The Barrytown Trilogy

The Barrytown Trilogy[Reading] ➽ The Barrytown Trilogy Author Roddy Doyle – Roddy Doyle's winning trio of comic novels depicting the daily life and times of the Rabbitte family in working class DublinThe CommitmentsStill one of the freshest and funniest rock 'n' roll novels e Roddy Doyle's winning trio of comic novels depicting the daily life and times The Barrytown Kindle - of the Rabbitte family in working class DublinThe CommitmentsStill one of the freshest and funniest rock 'n' roll novels ever written Doyle's first book portrays a group of aspiring musicians on a mission to bring soul to DublinThe SnapperDoyle's sparkling second novel observes the progression of twenty year old Sharon's pregnancy and its impact on the Rabbitte family especially on her father Jimmy Sr with with candor and surprising authenticityThe VanSet during the heady days of Ireland's brief euphoric triumphs in the World Cup this Booker Prize nominee is a tender and hilarious tale of male friendship midlife crisis and family life back cover.

Roddy Doyle Irish Ruaidhrí Ó Dúill is an Irish novelist dramatist and screenwriter The Barrytown Kindle - Several of his books have been made into successful films beginning with The Commitments in He won the Booker Prize in Doyle grew up in Kilbarrack Dublin He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from University College Dublin He spent several years as an English and geography teacher before becoming.

The Barrytown Trilogy Kindle Õ The Barrytown  Kindle
  • Paperback
  • 633 pages
  • The Barrytown Trilogy
  • Roddy Doyle
  • English
  • 08 May 2015
  • 9780140252620

10 thoughts on “The Barrytown Trilogy

  1. Cphe says:

    Really enjoyed this trilogy featuring the Rabbitte family from a town outside of Dublin It was the second and third book in the trilogy which really captured my attentionAll of the books are written with humour but important themes such as family ties self respect and friendship are well expressedI initially had some difficulty with some of the wording but as I read on it was easy to get the gist of what the author was saying I laughed out loud in places and even though the trilogy was extremely funny there were pertinent themes addressed Really enjoyed the trilogy overall

  2. Eh?Eh! says:

    Lots of Irish slang and written to capture some of the accent This trilogy centers around the Rabbitte family Each book has a different tone which was interesting to me since the bulk of the story is conveyed in oddly formatted dialogue Why is that interesting at all? I struggle to write beyond mere summarizations so I get overexcited when I think I recognize the craft in writingThe first is this chuckling wind up not really about the family but following the eldest son who forms a soul band out of the whitest of whities that falls apart due to personalities Spoiler alert Crass and funnyThe second my favorite focuses on the dad as he deals with his eldest daughter's out of wedlock pregnancy and seemingly just a glancing sweep of the daughter But the way the father is drawn and colored in Very sweet The pregnancy itself is treated a bit briefly a prop for the development of the father character Ignoring the inadeuate treatment of that whole situation this one is crass and hilariousThe third takes place a few years later and the times have gone downhill Again the father is the focus There are still the humorous bits but it's the struggle to maintain self respect in this particular culture and the slow death of a friendship It actually became hard to read Crass and depressing

  3. Sarah Beaudoin says:

    The Barrytown Trilogy is a collection of three novels The Commitments The Snapper and The Van which all follow members of the Rabbitte family in their lives in a small town outside of DublinI picked this book up for two reasons I previously only knew Roddy Doyle through his short stories that are sometimes in the New Yorker and he had been on my list of authors to look into for some time Once I started looking at his novels though I was pleasantly surprised to learn that he was the mastermind behind The Commitments a movie I love Thus with a bit of hesitation since I didn't want the novel to be a let down after the movie nor did I want the novel to make me disappointed in the movie I picked up the Barrytown Trilogy with the intent of initially just reading The CommitmentsInstead I could not put this book down The movie of The Commitments completely captures the witty dialogue of the novel and I was just as smitten with the characters in the book as I was in the movie Doyle's informal writing style perfectly captures the grittiness of the people of this small Irish town and their attempt to become an Irish RBSoul band modeled after Chuck Berry Marvin Gaye and others is endearing entertaining and just plain funI enjoyed The Commitments so much that I continued on to read The Snapper and The Van immediately The focus of these two is on the Rabbitte family as a whole whereas The Commitments only featured Jimmy Jr The Snapper looks at the events surrounding 20 year old Sharon's pregnancy and the resulting effect on her family Family patriarch Jimmy Sr is the real hero of these novels Doyle gives him a tough exterior but it is clear almost immediately that Jimmy Sr is a gentle loveable man His relationships with his children his wife and his best mate Bimbo make for some of the most heartwarming and laugh out loud funny dialogue that I have ever read The Snapper ends with the birth of Sharon's daughter Gina and The Van picks up with the Rabbitte family just a couple of years later At this point things have changed drastically Jimmy Sr is on the dole eldest son Jimmy Jr has moved in with his girlfriend and second son Leslie has disappeared after getting in trouble with the law The tone of The Van is somber than the other two novels but the concern Jimmy Sr has for his family along with the warmth of his interactions was a bright light in an otherwise subdued narrative Overall I would highly recommend any of these novels either individually or as a trilogy

