The Deportees: and Other Stories

The Deportees: and Other Stories

by Roddy Doyle

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Deportees and Other Stories 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Cariola on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This collection is absolutely delightful. In each, Doyle focuses on coflicts and relationships among recent immigrants and native Irish. He manages to get inside the heads and hearts of his characters, their anxieties and fears, their hopes and plans, and especially their difficulty in adjusting to Irish life and culture. At times touchingly sad, these stories provide even more smiles and a good many laughs out loud. The title story brings back Jimmy Rabbitt of The Commitments, now married and the father of four whose names reflect his love of himself and Motown: Jimmy Two, Marvin, Mahalia, and Smoky. Jimmy decides to form a new band made up entirely of immigrants ("No Irish need apply"). Great story!I also loved "Guess Who's Coming for the Dinner" (you can guess what that one is about, but it will surprise you) and the one about Deklan, a half-black Irish native who comes to study literature in New York (but can't decide if he should focus on Irish Literature or The Harlem Renaissance).I read the book in print but also listened to it on tape. The reader is a wonder; he's Irish, which always enhances Irish audiobooks, but he also does a mean Zimbabwean accent, sings the lyrics to The Deportees' numbers, and even does a fair job of giving voice to two-year old Mahalia Rabbitt.Highly recommended!
DuffDaddy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a refreshing change from the last three Roddy books I've read. The style, dialoge, subject matter, etc is more like the Barrytown trilogy than the later Paula Spencer books and Paddy Clarke. I was getting tired of RD through through the last three books, but this has renewed my love of his work. Great dialogue and situations. Very realistic (as far as a non-Irish, non- nigerian American knows).This is a book of short stories that all revolve around the recent immigration explosion in Dublin/Ireland; specifically Nigerians. I enjoyed all the stories except The Pram, about the Polish Babysitter. Particularly liked The Deportees (the next Barrytown entry! - yay), Home to Harlem (1/4 black Irishman searches for his black grandfather in NY), 57% Irish, I Understand (about the illegal worker being harrassed to commit a crime) and Black Hoodie (about the teenagers exploring stereotyping). Overall great book!
mmardis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How can this review be the first of this excellent book of short stories? This book is Barrytown caliber Doyle even with a reappearance of Eddie Rabbit from The Commitments! The stories in this book explore the experiences of new wave of Nigerian immigrants to Ireland from different perspectives. Jaysis, it's gorgeous!
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I enjoyed this book. Some of the stories were better than others, but all in all it was a pretty good read.It isn't one of his best, but if you like Roddy Doyle, or Irish writers in general, I'd recommend this book.
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