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The Commitments Paperback – 19 Sep 2013
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"A contender for the funniest debut of the year...young, feisty, funky, rude, unpretentious and great fun" (Time Out)
"Brilliant...it pushes Irish English to wonderful imaginative extremes" (.)
"An Irish version of The Blues Brothers...authentic and brilliantly funny" (Literary Review)
"An absurd comedy of the commonplace...a charming, truthful and immensely funny story which leaves you gasping for more" (Sunday Times)
"One of my favourite trilogies ever, nobody makes hard times as funny as Irish author Roddy Doyle… Beloved classics… The stories will be a balm to your bruised soul." (Image)
The bestselling book behind the long-running West End stage show.
'The musical we've been waiting for... So good I almost wept' Sunday Times
'Hugely enjoyable... Wonderfully funny' Daily Telegraph
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Top Customer Reviews
Still, it's mildly amusing and very short - take out the song lyrics and it's only around 120 pages. The film's much better, not just because I saw that before reading the book, but really because, after all, this is a book about music, so no written description is an adequate substitute for the real thing.
I was absorbed immediately in the vibrant characters and simplicity of the story line. In one respect the book is simple and yet at the same time complex. It truly reflects the Ireland of the era, the economy, the politics, the unemployment, the naivety in many ways that still existed. Respect for parents for example. Fear of the tyrant father or matriarchal mother figure, yet the desire to dream and become something more.
If you love music of any kind this book is for you. I love the way the lyrics to songs are linked throughout the story, often in their entirety. Loved it. If like me you are guilty of never ready The Commitments then don't delay.
The story follows Jimmy Rabbitte as he attempts to put together a soul band from a loose collection of friends in the Barrytown area of Dublin. They don't set out to conquer the world or get stinking rich, they're just looking for a `good crack'. Along the way Rabitte recruits Joey `the Lips' Fagan an old hand who's played with all the Greats but has come back to Dublin to blow some Soul into the Brothers, `there wouldn't be so much trouble if the Brothers has some soul in them' he says. Boys are always brothers and girls are always sisters to Joey `the lips' Fagan. He is on a mission from God but similarities to the Blues Brothers end there. Jimmy then recuits the Commitmentettes who add a bit of Glamour and Deco Cuffe, an arrogant sod with a killer voice to do the singing. Any guesses where the dramatic tensions gonna come from?
All members assembled Rabitte focuses on the process of molding them into a passable Motown Outfit - complete with a memorable stage naming sequence - and Doyle focuses solely on the band.Read more ›
Oddly written in a way, almost like a script, but good fun for what it is.
If you've seen the film or the theatre show, this is the original story and a must read. Cracking pace and flies beautifully - just like the film.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of those rare situations where the film is overwhelmingly better than the book.
I found it dull and plodding. Read more
Hilarious and you can't be offended by the language as it is a record of how it would have been.Published 4 months ago by Ann
after seeing the musical in london quite a few times, i decided to read the novel, as i was reading the novel i could see the show playing out in my head as great chunks of the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by lisa vann
Saw the film but the book is Very funny and worth every penny
Can't wait to read the next one
Read the book and did not enjoy it - saw the show and loved it for the musicPublished 23 months ago by m. gaskell