- Publication Date:
- 05 July 2012
- Modern & Contemporary
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Love the Roddy! This is where he is best - short and (seemingly) simple stories about your average Irish Joe. Some of them made me squirm, others laugh out loud, but they all made me think. My favorites were Bullfighting (but haven't i read that one before?), The Dog, and Funerals. But I liked all the descriptions of the men in pubs...can't help picturing The Constitution in Westminster. (my local!)
Not a lot happens in the stories in Bullfighting, but there’s a lot going on. The characters are all fighting. Fighting health, fighting age, regret, loneliness, deteriorating marriages. Parents are losing children to adulthood and their own parents to childhood. They fight back with love. Love of life, children and family; and plain inner strength.A man trying to regain his health walks an unwavering daily route through his neighborhood. Memories are triggered by the sites he passes. Memories of better days in his now loveless marriage. A man copes with a friend’s death while he deals with his own health problems. Another feels so distant from his wife of 26 years that he agonizes over whether to tell her a joke and if she’ll see it as a sign of his desperation to reconnect. A man develops a taste for blood in his middle age; another for funerals.In Bullfighting, Roddy Doyle portrays family as a weakness, and also a source of great strength and resolve to live.
Doyle has written a funny and moving collection of contemporary short stories about the pleasures and woes of middle aged men.
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