Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle

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In this national bestseller and winner of the Booker Prize, Roddy Doyle, author of the "BarrytownTrilogy," takes us to a new level of emotional richness with the story of ten-year-old Padraic Clarke.Witty and poignant--and adored by critics and readers alike--Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha charts thetrumphs, indignities, and bewilderment of Paddy as he tries to make sense of his changing world.

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RODDY DOYLE is the author of nine novels, most recently The Dead Republic, a collection of short stories, and a nonfiction book about the lives of his parents. In 1993 he won the Man Booker Prize for his novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and his novel The Van was a finalist for the prize. He has also written four screenplays as well as several stage plays and books for children and young adults. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Published January 1, 1995 by Penguin Books. 290 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Paddy, who lives with his three siblings and parents in a modest house--the only one with a room his mother insists on calling "the drawing room"--details in vivid colloquialisms his pranks, his dreams, and the wonderfully imaginative if harmlessly naughty games children devise when released from...

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As Paddy becomes aware that his parents' marriage is disintegrating, Doyle's control of his protagonist's voice remains unerring, and the gradual transition of Paddy's thoughts from the hurly-burly of play and pranks to a growing fear and misery about his father's alcoholic and abusive behavior i...

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Entertainment Weekly

And the butt of his playmates' cruel doggerel humor: ''Paddy Clarke/ Paddy Clarke/Has no da./Ha ha ha!'' Without ever raising his voice, or violating Paddy's, Roddy Doyle has created a small, resonant masterpiece.

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The Independent

I was on my own.' Now the novel's winning title finds its context, not as the happy hoot of Paddy's being, but in other voices chanting on the playground: 'Paddy Clarke - / Paddy Clarke - / Has no da / Ha ha ha.' The resilient hero has already adopted a new swagger, the worldliness of the man o...

Jun 13 1993 | Read Full Review of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

The Bookbag

Clearly I'm not alone, as in 1993, the year Roddy Doyle's Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha won the Booker Prize, the bestseller lists contained John Grisham, Sue Townsend and Jeffrey Archer.

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