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The Deportees

256 pages

For the past few years Roddy Doyle has been writing stories for Metro Eireann, a newspaper started by, and aimed at, immigrants to Ireland. Each of the stories took a new slant on the immigrant experience, something of increasing relevance and importance in today¿s Ireland.
The stories range from ¿Guess Who¿s Coming to the Dinner¿, where a father who prides himself on his open-mindedness when his daughters talk about sex, is forced to confront his feelings when one of them brings home a black fella, to a terrifying ghost story, ¿The Pram¿, in which a Polish nanny grows impatient with her charge¿s older sisters and decides ¿ in a phrase she has learnt ¿ to ¿scare them shitless¿.
Most of the stories are very funny ¿ in ¿57% Irish¿ Ray Brady tries to devise a test of Irishness by measuring reactions to Robbie Keane¿s goal against Germany in the 2002 World Cup, Riverdance and ¿Danny Boy¿ ¿ others deeply moving. And best of all, in the title story itself,Jimmy Rabbitte, the man who formed The Commitments, decides it¿s time to find a new band, and this time no White Irish need apply. Multicultural to a fault, The Deportees specialise not in soul music this time, but the songs of Woody Guthrie.

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