Smile

Smile From the author of the Booker Prize winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha a bold haunting novel about the uncertainty of memory and how we contend with the past Just moved into a new apartment alone for th

  • Title: Smile
  • Author: Roddy Doyle
  • ISBN: 9780735224445
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the author of the Booker Prize winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, a bold, haunting novel about the uncertainty of memory and how we contend with the past.Just moved into a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly s for a pint, a slow one One evening his drink is interrupted A man in shorts and a pink shirt comes overFrom the author of the Booker Prize winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, a bold, haunting novel about the uncertainty of memory and how we contend with the past.Just moved into a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly s for a pint, a slow one One evening his drink is interrupted A man in shorts and a pink shirt comes over and sits down He seems to know Victor s name and to remember him from secondary school His name is Fitzpatrick.Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes, too, the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers He prompts other memories of Rachel, his beautiful wife who became a celebrity, and of Victor s own small claim to fame, as the man who would say the unsayable on the radio But it s the memories of school, and of one particular brother, that Victor cannot control and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity.Smile has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous the razor sharp dialogue, the humor, the superb evocation of adolescence, but this is a novel unlike any he has written before When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to reevaluate everything you think you remember so clearly.

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    1. 4.317 stars - - - are you looking? my first roddy doyle novel, i felt a not quite mirror image, not quite chum from long ago, not quite similar inner dialogue to julian barnes's the sense of an ending. (there i go again)ctor forde, fifty-four yrs old, separated (though never married) from his long time companion, rachel, and son, moves to a new neighborhood in a small flat. among a small handful of local pubs around his domicile, he chooses donnelly's as his spot of choice. here's his chance for [...]

    2. 3+ stars. Roddy Doyle has been around for a long time. I had read some of his earlier novels and not much since. I've never been to Ireland but always feel that he captures the sensibility of his country. I liked Smile for that reason. But I didn't love it. It's an oddly almost dreamy short novel told from the perspective of first person narrator Victor. Victor's story jumps around in time. He tells the story from his 54 year old perspective, now finding himself alone, with only pub mates as his [...]

    3. I received a copy of this book in a giveaway.Smile is one of those exquisite, beautifully-written novels that unfortunately doesn't go anywhere. A psychological thriller of repression and recognition, it's a mysterious tale but one that I think could have gone much deeper than it did. I certainly enjoyed the characters, and the plot vaguely reminded me of my favourite short story, Bartleby the Scrivener, but even at the best of times, Smile felt flat and impassive. It was an easy read, took abo [...]

    4. 4.5 rounded upOne reviewer: ". All the reviews that talked about the shocking twist had to be paid off because anyone could see that twist coming."BS. I was knocked off my chair. If there was one word to describe how I felt after finishing this novel, I think it would have to be "shocked." I just sat here thinking about the last page, and continued to think about it for hours. It really is the kind of ending that will stay with you for a long, long time; you might also want to consider followin [...]

    5. This is my first taste of a Roddy Doyle novel and this book highlighted to me the authors excellent writing style, full of wit with a disturbing backdrop. Having just moved into a new apartment, Victor Forde goes to Donnelly’s pub for a pint, He is interrupted by a strangely dressed man in shorts and a pink shirt who sits down next to him. He seems to know Victor’s name and to remember him from school, and tells Victor his name is Fitzpatrick. Victor takes an instant dislike to Fitzpatrick a [...]

    6. We’ve got a couple of months to go, but it’s safe to say that Roddy Doyle’s “Smile” is the most bitterly ironic title of 2017.Ha, ha, ha, indeed.Doyle, who won the Booker Prize in 1993 for his portrayal of young Paddy Clarke, is the Irish master of crumpled hope — and no country provides stiffer competition in that category.His new novel offers a deceptively languid plot laced with menace. Paced more like a short story than a novel, “Smile” creates contradictory feelings of poign [...]

    7. (Contains spoilers)As soon as you reach the end of Roddy Doyle’s extraordinary novel, ‘Smile’, you’re tempted to go back and read it straight through again to work out whether you should have anticipated the narrative trick Doyle has just pulled and whether or not the whole thing actually works.I have done just that and I have to admit I’m not entirely convinced that it does – I’m still baffled, and I’m still worried that in ‘Smile’ the great Roddy Doyle might have, literally [...]

