Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Smile, written and read by Roddy Doyle.
Smile has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humour, the superb evocation of childhood – but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to re-evaluate everything you think you remember so clearly.
Just moved in to a new apartment, alone for the first time in years, Victor Forde goes every evening to Donnelly's pub for a pint, a slow one.
One evening his drink is interrupted. A man in shorts and pink shirt brings over his pint and sits down. He seems to know Victor's name and to remember him from school. Says his name is Fitzpatrick. Victor dislikes him on sight, dislikes too the memories that Fitzpatrick stirs up of five years being taught by the Christian Brothers. He prompts other memories too – of Rachel, his beautiful wife who became a celebrity, and of Victor's own small claim to fame, as the man who says the unsayable on the radio.
But it's the memories of school, and of one particular Brother, that he cannot control and which eventually threaten to destroy his sanity.
©2017 Roddy Doyle (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks
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Critic reviews

"Roddy Doyle's finest book in 20 years." (John Boyne)
"A book that made me feel I really was in the presence of a master." (Sebastian Barry)
"Doyle writes about damage without relish or sensationalism. In Smile he manages to be considered and to take risks at the same time." (Anne Enright)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ms. Caroline A. Wilde on 17-09-17

Brilliant but disturbing

Roddy Doyle always brings you into the heart of Dublin life, the characters you recognise, the scenarios you've witnessed for yourself. The middle aged men he describes could be in any bar you walk into, the tiny world of Irish celebrity during the boom years is astutely accurate. As you believe the voice of the main character, you are drawn into the insecurities of the modern male, eclipsed by a more successful and stronger partner, emasculated, but sweet and supportive. Beneath it all, however, is a dark undercurrent, a scar that cannot heal. The ramifications of this are slowly revealed, the reconstructed outer personality hiding the horror within. I cannot help but hope none of this is biographical.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bee on 15-09-17

Totally absorbing tale of finding a way to live

A close relative of mine went to a Christian Brothers institution so at times-even though the descriptions of casual cruelty are low key- this was amost too much for me. But, but the writing kept me coming back. Brilliant.

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