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Yer Name HerePoetryFictionPaddy Clarke No More Laughing for PaddyRoddy Doyles Paddy Clarke HA HA HA was a beautifully written book Itperfectly captures the mind of a ten year old boy in Ireland during the mid-1960s PaddyClarke the young boy who Doyle uses to enter the mind of a ten year old is a boy whomost can relate to The book explores most aspects of life through the eyes of PaddyDoyle takes us through childhood and childhoods end Doyle is able to seize thecomplexities of life but at the same time simplify them enough for ten year oldEverything is a mystery or an adventure to Paddy and his friends From taking overconstruction sites to receiving polio check-ups However not everything is a game toPaddy His parents lack of compatibility troubles Paddy and his brother Sinbad greatlyThe intensity of his parents arguments accelerate as the book goes on At times Paddyfeels he can stop them at one point he considers himself a referee in the fights I didntknow what Id do If I was there he wouldnt do it again that was allp191 He ends upcontemplating who he would want to win He comes to the conclusion that he would wanthis mom to win because she does so much for him however his father is his father and heloves him Sinbad reacts differently to his parents fighting He doesnt try to intervene or stopthem In fact he closes up he implodes emotionally He cuts himself off from everyoneDuring one of their parents arguments Paddy tries to talk to Sinbad but Sinbad shutshimself off Sinbad He didnt answer He wasnt asleep though I knew the breathing Icould hear him listening I didnt move I didnt want him to think I was going to get himp222This drama did not effect me as much as the daily life The fights I could not relateto I had never experienced arguments of such high caliber But inevitably I
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