0224098322
The guts / Roddy Doyle.
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Author: Doyle, Roddy, 1958-
Publication year: 2013
Media class: Book
Publisher: Jonathan Cape 2013
ISBN: 9780224098328 (hbk.) :
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Jimmy Rabbitte is back. The man who invented the Commitments back in the eighties is now 47, with a loving wife, four kids - and bowel cancer. Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle - his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay money for their resurrected singles and albums. On his path through Dublin he meets two of the Commitments - Outspan, whose own illness is probably terminal, and Imelda Quirk, still as gorgeous as ever. He is reunited with his long-lost brother and learns to play the trumpet.
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I haven't read Roddy Doyle's earlier book 'The Commitments', but have seen the movie of that work and really enjoyed the exuberant portrayal of the anarchic rise and fall of a blues band from a background of recession in Dublin's Northside. Doyle turned down many opportunities to revisit 'The Commitments' when offered the chance to work on a stage musical of the story, but having seen the musical eventually make it to the theatre, it seems the time was right for him to update the Rabbitte saga. This time around Jimmy is in middle age and facing a health crisis (bowel cancer, hence the name of the book), financial pressure (a fall off in demand for the retro CDs and concerts he has been selling to music fans of his era), and marriage strains as the stresses of his health, finances and ever-hungry kids take their toll. I would say this book has a lot of great moments, but is not the best that Doyle has written. That said, there are plenty of laugh out loud moments, often due to the in
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cameron2014
Kingston
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