Two Pints

Two Pints

Book - 2012
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Two men meet for a pint in a Dublin pub. They chew the fat, set the world to rights, take the piss. They talk about their wives, their kids, their kids' pets, their football teams and - this being Ireland in 2011-12 -about the euro, the crash, the presidential election, the Queen's visit. But these men are not parochial or small-minded; one of them knows where to find the missing Colonel Gadaffi (he's working as a cleaner at Dublin Airport); they worry about Greek debt, the IMF and the bondholders ( whatever they might be); in their fashion, they mourn the deaths of Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Davy Jones and Robin Gibb; and they ask each other the really important questions like 'Would you ever let yourself be digitally enhanced?' Inspired by a year's worth of news, Two Pints distils the essence of Roddy Doyle's comic genius. This book shares the concision of a collection of poems, and the timing of a virtuoso comedian.
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape, 2012
Description: 89 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780224097819
Branch Call Number: Doyl


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Jan 03, 2015

This very slight book (89 pages) is almost a caricature of the Irish. One felt that Doyle wrote it for the money.

Cdnbookworm Jun 12, 2013

This short novel is an ongoing conversation beginning in May 2011 and ending in April 2012 between two male friends in a pub. With commentary on current events in politics, entertainment, sports, and other topics of interest, the two men show humour, wit, and emotion. There are also elements of the absurd, as in the antics and interests of the one man's grandson Damien and his interest in animals. This book had me laughing out loud. Doyle makes his characters come alive as usual, and his comedic timing is spot on.

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