The Commitments

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 6, 2013 - Fiction - 176 pages
In the first volume of the Barrytown Trilogy, Roddy Doyle, winner of the Booker Prize for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, introduces The Commitments, a group of fame-starved, working-class Irish youths with a paradoxical passion for the music of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding and a mission—to bring Soul to Dublin. Doyle writes about the band with a fan's enthusiasm and about Dublin with a native's cheerful knowingness. His book captures all the shadings of the rock experience: ambition, greed, and egotism—ans the redeeming, exhilarating joy of making music. The Commitments is one of the most engaging and believable novels about rock'n'roll ever written, a book whose brashness and originality have won it mainstream acclaim and underground cachet.
 

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User Review  - wagner.sarah35 - LibraryThing

I don't know that I've ever read a book that I could nearly sing along to before, which is certainly the case in this short novel about a soul band being formed in Dublin, Ireland. A fun, quick read for anyone who loves soul music or even classic rock. Read full review

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User Review  - bluepigeon - LibraryThing

A very short and funny story about a group of blue collar guys, mostly in their late teens, who form a soul music band. The characters are colorful and the language is very Dublin (I imagine...) In a ... Read full review

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Roddy Doyle is the author of eleven novels, two collections of stories, two books of dialogues and Rory & Ita, a memoir of his parents. He has written seven books for children and has contributed to a variety of publications including The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Metro Eireann and several anthologies. He won the Booker Prize in 1993, for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

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