  4. Emma Flanagan says:

    I read the trilogy for my Goodreads Ireland bookclub We'd selected it as it has just been announced as next years Dublin One City One Book I was familiar with the films of The Commitments and The Snapper but had never read the books and I knew nothing about The Van Doyle really captures the spirit the character and the language of Dubliners The city through its people springs off the page The three books follow different members of the Rabbite family The Commitments follows Jimmy Jr through the trials and tribulations of setting up a band The Snapper follows Sharon through her unplanned pregnancy It was probably my favourite of the three It really encapsulates family life and gives us a wonderful father daughter relationship between Jimmy Sr and Sharon which is not something you see that often Finally The Van follows Jimmy Sr And his friend Bimbo after they are made redundant and they set up a chip van during the madness that was Italia 90 the high point in Irish football I thought Doyle's portrayal of how being unemployed effects people particularly men was spot on I also loved the touching and generally very funny scenes between Jimmy and his sons which we hadn't really got to see in the other books All in all these are excellent books which deal with some rather serious topics but in such a manner that you won't stop laughing from start to finish

  5. James says:

    I'm lopsided in my praise of this series because as a Dublin man with a gurrier of a Da I felt like I was reading excerpts from my own life Jimmy Sr is a vulnerable character who hides his emotion with humour and at times anger He is at times sweet especially to his daughters but he can also be needlessly obtuse to the detriment of his own welfare He's human He's a North Dubliner who calls his penis his gooter and his bum his hole I've met him in real life in fact I've lived with him and I'm probably going to turn into him right down to my desire to own a chipper The first book of the series is The Commitments and while the prose his hilarious I actually found it to be a tad disappointing It's a short story with a lot of page space afforded to the act of verbalising the songs the band is singing It interrupted the flow of the story and became tiring after a while We did however get introduced to great characters like Jimmy Jr Outspan and Mickah Their constant bickering with one another is indicative of what's to come in the later stories with the people who are closest to each other being the ones who give each other the most grief The Snapper and The Van are the next two in the series and Jimmy Sr is introduced as we follow his family including his son Jimmy Jr from The Commitments as they live in a council estate in Northside Dublin in 1987 1990 respectively The setting fictional Barrytown is perfect as it reminded me of stories I heard growing up one's like my Ma and Da owning the only phone in their estate in the late 80's so they'd have a ueue outside their gaff every Sunday Jimmy's life is work his family and a few pints down the local with the lads He has the archetypal Dublin bowises as friends the lad who can get you anything from the back of a truck the grumpy auldfella and the best mate who he shares with than his wife They slag each other endlessly each trying to outdo the other and at times ganging up on one of the group of there's a bigger laugh to be had Roddy Doyle is at his best here The brown these fella's talk is gas Some of it is insightful most of it is tripe but all of it is funnier than anything else I've read in a book beforeJimmy Sr has trouble telling his wife how he feels He has anxiety that his son Darren who he is hugely proud of will begin to resent him or end up like the black sheep Les who runs away and is barely mentioned in the series When he is laid off he becomes depressed because he feels like his role in the family is gone When Jimmy Jr hands him a fiver he is both delighted and appalled he wants to hug him and bury him The dichotomy of his character is tantamount to the success of everyone else in the story because you feel like their moods live off of his If he is a prick then his daughter Sharon will treat him like a prick This fleshes out his character it gives him depth and resonance because when he does something cringe worthy you actually cringe and find yourself saying Ah for fuck sake Jimmy When he is nice and thoughtful you as the reader feel like you've been treated to the Choc Ice yourself Or one of those Tina Turner drinks wha' are they? PepsiAs a whole the series will go down as one of the greatest pieces of Irish fiction ever written and this is from a country that brought the world books such as Gullivers Travels and The Dubliners Roddy Doyle has created a beautiful piece of art and he did is writing about our Da's and Ma's and brothers and sister He did it in Dublin vernacular with Dublin collouialisms I'm proud to be a Dub for reading this and all I want after reading it is a heap of Guinness and a large and a battered Dunphy

