Oh, Play That Thing: A Novel (The Last Roundup)

Oh, Play That Thing: A Novel (The Last Roundup) by Roddy Doyle 014303605X 9780143036050
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Roddy Doyles last novel, A Star Called Henry, was chosen by the The New York Times Book Review as one of the eleven Best Books of the Year; The Washington Post said it was not only Doyles best novel yet; it is a masterpiece, an extraordinarily entertaining epic. Now Doyle, author of six bestselling novels, twice nominated for the Booker Prize and once a winner, turns his protagonist Henry Smarts rich observation and linguistic acrobatics loose on America, in an energetic saga full of epic adventures, breathless escapes, and star-crossed love. Publishers Weekly says Doyle just gets better and better. <BR>Our Irish hero arrives in New York in 1924 to bury himself in the teeming city and start a new life; having escaped Dublin after the 1916 Rebellion, Henry Smart is on the run from the Republicans for whom he committed murder and mayhem. Lying to the immigration officer, avoiding Irish eyes that might recognise him, hiding the photograph of himself with his wife because it shows a gun across his lap, he throws his passport into the river and tries to forge a new identity. He charms his way into the noisy, tough Lower East Side, reads to Puerto Rican cigar makers, hauls bottles for a bootlegger and composes ads on sandwich boards, finally setting up his own business with the intention of making his fortune. But he makes enemies along the way among mobsters such as Johnny No and Fast Olaf. Henry hightails it out of Manhattan with a gun at his back and Fast Olafs hustler of a half-sister on his arm. <BR>This was a time when America was ripe for the picking, however, and a pair of good, strong con artists could have the world at their fingertips. The Depression was sending folksto ride the rails in search of a new life and new hope, and all trains led to Chicago. As Henrys past tries to catch up with him, he takes off on a journey to the great port, where music is everywhere: wild, happy music play

Author: Roddy Doyle

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 378

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: 2005-10-25


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