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The Barrytown Trilogy

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I recommend the books, and I'll definitely go in for more of the short stories, but overall, I prefer books that don't need to hug it out in the end. The second - my favorite - focuses on the dad as he deals with his eldest daughter's out-of-wedlock pregnancy and seemingly just a glancing sweep of the daughter.

I stumbled on this trilogy by accident and, unlike the film, it was though I came in at the beginning. I'm lopsided in my praise of this series because as a Dublin man with a gurrier of a Da I felt like I was reading excerpts from my own life. The setting, fictional Barrytown, is perfect as it reminded me of stories I heard growing up, one's like my Ma and Da owning the only phone in their estate in the late 80's so they'd have a queue outside their gaff every Sunday. Reading the tales herein made me appreciate the film of THE COMMITMENTS more on rewatch (after a lukewarm reaction when it first came out).

There are still the humorous bits but it's the struggle to maintain self-respect in this particular culture and the slow death of a friendship. I laughed out loud through all three books, welled up a number of times, and recognized my own Irish family -- sometimes painfully -- on every page. As a whole, the series will go down as one of the greatest pieces of Irish fiction ever written and this is from a country that brought the world books such as Gullivers Travels and The Dubliners. A few remarkable and lovable characters in there, but I felt like I was reading a 150 pages long short story.

No, things don't work out for the Rabbittes -- at least in the short run -- but no real harm is ever done.A musical and stage play based on the first two installments of the series have also been produced, ongoing from 2013 and 2018. Sharon Rabbitte is one of the daughters who accidentally is knocked up the pole by a local married resident. These are stories of the heart, a window into that part of the world and interactions that are universal with a real Irish flavor. The film also stars Ger Ryan, Rúaidhrí Conroy, Brendan O'Carroll, Stuart Dunne, Marie Mullen, and Jon Kenny.

For the film adaptation of The Van, Doyle and Myles formed their own production company, Deadly Films, and the author was given creative control over the selection of its cast and director. I actually rediscovered the Rabbitte family when I stumbled across Doyle's recently written and published sequel "The Guts" (a must read, too! After a few pages, the style no longer interfered as I got used to dashes replacing quotation marks, Amazing how the sound of Irish speech could be revealed in words. The first part "The Commitments", in my opninion, is the poorer history, The Snapper and The Van are "deeper" , The Van wins. The first stories weren't new to me, having watched "The Commitments" and "The Snapper" before, so "The Van" actually ended up being my favorite story.The film deals with themes of unemployment and self-worth, as Brendan "Bimbo" Reeves ( Donal O'Kelly) and Larry ( Colm Meaney) cope with losing their jobs and embark on a partnership to sell fried food from the eponymous van.

The Snapper (1993) premiered at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation. has for his family, along with the warmth of his interactions, was a bright light in an otherwise subdued narrative. The Snapper and The Commitments were excellently funny novels that really captured Dublin of the era. The Commitments (1987) charts the rise (and even more rapid fall) of Jimmy Rabbitte’s soul band and their bid for stardom in 1980s Dublin. The Commitments is lightweight, inspired and inspiring, The Snapper richer, funnier but darker, The Van sadder, and more desperate as it underlines the loss of confidence and self-respect synonymous with losing one's income.Set thirty years later, The Guts follows the younger Jimmy Rabbitte as he is suffering from bowel cancer. and because I was laughing so hard in the next bed she finally talked me into ripping apart my book as I was reading it so she could also have something wonderful.

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