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Verhalen waarin immigranten in de Ierse samenleving centraal staan.
Hardcover, 287 pages
Published 2008 by Nijgh & van Ditmar (first published 2007)
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Apr 19, 2008 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fucking in fiction: are you for or against? I only ask because Roddy Doyle's frequent use of the F-word might cause even Gordon Ramsay to turn salmon-pink. Bad language as a shock tactic often falls flat, but sometimes profanity signals credibility. So thumbs up for The Deportees; If you're looking for the real Dublin, forget Bono, Riverdance and Dustin the Turkey, Doyle has the Irish capital to a T. And an F.

The Deportees is a compilation of short stories written by Doyle for Dublin's first mul
Colin O'Grady
I'm between two minds here, because on the one hand, this isn't the best short story collection I've ever read, nor is it Roddy Doyle at his finest. In another way, however, it is a collection that I loved reading and it is Doyle doing all of the wonderful things that has made him my favorite writer...

I'll explain.

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
Jan 28, 2009 Yulia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yulia by: Kenneth Tighe
Shelves: short-stories
Read this for the title story, "The Deportees," which is a five-star gem, hilarious and refreshingly honest and really great in bringing out the frightened optimist in you.

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
Nov 07, 2011 Guillermo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ireland America was never Ireland America to me." It's Langston Hughes rewritten, but the message works an ocean away from Harlem. And that's what drew me into Roddy Doyle's stories. Racism isn't just an American issue, nor is immigration. I'm sure the world will like to think so, but Doyle has painted a clear picture that it's not. But it's those topics that hit home. That made these stories memorable.

The book collects nine stories - eight of which are set in Ireland, one in New York - and ea
Ryan Mishap
The author explains that these stories were in a newspaper devoted to immigrant issues in Ireland, and many of the stories are snippets of people coming to terms with a changing demographic in Ireland and cultural clashing. A good goal, to be sure, but the execution of the writing wasn't appealing to me. I actually didn't finish, which is rare for me. The titular story involves the guy from the author's The Commitments as he tries to form a new band made up of immigrants while helping raise his ...more
May 01, 2008 Trin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting collection of stories about race and racism in Dublin. These were originally published serially, with each of the stories broken down into 800-word segments, and Doyle admits in the introduction that he didn’t really plan ahead, so a couple of them sort of meander and change direction in ways that can be slightly disconcerting. (This is most apparent in the collection’s first story, “Guess Who’s Coming to the Dinner”; I think Doyle was still getting used to the format.) Most o ...more
Michael VanZandt
I loved reading this collection of short stories -- which Doyle wrote for a Dublin weekly, with a primarily African and/or immigrant readership -- after having read Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I read this within the general context and reflection of "strangers", group membership and identity. I have also though much about it in relation to the book, Murder in Amsterdam (the case of Theo Van Gogh's murder at the hands of a second-generation Moroccan-Dutchman) and my own teaching experiences ...more
So lately I’ve been in short story land. Not by intention but it’s just happened that way. You may be aware that I’m a fan of this genre, unlike a lot of people.

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
Aug 11, 2015 Spiros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: humans
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In the later decades of the past century, Ireland went from being a Third World country to an economic power; inevitably, a vast influx of immigrants appeared, largely from Eastern Europe and Africa. Dublin suddenly became cosmopolitan, with all of the expected growing pains. Roddy Doyle offered his talents to a monthly journal, "Metro Eireann", founded by two Nigerian gentlemen. His brief was to write a short story of around 800 words every month, themed on interactions between the new arrivals ...more
May 07, 2014 Georgie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great collection of short stories by the brilliant Roddy Doyle. The stories are all about immigrants to Ireland meeting people who were born there, told from both points of view. My favourite two were 'The Pram' about a Polish nanny who, aggrevated by the brattish sisters of her infant charge, decides to 'scare them shitless' (a phrase she has learnt) with a ghost story that suddenly becomes all too real; and 'Home to Harlem' about a young man named Declan seeking his grandfather in Harlem, New ...more
Eight short stories make up Roddy Doyle’s The Deportees. Tales of a newly multicultural Ireland which sometimes struggles to keep up with the pace of the recent changes. After decades (and probably centuries) of monoculture, the economic boom brought an eclectic mix of migrants to partake in the prosperity. These eight stories deal with the interactions of communities as they grew to understand and, sometimes, appreciate one another. Roddy Doyle’s magic touch of honesty and humour give depth and ...more
Feb 12, 2010 Terna marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
haven't actually found this book yet, but read one of the stories in it - "Black Hoodie" - funny, funny, funny. no one does dialog like Roddy Doyle
Oct 24, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

God damn, Roddy Doyle is incredible.
Feb 03, 2010 Abraham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have long been interested in knowing how immigrants view my country, the United States. What is the US to them? What do they admire and love? What is despicable and shameful? What makes them feel welcome, or shunned? Being married to an immigrant gives me some insight into these questions. In fact, Erika (my wife) is a double-immigrant; she immigrated to Argentina from Peru, and then to the US. Hearing about her stories of both immigration experiences makes me curious to learn more about what ...more
Sep 01, 2009 Leon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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-How’s things?

