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If you smiled at the wrong boy you were back to being a slut and you might get a hiding from his girlfriend, and she'd be a slut for pulling your hair and you'd be one for letting her. It tells a tale that, by the end has an outcome where all of the victims of Charlo's violence are still alive - if they actually have lives, remains to be seen.Boys could ask you to go with them and you couldn't ask them. The setting, the words, and sadly the result are essentially the same. I decided to re-read this before reading the sequel Paula Spencer.I had forgotten just how good this book is, just how well Doyle does a female protagonist.The book is painful and sad and unflinching in it's descriptions of marital abuse and alcoholism but as always, Doyle adds in warmth and humor to make it all hurt less.I was satisfied with the ending of this one.i need to be honest. but since they are 'contemporary classics,' shouldn't they stick to the ribs longer? but it will vanish like most of the quick british/irish reads i've been enjoying lately, i.e. if these were romance novels, or anne rivers sheldon beach reads, then that would be expected.
The book is heartbreaking and gut-wrenching and so well done.
Not great literature, mind you; but Doyle clearly has an ear. He has an ‘ear’ here too, in this otherwise depressing tale. It’s as if, fresh off his Booker, he decided to write a novel about domestic violence. It’s hard for me to understand because I’ve never had the urge. This book did nothing to help my understanding or my sadness. His books contain a certain amount of humour but that is because he writes "slice of life" stories.
Those ones have heard The Speech before, but they act as if they haven’t. I read it because I read Roddy Doyle’s Two Pints and thought it was hilarious. Normally his books are fast reads, he writes is an easy going flowing way.
Capturing both her vulnerabil Paula Spencer is a thirty-nine-year-old working-class woman struggling to reclaim her dignity after marriage to an abusive husband and a worsening drinking problem. She calls herself ‘The woman who walked into walls’ four times in four pages. It is a love story The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle. Normally his books are fast reads, he writes is an easy going flowing way.
Paula recalls her contented childhood, the audacity she learned as a teenager, the exhilaration of her romance with Charlo, and the marriage to him that left her feeling powerless. His books contain a certain amount of humour but that is because he writes "slice of life" stories.