- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: VINTAGE; 6th edition (1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749391685
- ISBN-13: 978-0749391683
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,715,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The whole novel is about the loyalty created through the common desire for soul. Soul governs the entire one hundred and sixty-five pages of The Commitments. The American influence of soul on seven Dubliners creates a desire to find out what soul truly is. Soul is sex. Soul is politics. Soul is the antithesis of jazz. The Commitments unleash every ounce of Dublin Soul to their awaiting public. With James Brown as the patriarch, The commitments campaign to give Dublin Soul to Dublin.
The Commitments is a hilarious novel full of almost real people. The only thing separating this book from a transcript of the real world is that all the characters are in Doyle's mind. This is perhaps on of the funniest novels I have ever read. It contained living, vibrant characters that display human qualities of hubris, jealousy, joy, shyness and eventually loss. You will laugh so hard you'll fall to your knees and almost kneecap yourself.
Jimmy, the manager, has got a good head on his shoulders. He knows the music business (having eaten Melody Maker and NME for breakfast every day), so his question for potential band members is simple: What are your influences? He gets a drummer who idolizes Animal of the Muppets, a saxophonist who says Clarence Clemons and the guy from Madness, and trumpet player Joey "The Lips" Fagen, who proves to be the superglue for the group. Joey "The Lips" has played with everybody who was anybody, talks like a southern evangelicist, and, man, can he play that horn. And, because soul music is the music of "ridin'" (read: sex), Jimmy finds The Committmentettes, to provide the visual component as well as backup and lead on songs by the Motown girl groups. Add a piano player, change some lyrics to fit the politics of Ireland, and you have achieved Dublin Soul.
The Beatles were four poor sods from Liverpool, and they only managed to stay together for 9 years. How long are nine desperate for attention Dubliners going to stay together? Ah, there's the rub.
There is true humor in this book, humor that speaks to you if you ever played in a band or follow rock music. There's also enough situational humor to cross over for those who don't necessarily go for this type of book. And there's a moral/point/call-it-what-you-will, as well.
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Disgusting book; I gave it away and the book's recipient agreed with me.Published 10 months ago by Donald A. Collins
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 12 months 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 15 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 19 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 20 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 on May 1, 2014 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 on April 26, 2014 by A. Jones