The Guts by Roddy Doyle

Posted: August 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Guts

Jimmy Rabbitte is back.The man who invented the Commitments back in the eighties is now forty-seven, with a loving wife, four kids … and bowel cancer. He isnt dying, he thinks, but he might be.Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay money for their resurrected singles and albums. On his path through Dublin he meets two of the Commitments Outspan, whose own illness is probably terminal, and Imelda Quirk, still as gorgeous as ever. He is reunited with his long-lost brother and learns to play the trumpetThis warm, funny novel is about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life. It climaxes in one of the great passages in Roddy Doyles fiction: four middle-aged men at Irelands hottest rock festival watching Jimmys son Marvins band Moanin at Midnight pretending to be Bulgarian and playing a song called Im Going to Hell that apparently hasnt been heard since 1932.

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