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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The Man Booker Prize-winning author takes the pulse of modern Ireland with a masterful new collection of stories.

This was what he said as he came in the back door. Then he turned around and walked back out. Maeve thought he was leaving her. He’d said he was the night before. And she knew it: he was dying

This was what he said as he came in the back door. And she knew it: he was dying. He walked like he’d been stabbed, away from the door, out into the garden. It was after nine but still bright enough, early September. His back to her, crouched, he moved quickly, sideways, clutching something – his stomach. The back door was a slider, all glass. She watched him move down the garden. She waited for him to fall

Roddy Doyle has earned a devoted following for his wry wit, his uncanny ear, and his ability to fully capture the hearts of his characters

Roddy Doyle has earned a devoted following for his wry wit, his uncanny ear, and his ability to fully capture the hearts of his characters. Bullfighting, his second collection of stories, offers a series of bittersweet takes on men and middle-age, revealing a panorama of The Man Booker Prize-winning author takes the pulse of modern Ireland with a masterful new collection of stories. Roddy Doyle has earned a devoted following for his wry wit, his uncanny ear, and his ability to fully capture the hearts of his characters.

Roddy Doyle's short stories will make uncomfortable reading for men of a certain age. Phil Hogan. Sun 17 Apr 2011 0. 5 BST First published on Sun 17 Apr 2011 0. 5 BST.

Roddy Doyle has won acclaim for his wry wit, his uncanny ear, and his remarkable ability to fully capture the voices and hearts of his characters. Bullfighting, his second collection of stories, offers a series of bittersweet takes on men and middle age, revealing a panorama of Ireland today. Moving from classrooms to graveyards, from local pubs to bullrings, these tales of taking stock and reliving past glories feature men concerned with loss-of their place in the world, of their power, virility, health, and ability to love.

In Roddy Doyle’s stories, characters struggle with the funk brought on by middle ag. But you’ve heard this one before: we’re in a story by Roddy Doyle - the title story, in fact, of his new collection, Bullfighting. The running patter of filthy jokes. We could almost be back in Barrytown, the fictional Dublin suburb whose inhabitants Doyle brought to such boisterous, profanity-fueled life back in the late 1980s and early ’90s. But how things have changed since then.

Roddy Doyle has earned a devoted following for his wry wit, his uncanny ear, and his ability to fully capture the hearts of his characters. Bullfighting, his second collection of stories, offers thirteen bittersweet takes on men and middle-age, revealing a panorama of Ireland today. Moving from classrooms to local pubs to bullrings, these tales feature an array of men taking stock and reliving past glories, each concerned with loss in different waysof their place in the world, of their power, their virility, health, and love.

Bullfighting, his second collection of stories, offers a series of bittersweet takes on men and middle age, revealing a panorama of Ireland today.

Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958.

Bullfighting moves from classrooms to graveyards, local pubs to bullrings; featuring an array of men at their working day and at rest, taking stock and reliving past glories. Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of nine acclaimed novels, one collection of short stories and Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. His last book, The Dead Republic, was the final volume in the Henry Smart trilogy. Библиографические данные.

The men in Bullfighting are each concerned with loss in different ways - of their place in their world, of power, virility, love - of the boom days and the Celtic Tiger. 'The stories, his memories, were wearing out' the narrator of the title story thinks, 'and there was nothing new replacing them.' The stories move from classrooms to graveyards, local pubs to bullrings; featuring an array of men at their working day and at rest, taking stock and reliving past glories. In the first, 'Recuperation', a man sets off for a prescribed walk around his neighbourhood, the sights triggering memories and recollections of his wife, his children, his younger days. In 'Animals', George remembers caring for his children's many pets, his efforts to spare them grief when they die or disappear, looking, in the eyes of his wife, like a hero, like 'your man from ER'. But now his kids are reared and he's unemployed, and he's slowly getting used to that. 'Suffer. Your man Krugman said, when he asked how Ireland should deal with the next ten years. Well, this is George, suffering.' Brilliantly observed, funny and moving, the stories in Bullfighting present a new vision of contemporary Ireland, of its woes and triumphs, and of the Irish middle-aged male confronting its new realities.

Comments: (2)

Samowar
I liked the small story for a change. Reading a 600 page book can really stop you from moving too far until you have finished it. I found I enjoyed reading a short story each night before turning off the night. Some funny, some disturbing, it was a good mix. Having said that my husband wasn't a fan of the book.
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The main characters in these short stories by the brilliant Roddy Doyle all have a similar trait to them - they are all middle aged or older and looking back on their lives. Their lives are what most peoples' are: marriage, a career, raising children, coping with losing them when they leave, retirement, the oncoming reality of death.

In "Sleep" an old man stares at his sleeping wife, reflecting on his life, their marriage their family, and an incident years ago when their young son almost died of asthma. In "The Plate" a young couple in the early stages of their relationship argue until the man realises the pain he feels is real and that he has kidney stones. "The Slave" is about a man past middle age, reflecting on his life, post-children (they've moved out) and how he'll cope going forward. And so on.

Which isn't to say they're bad for having an unified theme, in fact coupled with Doyle's deceptively easy prose, they're quite enjoyable to read. I found "The Photograph" about a group of friends carrying on while one of them slowly dies of cancer to be very moving and the denouement perfect. Same with "Teaching" where a man looks back on his career as a school teacher, reflecting on the repetitiveness of teaching, his own lonely life, and how he's helped some of the kids he teaches. It was definitely the most thoughtful piece of the collection and my favourite.

My summaries of these stories don't really do justice to the overall feel of them. To say that someone reflects on their life is to give brevity to something far more profound and reading these stories there is a profundity in them that is very real to the reader. In fact it's this level of focus that I think is where the title comes in - "Bullfighting" isn't about the bloodsport but about fighting against the bulls**t of everyday life, that each of the character's in the book is realising something inescapable about themselves, that's something they can't reframe in their minds.

Like all of Roddy Doyle's books I enjoyed it and found "Bullfighting" to be no less a pleasant experience. But despite that and the fact that there wasn't any one story I found to be a waste of time, the lightness of touch in the stories makes me think I won't remember them for very long and that even the ones I did like will be hard to recall in a year's time, maybe less. And it's this lack of memorable aspects to the stories that makes me think this isn't one of his best books. So, a decent read and good for whiling away a few hours, but strangely insubstantial for a book dealing with such weighty issues.
Bullfighting download epub
Short Stories & Anthologies
Author: Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0224091441
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Language: English
Publisher: Random House Export (April 1, 2011)