The Van Summary
The Van is the story of two friends, Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr. and Bimbo Reeves, who operate a chipper van on the outskirts of Dublin. Bimbo uses money he got when he was laid off from his job to buy the van and he invites his buddy, Jimmy Sr. to be his partner. They work very hard to get the van cleaned up and working. With the help (or leadership) of Maggie Reeves, Bimbo's wife, they work out their menu, which is basically fish and chips, burgers, and sausages, and, with the help of Veronica Rabbitte, Jimmy Sr.'s wife, learn how to cook it. They open and begin to catch on very well, but Jimmy Sr. soon feels that Bimbo and Maggie are making all the decisions and not listening to him. The friendship begins to falter, then goes completely off the rails. After one final and thoroughly...
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Roddy Doyle Biographies (2)
2,330 words, approx. 8 pages
Not many writers can lay claim to comparisons to James Joyce and Raymond Carver, but Roddy Doyle--armed with a lively literary style and comedic flair--has found himself in that happy position. His no...
2,811 words, approx. 10 pages
Among the generation of Irish writers who emerged in the 1980s, Roddy Doyle is one of the most popular both at home and worldwide. While his popular appeal has been undisputed from the moment his priv...
Essays & Analysis (3)
479 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Mannes-Abbott offers a positive assessment of The Van, praising the novel as humorous and deftly written.
Roddy Doyle is a phenomenon. A comic Irish writer without immediate p...
1,439 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review, Fitzgerald maintains that The Van showcases Doyle's sharp wit and ear for dialogue.
This is the third and last of Roddy Doyle's novels about the Rabbitte family ...
857 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Appelo applauds Doyle's use of the vernacular as well as his narrative structure in The Van.
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