The Guts, by Roddy Doyle

Find in catalogIf you liked _The Commitments_ (also a movie), you’ll like this one, too. The same characters, further on in life. Mostly we follow Jimmy Rabbitte and his family, as well as his friends, on his path sorting out the challenges of aging, illness, and relationships.
The writing style is also like the the previous book, with only dashes to indicate quotes, and the speakers only sometimes identified. I took this emphasis on spoken words as partly a remark about a life in sound. (Since the movie had a soundtrack of music, even better…)
I get put off by this style, but Doyle is such a good writer that I am soon drawn in. See if you are, too.

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