Reviews

  • Doyle is justly renowned for his whip-smart dialogue, which combines salty humour and the loving use of local vernacular... And there is beauty and compassion in Mr Doyle's sculpted, spare writing. Among all the banter and gags he manages to articulate feelings that are rarely expressed so fittingly. Whether it is describing the agonising death of an elderly parent, or evoking the euphoria of an unlikely late-life passion, Love is a reminder that its author is one to treasure.

    Economist
  • Here is a paean to all things Irish. Fans of [Doyle] will be glad to follow old mates Davy and Joe through a pub crawl that is both elegiac and hilarious.

    Washington Post
  • This witty, satisfying novel about male friendship, aging, and guilt from Doyle dramatizes language's inadequacies when it comes to affairs of the heart... The two men are nothing if not good company. By closing time, Doyle has focused the novel's rambling energy into an elegiac and sobering climax. This one is a winner.

    Publisher's Weekly
  • This story, with its beer-inspired and home-brewed philosophy, its funny and painful moments, is about love...and the remembrance of love between friends, lovers, and family... Doyle's narrative style is fast-paced and deceptively easy to read... [dialogue] goes down as smoothly as gulps of beer... [A] brilliant two-character story.

    Boston Globe
  • Love isn't so much about what happens, or happened once upon a time, as it is about the mystically inaccurate nature of language... Doyle puts feeling first in this novel by putting it last, in the final pages...in the end, you see that the sacred world of the two friends was lurking in all that preceded this final scene, and concealing itself so successfully that they themselves did not realize how much they cared for each other.

    The New York Times Book Review
  • Doyle's fast-paced, dialogue-driven style is so real it feels like you're eavesdropping on the conversation. He captures the heartbreak and humour of long-term friendship exceptionally and ends the book with a tenderness that will take your breath away. It's wonderful.

    Luxe
  • Love by Roddy Doyle weaves memory and fiction as two childhood friends reunite over pints and revisit the vagaries of their youth. Read it if you cry-laughed through The House of Sleep by Jonathan Coe and tittered at Steve Coogan's The Trip.

    Irish Tatler
  • With each new novel, Roddy Doyle’s work grows deeper and more contemplative. Love is a profound examination of friendship, romantic confusion and mortality

    John Boyne

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