The Deportees is a compilation of short stories written by Doyle for Dublin's first mul ...more
If you've never read Roddy Doyle, you need to. I have never come across an author who could make you care about a character the way that he can. Paula Spencer, Paddy Clarke, and the Ra ...more
Unfortunately this collection includes seven others stories, which aren't nearly as good. The next best would be "Guess Who's Coming for the Dinner," an Irish retake on the classic Poitier film, with great dialoque and more candid moments that will make you smile.
"New Boy" shouldn't have been written. It was completely impla ...more
The book collects nine stories - eight of which are set in Ireland, one in New York - and ea ...more
I listened to this collection on audio – which always changes how I experience a book. The ‘pros’ are that you get the voices – and this reader did good Irish and good Nigerian voices – which really adds to the experience. The ‘cons’ are that I am usually just slightly distracted because I’m sewing at the same time.
Doyle says that he wr ...more
Like the immigrants and the sons and daughters of such people in Ireland in the book, they are apprised of this slang, now.
Also, like the illegal immigrant in the story I Understand I might even say ‘fuck that’, as he does when his bus goes past without stopping. He gets the approval of the natives, who approve, telling him, ‘Making the effort’. Oh, and he loves saying, ‘it is grand’. This is one of the phrases he learns from Kevin, a waiter for a bar in which he does cleanin ...more
And please don't call the expression sourpuss. As I like spicy food items and dislike cats I feel that the sourpuss expression does not adequately lend itself to my trepidacious expression. If anything, sourpuss comes across as a double entendre vaguely sexu ...more
i just read the roddy doyle story "bullfighting" in the april 28 issue of the new yorker. i was blown away. it is so tight. and beautifully written. not in the sense of any single phras ...more
"Are you fucking deaf o wha?"
"What is he?"
"they write in Ireland?"
"No..they growl n fuck n die. of course they write u eejit. Best, I reckon"
I LOVE YOU DOYLE ....
I have never seen anyone using FUCK,CUNT, ME BOLLIX(my balls) more elegantly than Roddy doyle. He writes like a Supervisor who loves literature .To the point. The not much adjectives- ‘the auburn hair of the corn’ and stuffs like that- he use in his book, the rich dialogu ...more
The main problem is that it's all rah rah for the immigrants and multiculturalism and the dumb white guys are wrong and the black or eastern European guys are good souls. It can't be that simple, can it? The fact that the first story is called ...more
by Roddy Doyle
Ireland has changed.
The Ireland that for so many years forced its native population to leave has in recent times, seen a booming economy, so people struggling in other parts of the world are flocking to this new land of opportunity, Ireland.
Thank God Roddy Doyle is alive and well and writing to capture the turn around, and doing it in the manner that causes laugh-out-loud reading.
As always with Doyle, the humor percolates from human nature. His fic ...more
Roddy Doyle, celebrated chronicler of the Irish working class and winner of the 1993 Man Booker Prize (Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha), turns his attention to the immigrant experience in his first collection of short stories. The stories collected here first appeared in 800-word installments in the Dublin weekly newspaper Metro Eireann, which was founded in 2000 by two Nigerian journalists. Critics agreed that The Deportees is vintage Doyle, demonstrating his sharp wit, lively sense of humor, richly draw...more
The Deportees is a collection of short stories with the common theme being someone from Ireland meeting someone who's come to live there. There's a huge immigration movement there these days since their economy is doing so well.
All of the stories are great and different. There's a long one featuring Jimm ...more
- Just when the rest of me is beginning to sit down."
A great collection of stories (thanks Carla), my favourites being Black Hoodie, about enterprising schoolkids, and The Deportees, a sort of sequel to The Commitments.
country # 19: Ireland
Doyle grew up in Kilbarrack, Dublin. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from University College, Dublin. He spent several years as an English and geography teacher before becoming ...more