Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha Book Summary and Study Guide

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The novel tells of the childhood trials and traumas of 10-year old Patrick Clarke Jr., named for his pa. Every chance he gets he torments his younger brother whom he dubs Sinbad. Despite the abuse Sinbad constantly hangs around his older brother and his friends. Paddy lacks the gifts of natural leadership among his young hooligan peers and therefore likes a bully named Kevin. He does things to impress Kevin, including the bullying of his brother and other friends. Paddy and the gang of boys do all the things a parent would dread including lying, stealing, smoking, and fighting.
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Paddy's life in Barrytown, Ireland takes on a more serious note as his parents proceed to constantly argue, with his father eventually becoming violent and dysfunctional in his interactions with Paddy's mother. The boys are traumatized by the thought of their family falling apart. Paddy takes on a paternal concern for his younger sibling but realizes he may be making the gesture too late to prevent his brother from suffering anguish over the impending breakup. Doyle's novel won the prestigious British Booker Prize.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   grade school Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   fighting with domineering daddy Wild kid(s)?    -   committing crimes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Irish


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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