Roddy Doyles Paddy Clark: No More Laughing For Pad Essay

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Roddy Doyles Paddy Clark: No More Laughing For Paddy

Roddy Doyle's Paddy Clark: No More Laughing for Paddy

Yer Name Here Poetry/Fiction Paddy Clarke

Roddy Doyle's Paddy Clarke HA HA HA was a beautifully written book. It
perfectly captures the mind of a ten year old boy in Ireland during the mid-
1960's. Paddy Clarke, the young boy who Doyle uses to enter the mind of a ten
year old, is a boy who most can relate to. The book explores most aspects of
life through the eyes of Paddy. Doyle takes us through childhood and childhood's
end. Doyle is able to seize the complexities of life, but at the same time
simplify them enough for ten year old.
Everything is a mystery or an adventure to Paddy and his friends. From
taking over construction sites to receiving polio check-ups. However not
everything is a game to Paddy. His parents lack of compatibility troubles Paddy
and his brother Sinbad greatly. The intensity of his parents arguments
accelerate as the book goes on. At times Paddy feels he can stop them, at one
point he considers himself a "referee" in the fights. "I didn't know what I'd do.
If I was there he wouldn't do it again, that was all."(p.191) He ends up
contemplating who he would want to win. He comes to the conclusion that he would
want his mom to win because she does so much for him, however his father is his
father and he loves him.
Sinbad reacts differently to his parents fighting. He doesn't try to
intervene or stop them. In fact he closes up, he implodes emotionally. He cuts
himself off from everyone. During one of their parents arguments Paddy tries to
talk to Sinbad, but Sinbad shuts himself off. ""Sinbad?" He didn't answer. He
wasn't asleep though, I knew the breathing. I could hear him listening. I didn't
move. I didn't want him to think I was going to get him." (p.222)
This drama did not effect me as much as the daily life. The fights I
could not relate to. I had never experienced arguments of such high caliber. But
inevitably I had experienced the life of a ten year old. I could relate to
Paddy's reactions to certain situations at school. For instance when Paddy and
his grade are in line to receive check-ups a joke is made and Paddy says, " I
laughed harder than I had to. We all did" (p.144).
Doyle was able to allow me to not just be a reader but an actor. He was
able to make me believe that I was part of Paddy Clarke. Just the way the book
was set up brought me closer to the days of being ten. The book was formatted
like Paddy's mind. Jumping from thought to thought and scene to scene. This low
attention span was what really brought me in to Doyle's world.
I believe that this book won the Booker Prize because of the way the
book is able to avoid sentiment but touch on the important aspects of being ten.
Doyle is able to take the life of a young boy and make it interesting, humorous,
and most of all meaningful. It touches on subjects of life that adults still
have trouble conquering. "Why do people not like each other?" is a question
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