By Roddy Doyle
Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143121060, 214pp.
Publication Date: May 29, 2012
Roddy Doyle has won acclaim for his wry wit, his uncanny ear, and his remarkable ability to fully capture the voices and hearts of his characters. Bullfighting, his second collection of stories, offers a series of bittersweet takes on men and middle age, revealing a panorama of Ireland today. Moving from classrooms to graveyards, from local pubs to bullrings, these tales of taking stock and reliving past glories feature men concerned with loss of their place in the world, of their power, virility, health, and ability to love.