A Big Con?

A little later than intended but still a useful antidote to the party politics (possibly), a characteristically spiky interview with The Guardian has Roddy Doyle following on from his ‘blasphemous’ view that Joyce “needed a good editor” and kicking hard against the stereotyping, and self-mythologizing, of the Irish people.

After all, who, if we

10 thoughts on “A Big Con?”

  1. ‘countered’ Davros?

    According to Stanford, Dublin, as well as being in a ‘picturesque’ setting, “is growing faster and with more sympathy for its citizens than ever before”.

    He contradicts, in parts, Roddy Doyle but doesn’t counter him.

  2. I’m probably in aminority of one on the site, but I really enjoyed ” A Star called Henry”
    Anyone who rattles the cages of the Irish “self- mythologizers” is alright by me!
    BTW this typekey thingy takes a bit of getting used to

  3. Haven’t read it yet Panda… in fact haven;t read anything other than Ha, Ha, Ha.

    It’s sequel- Oh, Play That thing- got shredded in the Sunday Times and a less than enthusiastic review by Terry Eagleton in the Guardian.

  4. pete: I was using the intro from the I.I.

    “Dear ol’ dirty Dublin hasn’t lost any heart
    Alan Stanford counters Roddy Doyle’s criticism of his native city”

  5. Well, Davros, they’re hardly going to say “Stanford waffles on and avoids the issues raised by Roddy Doyle” ;o)

  6. I’m probably in aminority of one on the site, but I really enjoyed ” A Star called Henry”
    Anyone who rattles the cages of the Irish “self- mythologizers” is alright by me!
    BTW this typekey thingy takes a bit of getting used to

  7. pete: I was using the intro from the I.I.

    “Dear ol’ dirty Dublin hasn’t lost any heart
    Alan Stanford counters Roddy Doyle’s criticism of his native city”

  8. Well, Davros, they’re hardly going to say “Stanford waffles on and avoids the issues raised by Roddy Doyle” ;o)

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