The Deportees (2008) Roddy Doyle wrote these eight stories for a multicultural Dublin newspaper, and what unites them is a light-handed examination of nationality in an ethnically diversifying… 2008-01-10 Fiction Short Stories Viking
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The Deportees (2008)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jan 10, 2008; Writer: Roddy Doyle; Genres: Fiction, Short Stories; Publisher: Viking

Roddy Doyle wrote these eight stories for a multicultural Dublin newspaper, and what unites them is a light-handed examination of nationality in an ethnically diversifying Ireland. Also, they all risk being far too cute, as you’ll note when you read ''The Pram'' (a ghost story starring a Polish nanny) and ''Guess Who’s Coming for the Dinner'' (a cloying number in which the Poitier figure hails from Nigeria). The most delightful in The Deportees, a farce titled ''57% Irish,'' concerns a rigged test of Irishness that gauges one’s bodily response to video clips of Brendan Behan plays, Riverdance spectaculars, and — I warned you about cutesiness — the adaptation of Doyle’s own film The Commitments. B–

Originally posted Jan 25, 2008