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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Roddy Doyle "Larry Linnane Loved His Daughters"

"Larry Linnane Loved His Daughters" (2007) by Roddy Doyle

"Under Pressure-The Writer and Society 1960 to 1990"-Chapter Thirty-Two of Imaging Ireland by Decland Kiberd

The Irish Quarter

Roddy Doyle is one of Ireland's highest regarded contemporary writers.   

Official Author Bio 

Roddy Doyle is the author of nine novels, a collection of stories, and Rory & Ita, a memoir of his parents. He has written five books for children and has contributed to a variety of publications including The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Metro Eireann and several anthologies. He won the Booker Prize in 1993, for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.
Roddy has written for the stage and his plays include Brownbread and Guess Who’s Coming For The Dinner. He co-adapted with Joe O’Byrne his novel The Woman who Walked into Doors and he co-wrote with Bisi Adigun a new version of The Playboy of the Western World.
He also wrote the screenplays for The Snapper, The Van, Family, When Brendan Met Trudy and he co-wrote the screenplay for The Commitments.
He lives and works in Dublin

The story l post on today by Roddy Doyle is  about an older man, a man sort of trying to figure out how he got to where he is in life and trying to shrug off the pain and the failures and get on with what is left of his life.    I have been trying to do just that for a long time and I loved this story.

"Larry Linnane Loved His Daughters" is the story of a man who is trying to get over a heart attack by walking.   His doctor told him he has to exercise so he has started walking everyday.   As he walks he thinks back on his life.  He has three daughters and he thinks about his relationship with them as he walks.   He loves having three daughters .   He tries to be a good father but he is selfish enough to enjoy being pampered by them.   As they get to be adults they still live at home and he is proud his relationship with them is so good he can talk to them about their sex lives.  Then one day something happens that just might change everything.   This is a very good story,I do think maybe it is a story that will be most liked by men over fifty with daughters.   

You can read this story for free by downloading the sample edition of Deportees and Other Short Stories by Roddy Doyle.

For sure I will be reading more of the work Doyle

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