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The Commitments Spiral-bound – 1 Feb 1988
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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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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. Suggesting that there wouldn't be so much trouble in Ireland if people chilled out and listened to some good old Soul music is about as political the book gets, there's a bit of love interest with the Commitmentettes but we never see any of them outside the context of the band meeting or rehersals or gigs, we never stray from this core group of characters and locations, the writing is low on descriptive exposition and heavy on the dialogue which is spoken in a thick Dublin accent which I never found tough to understand. It all contributes to a fun and breezy little treat, it's never spectacular but it will put a big smile on your face.
One last thing to mention if you do plan on reading it; brush up on you Motown. The rehersal sequences especially are full of lyrics and dums and da das for the rhythm and beat. If you know the song your singing along with them, if your don't your kinda stumped. 'Night Train' and 'What becomes of the broken hearted' are essential study. Class is now in session.
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 found it dull and plodding. I only completed the read because I had enjoyed the film and was hoping it would get better later in the book.
Sadly, it did not.
Give this a miss and stick to watching the film.
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