The Commitments, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Barrytown, Dublin, has something to sing about. The Commitments are spreading the gospel of the soul.

Ably managed by Jimmy Rabitte, brilliantly coached by Joel 'The Lips' Fagan, their twin assault on Motown and Barrytown takes them by leaps and bounds from Paris Hall to immortality on vinyl.

But can The Commitments live up to their name?




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The summary initially attracted me to this book: a group of unruly youths get together to bring soul to Ireland - and bizarrely, they kind of do. Proving some things are universal, they face ego-problems, overzealous manager, delusions of grandeur, and struggles that transcend language barriers (I sometimes felt I needed a dictionary for the thick slang/accent combination being thrown around). <br/><br/>While most of the characters are strong (Mickey, for example, who is guaranteed a riot), the only complaint I have is that others feel almost interchangeable. I finally gave up and had to mentally refer to these by what instrument they played.<br/><br/>Still, overall very funny - anyone who ever wanted to start a band as a teenager will laugh with them, sometimes at them, but always secretly rooting for them to succeed.