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The Deportees: and Other Stories
The Deportees and Other Stories
Author: Roddy Doyle
Eight funny and poignant stories of immigrant experience in contemporary Ireland — The eight tales in Roddy Doyle’s first-ever collection of stories have one thing in common: someone born in Ireland meets someone who has come to live there. In “Guess Who’s Coming for the Dinner,” a father who prides himself on his open-mindedness when his ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780670018451
ISBN-10: 0670018457
Publication Date: 1/10/2008
Pages: 256
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Viking Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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This book was based on a project wherein Mr. Doyle wrote the sections of each story in 800-word monthly installments "for a multicultural newspaper, Metro Eireann, published in Dublin by two Nigerian journalists". Mind you, Ireland used to produce immigrants, not recruit them. I've heard the Irish referred to by Continental Europeans in the same manner you might here an Texan speak about Mexicans. Mr. Doyle, in his brilliant dialogue that slices through to the truth of the vignette, allows the reader to experience the confusions and partial understanding of the characters. His stories are about relationships or the lack of them, while the setting is left for you to fill in with your own crayons. If you like the shorter, more expressionist style, this book is for you. If you prefer full floral description of details, you will hate this book. It was one of the best books I read last year.
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