    8. Smile by Roddy Doyle is a psychological novel that touches on memory, repression, isolation and the desire for friendship. The main protagonist, Victor, goes each evening to a local pub for a few drinks. One evening, he meets a man in shorts and a pink shirt. His name is Fitzpatrick. Victor doesn't recognize the man, nor particularly like him, but apparently they went to school together. During their time together Fitzpatrick stirs up memories of Victor's time at school which are often conflicti [...]

    9. Roddy Doyle does gritty, real life Dublin life with a sense of humour and a great ear for dialogue. It's what he is famous for. Recently he published a series of short dialogues on current affairs, narrated over a pint of beer in a bar (Two Pints). These were previously published in newspapers and were, at best, ephemeral. So in Smile, where we meet Victor Forde down the pub, having a series of conversations over beer, it is difficult to disengage from Two Pints and see the conversation as somet [...]

    10. I knew what I'd just done. I'd invented something that would live for years. My own monster, and I was giving it to my friends, the only people I cared about and the only people who really, really frightened me, because of how things shifted, how the wrong word, the wrong shirt, the wrong band, an irresistible smile, could destroy you. You had to have something useful, your size or a temper, or a sister. The Brothers were zombies. Because I said they were.It has been a lot of years since I read [...]

    11. 'Smile' by Roddy Doyle is a definite change from his normal books. Although his huge talent for creating realistic, memorable characters, wonderful dialogue and wit exists in this novel, 'Smile' examines a much more sinister topic than in previous books and delves into the heart breaking repercussions and the lifetime effects of abuse for Victor, the novels main character. This is an immensely brave novel from Doyle. Initially I thought the ending strange as I hadn’t guessed the outcome throug [...]

    12. I kept changing my mind as I was listening to this audiobook (read by Doyle himself) but now that I’m finished (and have mopped up my tears), I’m calling it a small, quiet masterpiece. If you've enjoyed any of Doyle's writing in the past or want a nice introduction to how powerful his writing can be, this is a great place to start--and since you're better off not knowing much about the book going into it, you might as well just read it real quick.

    13. *2.5 stars*Victor, having recently left a long-term relationship, moves into an apartment in his old neighbourhood and begins frequenting his local on a regular basis. One night he is approached by a man named Fitzpatrick who remembers Victor from their days at the Christian Brothers school. Try as he might, Victor cannot remember Fitzpatrick. The book alternates between the present day at the pub, scenes from Victor’s successful life prior to the breakup with his partner, and remembrances fro [...]

    14. This follows our protagonist Victor as he flashes between events of his childhood and his new life as an adult bachelor.
I enjoyed the idea of this book, but not quite the execution of it. It felt like we didn't ever get into the story and the character, we were always just skimming over the top. It didn't always quite make sense and I struggled the whole time to really see where the story was headed.
The very start of the book has a very sinister tone and suggests at a mystery. Then we make [...]

    15. I really can't decide, on balance, whether I liked this book.Loved: the dialogue (nobody writes dialogue like Roddy Doyle), the humour, the sense of placeDisliked: the mid-life moaning, the sourness about lifeBut the ending upsets everything! It came out of nowhere, and upends all your expectations, and now I'm not sure how I feel.But I think I like it more now than I did while reading it

    16. A powerful voice in Irish writing returns  with an evocative novel illustrating once again the misery, pain and ruined lives caused by the sexual abuse scandal prevalent within the Catholic Church from the 1950's. Victor Forde is now a lone single man who spends part of each day in Donnelly's public house. He makes the acquaintance of Fitzpatrick, who he instantly takes a dislike to. There is something strange and unwarranted about this individual, that wakes some very painful memories in the m [...]

    17. This is one of those books that is difficult to review in any depth without spoiling it for others, but here are just a few very general thoughts. There are many of the ingredients you’d expect from a Roddy Doyle book, brilliant banter for one and this is just as entertaining as ever, the pub atmosphere too is spot on. The story seems fairly straightforward to begin with - a middle-aged man at a crossroads in his life, moving back into the area he grew up in, reflecting on his life and all the [...]

    18. If I had to choose a favourite book for 2017, I’m pretty sure it would be this one. Roddy Doyle’s Smile is a welcome return to form by the master of bittersweet black comedy, dialogue and drama.It’s one of those novels you begin, thinking it’s about one thing — a middle-aged man picking up the pieces of his life after his marriage breaks down — only to discover by the denouement that it is something else entirely, something more emotionally powerful and disturbing, something that mak [...]

