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Bullfighting

(2011)
A collection of stories by

 
Bullfighting is Roddy Doyle's eagerly anticipated second collection; a series of bittersweet tales about men and middle age, revealing a panorama of Ireland today.

The men in Bullfighting are each concerned with loss in different ways--of their place in their world, of power, virility, love--of the boom days in Ireland's recent history and the Celtic Tiger. "The stories, his memories, were wearing out," the narrator of the title story thinks, "and there was nothing new replacing them."

The stories move from classrooms to crematoriums, local pubs to bullrings; featuring an array of men at their working day and at rest, taking stock and reliving past glories. In the first, "Recuperation," a man sets off for a prescribed walk around his neighbourhood, the sights triggering memories and recollections of his wife, his children, his younger days. In "Animals," George remembers caring for his children's many pets, his efforts to spare them grief when they die or disappear, looking, in the eyes of his wife, like a hero, like "your man from ER."

But now his kids are reared and he's unemployed, and he's slowly getting used to that. "Suffer. Your man Krugman said, when he asked how Ireland should deal with the next ten years. Well, this is George, suffering." Brilliantly observed, funny and moving, the stories in Bullfighting present a new vision of contemporary Ireland, of its woes and triumphs, and of the Irish middle-aged male confronting its new realities. It is a masterful new collection from one of the country's greatest writers.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: Bullfighting
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-224-09143-3 / 978-0-224-09143-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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April 2011 : USA Hardback
Title: Bullfighting: Stories
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-670-02287-X / 978-0-670-02287-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Paperback Editions

July 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Bullfighting
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-09-955562-X / 978-0-09-955562-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Bullfighting: Stories
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-14-312106-5 / 978-0-14-312106-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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April 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: Bullfighting
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-224-09144-1 / 978-0-224-09144-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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April 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: Bullfighting
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-307-40113-8 / 978-0-307-40113-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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Audio Editions

September 2011 : USA Audio CD
Title: Bullfighting (Bullfighting Collection)
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 1-60998-305-X / 978-1-60998-305-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: AudioGO
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May 2011 : USA Audio CD
Title: Bullfighting: Stories
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-7927-7821-9 / 978-0-7927-7821-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audiogo
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May 2011 : USA Audio CD
Title: Bullfighting: Stories
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
ISBN: 0-7927-7931-2 / 978-0-7927-7931-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audiogo
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April 2011 : UK Audio edition
Title: Bullfighting
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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Kindle Editions

April 2011 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Bullfighting: Stories
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
Publisher: Penguin Books
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April 2011 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Bullfighting
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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April 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: Bullfighting
Author(s): Roddy Doyle
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Availability: Amazon CA   



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