The Snapper

The Snapper

by Roddy Doyle


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From the Booker Prize-winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, the follow up to his acclaimed debut novel The Commitments

Watch for Roddy Doyle’s new novel, Smile, coming in October of 2017
Twenty-year-old Sharon Rabbitte is pregnant. She's also unmarried, living at home, working in a grocery store, and keeping the father's identity a secret. Her own father, Jimmy Sr., is shocked by the news. Her mother says very little. Her friends and neighbors all want to know whose "snapper" Sharon is carrying.

In his sparkling second novel, Roddy Doyle observes the progression of Sharon's pregnancy and its impact on the Rabbitte family—especially on Jimmy Sr.—with wit, candor, and surprising authenticity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140171679
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/1992
Series: Barrytown Trilogy , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Roddy Doyle is an internationally bestselling writer. His first three novels—The Commitments, The Snapper, and the 1991 Booker Prize finalist The Van—are known as The Barrytown Trilogy. He is also the author of the novels Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (1993 Booker Prize winner), The Woman Who Walked into Doors, and A Star Called Henry, and a non-fiction book about his parents, Rory & Ita. Doyle has also written for the stage and the screen: the plays Brownbread, War, Guess Who's Coming for the Dinner, and The Woman Who Walked Into Doors; the film adaptations of The Commitments )as co-writer), The Snapper, and The Van; When Brendan Met Trudy (an original screenplay); the four-part television series Family for the BBC; and the television play Hell for Leather. Roddy Doyle has also written the children's books The Giggler Treatment, Rover Saves Christmas, and The Meanwhile Adventures and contributed to a variety of publications including The New Yorker magazine and several anthologies. He lives in Dublin.

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The Snapper 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Oreillynsf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books of all time, The Snapper tells the story of an unwanted pregnancy that comes about through what can only be called rape. But in my view the book is really more about the hypocrisy of people who judge the actions and lives of others. It's a story about family and community relationships, and Doyle's gift for razor sharp dialogue and adept portrayal of working class Irish culture makes this both laughter and thought provoking. The second in The Barrytown Trilogy, The Snapper is a marvelous way to get to know writer Roddy Doyle and his wonderfully sensitive human style.
Hagelstein on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unmarried, twenty, and living at home, Sharon Rabbitte is pregnant. That's no mystery to her large Irish family. The father is. Written almost entirely in crackling dialogue, The Snapper tells how her family reacts while trying to navigate their own lives. A lively story with voices that dance with the musicality of Irish banter.
allen84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dublin tale of teenage pregnancy and its effects on family.
A-READER24 More than 1 year ago
Everything about this story is interesting. The characters and plot are all wonderful. I loved Sharon's family, especially her father, he was hilarious! The way Barrytown reacts to Sharon's pregnancy and the paternity of the baby ia so fun. Even though the circumstances aren't so great for Sharon, Mr. Doyle makes it still OK to laugh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Roddy Doyle paints an entertaining and hilarious tale of a young woman's pregnancy. It is interesting that Doyle can write so poignantly about pregnancy from a woman's perspective. I have enjoyed reading the Irish dialect and the more you repeat the words aloud the funnier it sounds.