Two Pints Synopsis
Two men meet for a pint in a Dublin pub. They chew the fat, set the world to rights, take the piss. They talk about their wives, their kids, their kids’ pets, their football teams and – this being Ireland in 2011-12 -about the euro, the crash, the presidential election, the Queen’s visit. But these men are not parochial or small-minded; one of them knows where to find the missing Colonel Gaddafi (he’s working as a cleaner at Dublin Airport); they worry about Greek debt, the IMF and the bondholders ( whatever they might be); in their fashion, they mourn the deaths of Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Davy Jones and Robin Gibb; and they ask each other the really important questions like ‘Would you ever let yourself be digitally enhanced?’
Inspired by a year’s worth of news, Two Pints distils the essence of Roddy Doyle’s comic genius. This book shares the concision of a collection of poems, and the timing of a virtuoso comedian. (Kobobooks)
– Wha’ does ‘thinkin’ outside the box’ mean?
– You were watchin’ The Apprentice last night, weren’t yeh?
There is a lot of swearing in this book, as you’d expect from conversations between two old guys that have clearly spent much time their lives in a pub, so it was hard to find a clean part to quote. The single conversation jokes are funny, but it’s the running jokes between the two men over the months and the stories about their families that I’m finding particularly amusing.
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