I picked up The Commitments again after listening to Roddy on Radio 2 recently talking about the new book he's written about Jimmy. I have always loved the film and was ashamed to think I had never read the book.
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.