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Roddy Doyle has presented a marvelous and diverse collection of short stories here, all of them dealing with the new immigrants to Ireland (mostly from Africa and Eastern Europe) and the ways the native-born Irish relate to them. The first story, "Guess Who's Coming for the Dinner?" had me laughing out loud at the main character's good-natured attempts to be PC and open-minded. But the collection explores a wide range of emotions and situations, from Jimmy Rabitt of The Commitments' effort to raise a new band to a child devastated by the war in the Sudan. The reader, too, is absolutely perfect. Great accents, and he sings well, too!
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High Lee’s performance is one of the best I’ve heard. Doyle’s prose and his sensibilities are refreshing.