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Oh, Play That Thing

Oh, Play That Thing
 

It's 1924, and New York is the centre of the universe. Henry Smart is a handsome man who catches the attention of the mobsters who run the district. Louis Armstrong is a man with a trumpet and bleeding lips. There are places a black man cannot go, things he cannot do. Armstrong n... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780099477655
Barcode 9780099477655
Published 3 October 2005 by Vintage
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Doyle, Roddy
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ISBN-13 9780099477655
ISBN-10 0099477653
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Vintage
Publication Date 3 October 2005
International Publication Date 1 September 2005
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Doyle, Roddy
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 24mm
Weight 266g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.914;823.914
Catalogue Code 104907

Description of this Book

It's 1924, and New York is the centre of the universe. Henry Smart, on the run from Dublin, fails on his feet. He is a handsome man with a sandwich board, behind which he stashes hooch for the speakeasies of the Lower East Side. He catches the attention of the mobsters who run the district and soon there are eyes on his back and men in the shadows. It is time to leave, for another America- Chicago is wild and new, and newest of all is the music. Furious, wild, happy music played by a man with a trumpet and bleeding lips called Louis Armstrong. His music is everywhere, coming from every open door, every phonograph. But Armstrong is a prisoner of his colour; there are places a black man cannot go, things he cannot do. Armstrong needs a man, a white man, and the man he chooses is Henry Smart.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review * 'Sequels often disappoint, but here is one that's every bit as sharp, as surprising and as satisfying as the original' Guardian * 'Doyle's performance is, again, extraordinary for the richness of allusion, the facility with which history is dovetailed with invention, the energy of the prose' Daily Telegraph * 'Brilliantly imagined...Utterly magnificent, the finest work he has done' Sunday Tribune * 'Kicks off at a furious lick and just gets faster, hotter, louder-Hugely, unremittingly entertaining' Scotsman
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of nine acclaimed novels including the Barrytown Trilogy, two collections of short stories, Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents, Two Pints, a collection of dialogues, and most recently, The Guts, which saw the return of Jimmy Rabbitte from The Commitments. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

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