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Oh, Play That Thing

Oh, Play That Thing

Doyle once again gives readers a prodigious, energetic, sexy novel, rich with language and music as Henry Smart makes his way across America to elude the men for whom he committed murder and mayhem in this follow-up to A Star Called Henry.

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ISBN 9780224074438
Barcode 9780224074438
Replacement this title has been replaced by: 9780099477655
Published 1 November 2004 by Vintage
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Airport/Export ed
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Author(s) By Doyle, Roddy
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ISBN-13 9780224074438
ISBN-10 0224074431
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publication Date 1 November 2004
International Publication Date 2 September 2004
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Airport/Export ed
Edition Airport/Export ed
Author(s) By Doyle, Roddy
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 233mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 520g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Historical fiction, Musical fiction, New York (N.Y.), Immigrants, Irish Americans
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

- A Star Called Henry was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice for 1999, one of the Boston Globe's Best Fiction of 1999, and a New Yorker Book Awards finalist for Best Fiction 1999- A Star Called Henry was named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, Publishers Weekly, Esquire, Newsday, Seattle Times, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.- A Star Called Henry was on The New York Times extended bestseller list, and was a Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, and New York Post bestseller.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review You can't put Oh, Play That Thing down. It has this insane energy. -- The Edmonton Journal The Irish author has indeed gotten better with each novel he writes. . . . Doyle takes his riskiest step yet: He leaves Ireland altogether for 1920s America. The risk pays of handsomely. -- Winnipeg Free Press Doyle appears to be incapable of writing a bad novel. . . . Oh, Play That Thing is a coup of imagination and verve. -- Winnipeg Free Press Doyle has a legendarily good way with words. . . . Oh, Play That Thing is a celebration of unanchored storytelling, like a jazz musician who's taken a 12-bar solo. -- National Post For its ambition alone, and for its estimable feat of casting the great Satchmo in a compelling new light, Oh, Play That Thing shouldn't be missed. -- The Gazette (Montreal) As engrossing and stimulating as listening to a classically trained musician improvise a jazz combo. It's both familiar and strange and that is what keeps your senses jumping as you are turning the pages. Shaking up readers' expectations is a good and necessary thing. -- The Globe and Mail Praise for A Star Called Henry, Volume One of The Last Roundup Trilogy: With A Star Called Henry, Doyle has put all of his prodigious gifts into a single character. . . . A Star Called Henry is a startling achievement. . .and a worm's-eye view of Irish history. A grand thing of beauty. --A Globe and Mail Best Book of '99 Doyle gives us the delightful Henry Smart, a kind of Irish Huck Finn, dirt poor by birth, strong and handsome by good fortune, charming and resourceful by necessity. . . . [Doyle's] mastery of voice and observed experience is arare gift. -- Ottawa Citizen Maybe the Great American Novel remains to be written, but on the evidence of its first installment, this is the epic Irish one, created at a high pitch of eloquence. -- Publishers Weekly In other, less forgiving climes (say, the Soviet Union), Doyle would be put on a cattle truck and sent away. For ever. There is no higher praise, I believe, than to say a book is that dangerous. I can also say that here, for once, that most overused of terms is applicable: this really is a masterpiece. -- The Irish Times From the Hardcover edition.

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Author's Bio

Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of six acclaimed novels. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

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