    19. This is entertaining throughout and occasionally quite moving but - and I can't think of anyway to say this without creating a spoiler - the resolution amounts to nothing more than the worst 'it was all a dream after all' stories. It's not a dream and I understand and appreciate the rationale behind somebody being so damaged as to fabricate an imaginary life, but I just felt cheated.

    20. Victor Forde is newly separated from his partner of over 3 decades, living alone in an apartment in Dublin near where he grew up. One evening at the pub, he is approached by a man who calls himself Ed Fitzgerald and claims to know Victor from their years in a Catholic boys' high school in the 1970s. Victor doesn't initially remember Ed and feels uncomfortable around him. The books shifts back and forth between Victor's current life as a newly-single man trying to make new friends, and his memori [...]

    21. - 2/5. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via the giveaway."Smile" tells the story of Victor Forde, a 54 year old Irishman, recently living alone for the first time in years. Becoming a regular at his new hometown pub, Donnelly's, Victor encounters Ed Fitzpatrick, a former classmate who brings back memories of their school. The story is then told in alternating parts, focusing on Victor's past at the Christian Brothers school and with his celebrity wife, Rachel, and the pres [...]

    22. Victor Forde has left his cosseted Northside life as a minor celebrity, based somewhat on his journalism and radio punditry, but mostly on his "marriage" to A-list celebrity Rachel Carey. After 30 years, she has broken the relationship off, and Victor has moved back to the Southside, near the neighborhood in which he grew up, and tries to get on with his life. Spending the evening in his new local, he is greeted by an old schoolmate, "Eddie" Fitzpatrick, who inspires him to ruminate on paper abo [...]

    23. When it comes to dialogue, and monologue which the majority of the novel is, you know you're in the hands of a master with Roddy Doyle. It reads like an account to a fellow in a pub, a tall tale dare I day without giving too much away. There is a dark sense of tragedy and loneliness and as a middle aged man it resonated. However ultimately the characters seemed a little 2D, and the ending baffling, underdeveloped and a little disappointing, considering all the reviews promise a clever denouement [...]

    24. To be honest, I didn't really enjoy reading Smile all that much. I rushed through it, in part because it was due back to the library and in part because I just am not that interested in reading about some guy having raunchy sex with his beautiful wife. Or girlfriend, or whatever. The language is consistently foul -- the f word, the c word. When you're speed reading, the fact that the f word can be a verb, a noun, an adjective or an adverb can be a little confusing, especially when it's three dif [...]

    25. Having read only one other Roddy Doyle book previously (The Snapper) and disliked it immensely I had resolved never to read another. Except, I then read a fantastic review of Smile by a friend, whose judgement I trust wholeheartedly. She extolled the virtues of the book and wasn’t wrong. I devoured this novel. What could on the surface appear to be an engaging memoir-cum-midlife crisis story, quickly becomes something much deeper. When I began reading Smile I had not thought to allow for any o [...]

    26. My first Roddy Doyle novel. I am so glad that I picked this up in to store on a whim and didn’t read any reviews before hand so I was completely surprised through the progression of this book to the very last twist! What a fantastic story of memory and regression.

    27. Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle’s 11th novel, “Smile,” employs his sly humor and unparalleled ear for banter between convincingly imperfect characters to craft an unsettling work of psychological suspense, complete with a jaw-dropping revelation that will haunt the reader long after turning the last page.At first glance, Victor Forde seems to be the slightly lost hero of a typical midlife crisis novel. At loose ends after a failed marriage to a celebrity chef, he returns to the Dub [...]

    28. What an uneasy pleasure it is, to find yourself slipping into the clutches of a good book, when the subject matter is cruelty and hypocrisy, and the interminable pain one human being can inflict on another.And "Smile" is an easy book to slip into. How Doyle can so quickly pull a reader into the rather ordinary life of Victor Forde, without any gimmicks or hooks, is a wonder.When we meet Victor, he is stuck in a kind of memory-limbo, where he can't quite remember and can't quite forget something [...]

    29. This book completely blew me away - I had to keep reading it and I finished it in two days. It's a very sad and disturbing story following Victor, who returns to the area of Dublin he lived as a child after splitting up with his wife. There, in the local pub, he meets a man who claims to have known him at school, but who he can't remember. As he looks back over his life, from his schooldays with the Christian Brothers to his career as a radio journalist, and his marriage to a successful and famo [...]

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