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Oh, Play That Thing

Oh, Play That Thing
  

On the last page of A Star Called Henry, the first volume of the The Last Roundup trilogy, we left Henry Smart on the run from his Republican paymasters, the men for whom he had perpetrated murder and mayhem. He flees from Dublin to Liverpool and from thence to Ellis Island, New ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781856869317
Barcode 9781856869317
Published 1 December 2004 by Cornerstone
Format Audio cassette/Audio, Abridged edition
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Author(s) By Doyle, Roddy
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ISBN-13 9781856869317
ISBN-10 1856869318
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Random House Audiobooks
Publication Date 1 December 2004
International Publication Date 21 October 2004
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Audio cassette/Audio, Abridged edition
Edition Abridged edition
Author(s) By Doyle, Roddy
Category Audio / Visual (Audio books, Music, DVDs, CDROMs)
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 360
Dimensions Width: 108mm
Height: 140mm
Spine: 35mm
Weight 219g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

On the last page of A Star Called Henry, the first volume of the The Last Roundup trilogy, we left Henry Smart on the run from his Republican paymasters, the men for whom he had perpetrated murder and mayhem. He flees from Dublin to Liverpool and from thence to Ellis Island, New York, America. And this is where Oh, Play That Thing begins...It's 1924, and New York is the centre of the universe. Henry falls on his feet, as a handsome man with a sandwich board, and - this being Prohibition - behind his sandwich board a stash of hooch for the speakeasies of the Lower East Side. When he starts hiring kids to carry boards for him, 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. In Chicago there is no past waiting to jump on Henry. The place is wild, as new as he is, 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. And the mob is in Chicago too: they own every stage - and they own the man up on the stage. Armstrong needs a man, a white man, and the man he chooses is Henry Smart. This is a novel of prodigious energy and invention. Its language and its rhythms are as breathtaking as the music it celebrates. It shows yet again that as a writer Roddy Doyle is unequalled in his vision, his ambition, his ability to surprise us with each new novel. It is nothing less than a triumph.

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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 . Niall Buggy switches accents seamlessly - Dublin, Brooklyn, mafia, vamp, Satchmo. His repertoire is inexhaustible and awesome. The Guardian 20041206

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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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