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Paddy Clarke, ha-ha-ha
Roddy Doyle
Adult Fiction DOYLE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Doyle's Booker Prize-winning novel, told from the perspective of Irish, working-class 10-year-old Paddy Clarke, was a seven-week PW bestseller. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Paddy Clarke is ten years old. He lives with his ma and da, his younger brother Sinbad (``at home he was Francis''), and two baby sisters in the Dublin working-class neighborhood of Barrytown. Paddy spends his days with his friends Kevin, Aiden, and Liam, roaming local construction sites (it's the late 1960s, and suburbia is creeping over the Irish countryside), writing their names in wet cement, conducting Viking funerals for dead rats, and torturing Sinbad (``Big brothers hated their little brothers. They had to. It was the rule.''). 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 ( The Commitments , Vintage, 1989; The Snapper and The Van , LJ 7/92), 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 . The U.S. publication date of this book was changed from April 1994 to December after it won the prize.--Ed.-- Wilda Williams, ``Library Journal'' (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Patrick "Paddy" Clarke
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Age: 10
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Francis "Sinbad" Clarke
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