  6. Nicole Pesce says:

    On the first story The Commitments about three Dubliners trying to start a band in the 80s and already the dialog and premise are totally slaying me as in it's hilarious thankfully I was just in Ireland recently so I can or less make out the jargon I ripped through the first two novels The Commitments and The Snapper in just a couple of days but it's taken a couple of weeks to wrap the third final chapter of the madcap and infectious Rabbitte family because of life the universe everything but now that I have I can't wait to go back and read through them again I laughed out loud through all three books welled up a number of times and recognized my own Irish family sometimes painfully on every page Such a great read and I'm looking forward to checking out of Roddy Doyle

  7. Ben says:

    I always like to read an author's earliest books you usually see a lot of growth over a short space Here especiallyI've never been to Dublin nor Ireland but after reading this I feel as if I had The dialogue is brilliant and hilarious again not having been I don't know if people there actually talk like this but if they don't they should Also for the occasionally rough language Doyle really spreads the love around without it getting schmaltzy the locale the characters it makes for warm reading What's as the books go forward the characterizations run deeper and deeper The Jimmy Jr of the Snapper and the Van isn't much less of a cipher than that of the Commitments But the Jimmy Sr who comes into his own in the Snapper then takes over the Van is full fledged a warm and rounded character to the very endMy only complaint is that in many respects things are too good the Rabbittes are too likeable They may bicker and fight but ultimately they're good hearted Whenever Doyle has to paint in a villain the baby's father in the Snapper or Bimbo in the Van he makes them look a little ridiculous even pathetic No things don't work out for the Rabbittes at least in the short run but no real harm is ever done I recommend the books and I'll definitely go in for of the short stories but overall I prefer books that don't need to hug it out in the end

  8. Justin says:

    My standard book review is here but a few personal notes on Barrytown These stories are often hysterical and I've caught myself copying the rhythm and slang of the dialog in my day to day speak; mostly muttering Jaysis under my breath The blurb for The Van made it seem like it was about a couple of buddies following the Irish World Cup team but it really isn't That's not a bad thing mind you; but it's about a crisis of identity and purpose in a fatherhusbandfriend than about some football Just to be clear The Commitments was really hysterical and while it reminded me a ton of playing in a band in high school and even watching my brother lip synch to The Blues Brothers on stage in 8th grade than anything it made me want to tune up the bass dust off the sax and play a few gigs Brilliant storyCan't recommend it enough even if you're not Irish But if you are do yourself a favor Find a good honest pub get yourself a nice pint order some chips and a bit of cod maybe and dive in You won't regret it

  9. jessica says:

    this is uintessential irish charm at its best roddy doyle is a classic and national treasure 45 stars

  10. Emmet says:

    I had read The Snapper and The Van before but the price for The Commitments was better as part of the trilogy so I started reading all three again The Snapper and The Commitments were excellently funny novels that really captured Dublin of the era They also were just challenging enough to make the reader have to think about how the characters ended up where they were Especially The Snapper which took on Sharon's encounter with the father of the sanpper as rape which was and still is today it seems seen by many as her own fault for being too drunk to say no However The Van was challenging for many reasons First of all it's pretty to the point of showing just how depressing being unemployed can be to the point of bleakness For me this made some of the comedy feel off That said most of the comedy is hilarious and I did have numerous chuckles while reading My second problem with The Van was Jimmy Sr's leering at the young women almost everywhere he went Even though I understand the point Doyle is making about Jimmy's slide into depression as he stops making an effort it still feels really perverse to read about a 40something year old man with an erection at the shop counter I'm not sure if I missed a nuance here and this was some dig at society but either way it just was not to my taste Overall this trilogy is a great read Each story is uniue and interesting and somehow sticks to the parameters of a hero story Each time our flawed hero Jimmy jr Sharon Jimmy sr faces a problem and is thrown into extreme situations but always comes out on top

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