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. New Boy describes the first day of school for a nine-year-old boy from Africa; while in The Pram, a terrifying ghost story, a Polish nanny grows impatient with her charge's older sisters and decides-in a new phrase she has learned-to "scare them shitless." In 57% Irish, a man decides to devise a test of Irishness by measuring reactions to three things: Riverdance, the song "Danny Boy," and Robbie Keane's goal against Germany in the 2002 World Cup. And in the wonderful title story, Jimmy Rabbitte, the man who formed The Commitments, decides that it's time to find a new band-a multicultural outfit that specializes not in soul music but in the folk songs of Woody Guthrie. With empathy and insight, The Deportees and Other Stories takes a new slant on the immigrant experience, something of increasing relevance in today's Ireland.
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by Roddy Doyle
by Arthur Conan Doyle
by Marni McGee, Ronald Mellor
by Lee Smith
by Catherine Doyle
by Elizabeth Doyle Carey
by LJ Ross
"These eight short stories by the prize-winning Irish novelist all focus on some aspect of multiculturalism in modern Ireland. All but one are almost instantly recognizable as the work of Roddy Doyle--the stories are characterized by broad humor or satire and often feature young people as the main characters. The exception is "The Pram," a superb ghost story. Hugh Lee is an outstanding match for the material. The characters in every story are given distinct voices that seem true to the personalities being portrayed. Rapid-fire conversations sound as if they've been recorded in real life. Lee's performance of "The Pram," in particular, is a tour de force, offering the voices of a Polish nanny, two small Irish girls, and a range of Irish adults. The listener is unquestionably in Ireland throughout this excellent production. R.E.K. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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