The Deportees: and Other Stories by Roddy Doyle audiobook

The Deportees: and Other Stories

By Roddy Doyle
Read by Hugh Lee

Blackstone Publishing
7.34 Hours Unabridged
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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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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“All these stories are about blended worlds and the problems inherent in that blending, no matter what wealth or luxury a place affords. The guys and dolls in Jimmy Rabbitte’s new gang have last names like Boro, Bunuel, Stefanescu, and Ivanov, and when he tries to bring them together as he had with the Commitments, it seems as if it can’t work: ‘The dynamic was different; they were older, foreign, the country was too prosperous, they weren’t hungry—something.’ That ‘something’ lies at the heart of this collection, and its elusiveness is captivating. As, of course, is Doyle’s sense of humor.” New York Times
“There isn’t a bad story in the bunch, and each introduces vivid characters struggling with self-identity in a newly multicultural Ireland. Roddy Doyle has long been a treasure, and this collection wonderfully reflects his richly comic humanity.” Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review
“Writing at the top of his form...Doyle proves a brilliant, offbeat Dublin diplomat…He has the sharpest eye, the wildest sense of humor, and the most benevolent heart.” Observer (London)
“Constantly inventive, extremely funny, and illustrate his ability to get under the skin of ordinary people.” Daily Mail (London)
“The evident sincerity and unrepentant good cheer of these stories will carry the reader a long way with them.” Independent on Sunday (London)
“Doyle’s dynamic first collection of short stories offers light and heartfelt perspectives on the effects of immigration on Irish culture…Doyle’s wry sense of humor saves the narrative from triteness… Doyle’s immense talent as a writer is neatly showcased throughout, and his sharp wit adds a richness to every tale.” Publishers Weekly 
“Every selection reflects the author’s mastery at creating authentic dialog and a realistic sense of place; readers will find themselves drawn into the sounds, sights, and highly charged atmosphere of contemporary Dublin. Highly recommended.” Library Journal
“Critics agreed that The Deportees is vintage Doyle, demonstrating his sharp wit, lively sense of humor, richly drawn characters, and ear for dialogue…By turns poignant and chilling, heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud funny, Doyle’s stories are as affecting as his novels.” Bookmarks Magazine
“Doyle’s employment of dialogue and vernacular are characteristically colorful.” Kirkus Reviews
“The stories are characterized by broad humor or satire…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. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Roddy Doyle

Author Bio: Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle is an Irish novelist, dramatist, and screenwriter. He is a recipient of the Irish PEN Award for Literature, and his novel Paddy Clarke Ha-Ha won the Man Booker Prize in 1993. Several of his books have been made into successful films, beginning with The Commitments in 1991. 

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.34
Audience: Adult
Language: English