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Oh, Play That Thing

Oh, Play That Thing (Audio CD / Audio, Abridged edition)

By Doyle, Roddy
Read by Buggy, Niall

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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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ISBN 9781856869324
Released AU 1 Dec 2004
Publisher Cornerstone
Format Audio CD/Audio, Abridged edition
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ISBN-13 9781856869324
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Random House Audiobooks
Released 1 Dec 2004
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Audio CD/Audio, Abridged edition
Edition Abridged edition
Author(s) By Doyle, Roddy
Read by Buggy, Niall
Category Audio / Visual (Audio books, Music, DVDs, CDROMs)
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 360
Dimensions Width: 143mm
Height: 125mm
Spine: 24mm
Dewey Code 823.914
Weight 222g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade