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Roddy Doyles Paddy Clarke HA HA HA was a beautifully written book It perfectly captures the mind of a ten year old boy in Ireland during the mid-1960s Paddy Clarke the young boy who Doyle uses to enter the mind of a ten year old is a boy who most can relate to The book explores most aspects of life through the eyes of Paddy Doyle takes us through childhood and childhoods end Doyle is able to seize the complexities of life but at the same time simplify them enough for ten year old Everything is a mystery or an adventure to Paddy and his friends From taking over construction sites to receiving polio check-ups However not everything is a game to Paddy His parents lack of compatibility troubles Paddy and his brother Sinbad greatly The intensity of his parents arguments accelerate as the book goes on At times Paddy feels he can stop them at one point he considers himself a referee in the fights I didnt know what Id do If I was there he wouldnt do it again that was allp191 He ends up contemplating who he would want to win He comes to the conclusion that he would want his mom to win because she does so much for him however his father is his father and he loves him Sinbad reacts differently to his parents fighting He doesnt try to intervene or stop them In fact he closes up he implodes emotionally He cuts himself off from everyone During one of their parents arguments Paddy tries to talk to Sinbad but Sinbad shuts himself off Sinbad He didnt answer He wasnt asleep though I knew the breathing I could hear him listening I didnt move I didnt want him to think I was going to get him p222 This drama did not effect me as much as
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