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Bullfighting: Stories
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A second collection of stories from the Booker Prize-winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha HaWatch for Roddy Doyle's new novel, Smile, coming in October of 2017

Roddy Doyle has won acclaim for his wry wit, his uncanny ear, and his remarkable ability to fully capture the voices and hearts of his characters. Bullfighting, his second collection of stories, offers a series of bittersweet takes on men and middle age, revealing a panorama of Ireland today. Moving from classrooms to graveyards, from local pubs to bullrings, these tales of taking stock and reliving past glories feature men concerned with loss—of their place in the world, of their power, virility, health, and ability to love.

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Roddy Doyle. (2011). Bullfighting: Stories. Penguin Publishing Group.

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Watch for Roddy Doyle's new novel, Smile, coming in October of 2017

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        The men in Doyle's sardonic and bittersweet collection are teetering on the edge of middle age, and while they're not always desperate to stay young, there's something terrifying about the future for each of them. Doyle (The Dead Republic) homes in on that fear and doses each tale with his trademark dark humor. In "Recuperation," Mr. Hanahoe walks his Dublin neighborhood as part of a forced exercise regimen, giving him the opportunity to assess his unraveling life: a wife who sleeps in a separate bedroom, kids grown up, no social interactions. Then there's Terence in "The Slave," who finds a dead rat in his kitchen and embarks on a mental game of what if? The nameless narrator in "Blood" lands in a predicament generally not associated with midlife crises: he develops an insatiable thirst for blood. Soothed at first by eating raw steaks and chops, he soon determines the real root of his cravings, to bad results. Doyle, with his ear for Dublin colloquialisms, is never better than in "Animals," where George remembers his children's long-dead pets, and "Sleep," where Tom watches his wife in bed and feels the years slip away. They're the men for whom reflection, even when tinged with regret, is cathartic.

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        January 1, 2011

        Man Booker Prize winner for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, Doyle here offers his second collection of short stories, which presents a panorama of contemporary Ireland by presenting ordinary men making their ordinary way through life. Eight of the 13 stories appeared previously in The New Yorker. Roddy Doyle rah rah rah; get for all smart readers.

        Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        The middle-aged men in Doyles Dublin are mostly ordinary. Forced to deal with the commonplace ailments and episodes of everyday lifechildren, pets, infidelity, marriage, divorce, the pub, aging parents, cancer, deaththey must come to terms with their lot in life. Some have regrets and doubts, are haunted by incidents from the past. For others, there is acceptance, even satisfaction and contentment. In Funerals, a middle-aged man finds that he actually enjoys the weekly outings with his aging parents to the funerals of their old friends. In The Slave, a dead rat discovered in the kitchen saps the confidence out of a father. In Bullfighting, several mates share a holiday away from their families near Valencia, Spain. And in Doyles hands, the most unusualoutr'story, Blood, in which a Dubliner develops a strong craving for blood, fits in perfectly. Doyle has a way with character, and he uses dialogue as much to develop a character as he does to tell a story. Although these stories might depict the mundanity of urban life, they do it with aplomb.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2011, American Library Association.)

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