Wednesday, March 12, 2008
The Deportees and Other Stories Roddy Doyle
Roddy Doyle is fun - smart and fun. These short stories are from the New Ireland, modern, affluent and attractive to immigrants. What could happen when the Irish meet the rest of the world?
Jimmy Rabbitte from the Commitments is back again, still with his dream of managing a successful rock band. Except this time he finds immigrant musicians, names them The Deportees and gives them Woody Guthrie as their muse.
Roddy Doyle has such a quick, perceptive eye, he can make us feel the immigrants' struggles in an alien culture. A child's first day at school with the school bully. An adult's interaction with an IRA hardman. These stories will surprise you. There is always a laugh around the corner.
P.S. Do you know how to test for Irishness? How do you feel about Riverdance, Danny Boy and Robbie Keane's goal against Germany in the 2002 World Cup. I'll leave it up to you then. Grand.
Another Thing To Fall Laura Lippman
Tess is the unwilling babysitter for a starlet signed on for a TV drama set in Baltimore. Within the superheated, insanely manipulative world of Hollywood everyone scrambles for the glittering prizes. Enough to murder? Laura Lippman's experience with TV production in Baltimore through her husband David Simon really comes to the fore. And again her use of local color is so spot on, so evocative it is a pleasure for a fellow Baltimorian to read. It's a good yarn.