The Deportees

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?

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