Title Profile & Character Information

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha

Annotation
"It is 1968. Patrick Clarke is ten. He loves George Best, Geronimo, and the smell of his hot water bottle. He hates zoos, kissing, and the boys from the Corporation houses. He can't stand his little brother Sinbad. He wants to be a missionary like Father Damien, and he coerces the McCarthy twins and Willy Hancock into playing lepers. He never picks the scabs off his knees before they're ready." "Kevin is his best friend. Their names are all over Barrytown, written with sticks in wet cement. They play football, knickknack, jumping to the bottom of the sea. They shoplift. Robbing Football Monthly means four million years in purgatory. But a good confession before you died and you'd go straight to heaven." "Paddy wants to know why no one jumped in for him when Charles Leavy had been going to kill him. He wants to stop his da arguing with his ma. He's confused: he sees everything, but he understands less and less."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
1993  Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Characters
NameClarke, Patrick "Paddy"
GenderMale

NameClarke, Francis "Sinbad"
GenderMale

GenreDomestic
Coming of age
Fiction
TopicsChildhood
Brothers
Male friendship
Working classes
Troubled marriages
Loss of innocence
SettingBarrytown, Dublin, Ireland
Working class neighborhood