Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – Two Pints (May 3)

two pints largeMy choice of book for this week’s Friday meme combo is a small one I found in our local library today, Two Pints by Roddy Doyle. It looks quite interesting and shouldn’t take too long to read. GoodReads has the following description:

Two men meet for a pint in a Dublin pub. They chew the fat, set the world to rights, take the piss. They talk about their wives, their kids, their kids’ pets, their football teams and – this being Ireland in 2011-12 -about the euro, the crash, the presidential election, the Queen’s visit. But these men are not parochial or small-minded; one of them knows where to find the missing Colonel Gaddafi (he’s working as a cleaner at Dublin Airport); they worry about Greek debt, the IMF and the bondholders (whatever they might be); in their fashion, they mourn the deaths of Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Davy Jones and Robin Gibb; and they ask each other the really important questions like ‘Would you ever let yourself be digitally enhanced?’

Inspired by a year’s worth of news, Two Pints distils the essence of Roddy Doyle’s comic genius. This book shares the concision of a collection of poems, and the timing of a virtuoso comedian.

Now for this week’s excerpts:

book beginningsBook Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of Two Pints:


– Tha’ was a great few days.

– Brilliant.

– She’s a great oul’ one. For her age, like.

From the beginning it looks like I might enjoy this one, although these few short lines don’t give too much away. It’s different from what I’ve been reading lately, which might be a good thing. Time will tell.

Friday 56The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of Two Pints:


– See the Monkee’s dead.

– Young Damien’s monkey?

– Young Damien doesn’t have a monkey.

– Does he not? I thought he did.

– No, he doesn’t. Not yet an’anyway.

– It’s on his list.

– Yeah, but fair play to him. He wants to see if the wallabies survive first. No, your man from the Monkees.

– Davy Jones.

– The English one – yeah.

This is a bit longer than I’d normally share, but I wanted it to make sense, and it is funny, too. I’m looking forward to reading this now.


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