Oh, Play That Thing

Roddy Doyle - Author

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ISBN 9780143036050 | 384 pages | 25 Oct 2005 | Penguin | 5.15 x 7.91in | 18 - AND UP
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Roddy Doyle's sequel to A Star Called Henry is a "high-energy picaresque romp across 1920s Jazz Age America." (Newsday

Praised as “a masterpiece” by the Washington Post, A Star Called Henry introduced the unforgettable Henry Smart and left Roddy Doyle’s innumerable fans clamoring for more. Now, in his first novel set in America, Doyle delivers. Oh, Play That Thing opens with Henry on the run from his Irish Republican paymasters, arriving in New York City in 1924. But in New York, and later Chicago—where he meets a man playing wild, happy music called Louis Armstrong—Henry finds he cannot escape his past.

A highly entertaining cross-country epic and a magnificent follow-up to A Star Called Henry, this prodigious, energetic, sexy novel is another Roddy Doyle triumph.

The action is fast, the language authentic and earthy... Henry Smart may not be admirable, but he is unforgettable. (The Boston Globe)

The terse, slang-studded rhythms of Doyle’s prose have a striking musicality... A remarkable performance in language. (Chicago Tribune)

Doyle is arguably the finest fiction writer to emerge from Ireland since World War II. (The Denver Post)

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