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
Jun 25, 2010 Daniel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nope. I'm done. I haven't enjoyed anything of Doyle's since The Van . I bought this book of a whim and on a budget... hardcover, yet used... with an expression of trepidation on my face that only an all-knowing cynic could visually provide.

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
May 11, 2008 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(first i have to admit a deception -- i did not read this book. i actually want to write a review of a short story by doyle that was published in a recent new yorker. but you can't enter short stories in the goodreads format, so i did the next best thing -- i used doyle's most recent (and first) book of stories.)

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
Mary Vermillion
Nov 24, 2013 Mary Vermillion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I look forward to teaching some of these funny and poignant stories this January in my travel course, Irish Literature and Culture. My favorite of the eight stories is the first, "Guess Who's Coming for the Dinner." A take-off on the 1967 Sidney Poitier film, the story features 50-year-old Larry Lianne, happy father of one son and four daughters. "Nothing his daughters said or did ever, ever shocked him. Until Stephanie brought home the black fella." Like most of the stories in the collection, i ...more
Geetha Wilson
Dec 13, 2013 Geetha Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Roddy whaa?"
"Are you fucking deaf o wha?"
"What is he?"
"Irish writer"
"they write in Ireland?"
"No..they growl n fuck n die. of course they write u eejit. Best, I reckon"
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
Jack Cheng
I read a few stories in this collection and am giving up on it. I love Doyle, especially his dialogue, but this book of stories, collected from serialized fiction in a multicultural newspaper, feels overly thematic and not as nuanced as other works by him.

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
Jun 03, 2008 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow, I always loved Roddy Doyle's stuff, cuz it was so quintessentially Irish. And here he goes again, with this collection of short stories, telling the story of what it means to be Irish now, in the new multi-cultural Ireland. In the intro he writes "I went to bed in one country and woke up in a different one. That was how it felt, for a while. It took getting used to. I'd written a novel, The Van, in 1990, about an unemployed plasterer. Five or six years later, there was no such thing as a ...more
Jul 18, 2008 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Diana by: found browsing in library
This book of short stories is about immigrants (mostly illegal) in Ireland. It is a wonderful collection of stories with a multicultural theme. Roddy Doyle is one of my favorite authors. I really loved "A star called Henry", historical fiction about the founding of the IRA. However, he is best known for novellas that feature contemporary working class Irish lives. He wrote "The Commitments" about a young man's dream to create the first Irish soul band. It was made into a terrific film. The title ...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
Bookmarks Magazine

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

Ian Wood
Jan 10, 2008 Ian Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dust bowl immigrants either home or away
Shelves: roddy-doyle
‘The Deportees’ is an anthology of stories written by Roddy Doyle for ‘Metro Eireann’, a newspaper started by, and aimed at immigrants to Ireland. So rather than be a straight anthology of short stories, the stories are themed either as a story written about an immigrant to Ireland or a native Irishman coming to terms with his newly found multicultural society. As a nation the Irish are used to supplying not receiving immigrant labour and receiving not supplying racial prejudice, it is undoubted ...more
Apr 02, 2009 dannymac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not your da's Ireland anymore and more so for the better. And to think, one could say that it all started with U2 start at the Lipton House in Dublin 30 years ago. Resurrects the life of Jimmy Rabbit from the Committments who even with a wife and daughter can't seem to bear assimilating to a commoner's life of dead end job that's despised and years of drudgery and we're richer for it. I'm glad somebody still thinks like that. He never gets discouraged with all the barriers he encounters. My ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Tiia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Usually big fan of his books, but this time he totally left me cold. I think I tried to be funny and sarcastic, but this time subject was too hard and he failed. More I read about these stories I felt the hate of foreign people. And I don't think that was his purpose. I know the subjects hard and you need to be careful, this time it didn't work out. Not even The Deportees saved this book, it was quite sad version of The commitments, which was great and funny.
Mar 30, 2008 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading Roddy Doyle. I don't think there's anything of his writings that I haven't enjoyed. In fact, I would love to sit down with a pint or two with Doyle and talk about his inspirations.

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
Puddle Jumper
"An old punk, with two kids and a husband in the bank, her hair was still purple and standing up.
- 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
Oct 02, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short stories by Roddy Doyle, all of which center on the new influx of immigrants in Ireland and how the country is changing. Most of the stories are very light and funny (one is a sequel to the Commitments, which made me very happy), but "The Pram" is an out-and-out terrifying ghost story that will stay with me after the others fade.
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Roddy Doyle (Irish: Ruaidhrí Ó Dúill) is an Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter. Several of his books have been made into successful films, beginning with The Commitments in 1991. He won the Booker Prize in 1993.

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
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