"Dublin soul" is what the lads call it. Obsessed with James Brown, Percy Sledge and other rhythm-and-blues greats from across the ocean, young Jimmy Rabbitte organizes the "world's hardest working band," made up of fellow Dubliners, and sets out to teach the town a lesson about soul. This cheeky first novel by a Dublin native, punctuated with Irish obscenities and quotes from soul classics, informed by righteous working-class anger and youthful alienation, offers the entertaining and insightful chronicle of The Commitment's rise and inevitable fall. In the process, impromptu sermons on the true meaning of soul are delivered in delightfully offhand fashion ("soul is lifting yourself up, soul is dusting yourself off"). But only a true-blue soul music fan will be able to appreciate the nuances and hear the melodies that resonate throughout the text, as The Commitments recite their slightly skewed versions of songs from the '60s ("when a ma-han loves a wo-man . . . he'll even bring her to stupid places like the zoo-oo-").
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"A contender for the funniest debut of the year...young, feisty, funky, rude, unpretentious and great fun" Time Out "Brilliant...it pushes Irish English to wonderful imaginative extremes" "An Irish version of The Blues Brothers...authentic and brilliantly funny" Literary Review "An absurd comedy of the commonplace...a charming, truthful and immensely funny story which leaves you gasping for more" Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I got this book to take on a vacation and decided to read the first page or two as I was packing. A while later I put away the finished book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pinkie
Roddy Doyle is one of the best writers alive right now and has, for me, revitalized Irish Literature, and literature in general. Read morePublished 4 months ago by H.J.
I would've given this book a "5-star" rating; that said, however, I was needless to say not impressed with the "large-print" font size used to make up the text in... Read morePublished 8 months ago by john
This book is well written. It shows the true life of a band. Once you get past the cursing it is one of the best books you will read.Published 9 months ago by Lydia Morris
received the Italian edition/ very displeased!! Do not speak Italian/ this item needs to be returned as soon as possible!Published 16 months ago by Burned Returner
I heard a review of this author's latest book on MPR, thought he sounded interesting, and decided to read some of his work ... Read morePublished 16 months ago by A. Jones
After hearing an interview with Roddy Doyle, I decided to read his work. So I started with The Commitments. Read morePublished 16 months ago by rudami