a climax an affecting realization The convergence of Paddy s growing maturity and empathy levels with his mum s tears and his da s sullen demeanor made him view Sinbad and his parents in a new way, but, begorra, I shan t saySl inte, Paddy Sl inte, Sinbad Your creator made me care That s something worthy of a toast in a St Patrick s Day tribute, isn t it Abandoned Child protagonists annoy me anyway.Just found this ramblings of a young irish lad