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The Van by Roddy Doyle
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May 20, 2010

it was ok
Read from May 20 to June 24, 2010

Anyone who's Irish probably loves this book. Anyone with Irish relatives or spends a lot of time with Irish folks, probably love this book. It's full of hilarious stories that are told in such a way that if you're not keen on how they're being told you might miss the joke. I recommend it to anyone that fits the bill above.

That being said, the story lags quite a bit. It doesn't really have a story arc, and the ending is wrapped up in just about 30 pages. By 'wrapped up', it's a fairly obvious conclusion. My guess is it would translate well into a movie, much like Doyle's other work, "The Snapper". In this rare instance, I bet a film adaptation would be better.

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