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“Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha” (Penguin, 1993) by Irish author Roddy Doyle is a coming of age novel set in fictional Barrytown, North Dublin, in 1968. The story follows 10-year-old Patrick Clarke, his brother, Francis, and a gang of school friends as they roam the streets engaging in boyish pranks. Told in stream of consciousness narrative, we hear Paddy’s erroneous assumptions about life and people, his philosophical questions, and childish taunts in an Irish English dialect and sometimes in Irish Gaelic. His 10-year-old self is about as mischievous, funny and heartwarming as they come.