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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224097814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224097819
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of eleven acclaimed novels including The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van, two collections of short stories, Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents, and most recently, The Guts. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

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"It deploys obscenity with nothing short of comic genius" (Tom Sutcliffe Independent)

"It’s so funny that I could read it over and over, and it will probably end up in the smallest room (really it’s that good)." (Kate Saunders SAGA)

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A collection of sublimely funny dialogues inspired by a year’s worth of news.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Sept. 2014
Format: Hardcover
- So I read this book called Two Pints by Roddy Doyle.
- Doyle, sounds Irish.
- He is, won a book prize back in the `90s for a novel.
- Two Pints is fiction then.
- Yes and no.
- Oo, sounds arty!
- It's two ordinary old Irish fellas in a Dublin pub, shooting the breeze about what's in the news, and it's all about actual stuff that happened from May 2011 to September 2012.
- Right.
- But they're not real - they're just figments of the writer's imagination.
- Go on.
- It's also entirely dialogue based.
- Like a play?
- Yeah - minus the stage directions.
- Ok, so, any good?
- It's realistic-sounding - the two old fellas sounded like real people, I guess.
- Is it full of Irish dialect and stuff, like the Scottish heroin writer's stuff?
- It is, but not as thick, you know, more accessible.
- That doesn't sound like a glowing recommendation - "it sounds realistic"!
- No, but that's tough to pull off, isn't it?
- Is it?
- I suppose so. I'm not a writer.
- No, me either. But I'd hope if I were reading a book about two guys nattering the whole time, I'd want to be interested in what they were nattering about.
- They are interesting, kind of. You get their views on the recession, the euro crisis, various celebrity deaths, sports results.
- Eh, sounds nothing more than mildly interesting gossip. Do they have any insights into any of that?
- Not really, they just comment on it. Bit like those two old muppet guys at the theatre?
- Alright. Can't remember their names.
- No. Doesn't matter anyway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John.M.U.Finney on 25 Dec. 2012
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I bought this little gem after hearing it reviewed on the radio, so I knew what to expect.

It was raw, repellent and delightful. It must be read in the Dublin accents of the two boozers, and you must be immune to the horrors of foul language. I have never heard quite the like of the patter between the men, but I suppose you have to imagine the smell of the Guinness and whiskey, put together all the snatches of bar room memories you retain, double it and there you are. I actually laughed out loud while I read it on my own.

I have no regrets about buying the book, but you do not get many printed words for your money. I hope that Roddy Doyle makes up for this blatant robbery and writes some more of these conversations. However, do not allow anyone under 18 to see it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Funny, witty, to the point. I am ignorant of a lot of Irish current affairs (and football!) so some of this passed over my head.
Loved little Damian and his pets though - could see a spin-off book resulting!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kilmakee on 31 Dec. 2012
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It is rarely that a book causes me to laugh aloud while reading. This one does. It is hilarious. I'm a little unsure whether or not the humour, based on two grumpy old men meeting regularly in a Dublin pub, will travel well. Missing a fifth star because of the language. The book does not need f*** in virtually every sentence.
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Roddy Doyle's humour creeps up on you by surprise, and even on picking Two Pints up to flick through to see what was so funny I find myself doubled up. I kept waking my husband up by laughing out loud. There is a subtle narrative involving several typical characters opening up over a beer in a bar. Their individual stories are told with great economy, and like the Quartermain's Terms, it is as much about the people that are not present as those that are...Politics and philosophy in the guise of unassuming and entertaining humour.
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Having read and enjoyed the majority of Doyle's books this unfortunately falls into the same disappointing pile at Jimmy Jazz and The Guts. It consists of short bursts of conversation between two blokes at a bar but it just doesn't do it, a shame when you compare it to some of the witty dialog in the Barrytown and 'Henry' books - won't be buying the next instalment.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Guy Clapperton on 26 Feb. 2013
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Toddy Doyle site master of comic timing which is pretty damned good when he can't tell how quickly I'm going to be reading. I read this on an all-star hospital appointment an d embarrassed myself by laughing out loud several times. Expect sharp, funny observation, a quick read which doesn't' trouble itself with any real depth. I loved it.
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By terry on 14 July 2014
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Very disappointed in the book. If you dont know about irish politics and phrases humour is lost .
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