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Oh, Play That Thing

Doyle, Roddy

ISBN 10: 0099477653 / 0-09-947765-3
ISBN 13: 9780099477655
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Publication Date: 2006
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:
It's 1924, and New York is the centre of the universe. Henry Smart, on the run from Dublin, falls on his feet. He is a handsome man with a sandwich board, behind which he stashes hooch for the speakeasies of the Lower East Side. 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 is wild and new, 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. Armstrong needs a man, a white man, and the man he chooses is Henry Smart.

Review:
The hotly anticipated follow-up to A Star Called Henry is a dazzling, rip-roaring, jazz-infused novel of America in the tumultuous twenties and thirties, that will take the literary world by storm.

Oh, Play that Thing opens with our hero, Henry Smart, arriving in 1922 New York, a wanted man after the 1916 Rebellion, who has fled Dublin leaving behind his beloved wife, Miss O'Shea, in jail. Eager to begin a new life, Henry lies his way through Immigration and charms his way into the noisy, tough Lower East Side, bootlegging and selling advertising, seducing with his eyes and words. But when he sets himself up to make his own fortune, skimming off a little profit, his bosses aren't pleased, and Henry hightails it out of New York and up the Hudson River with a gun at his back and a bootlegger's gorgeous half-sister on his arm.

This is a magnificent masterpiece about a time when America was ripe for the picking, and a good con artist and a smart woman could have the world at their fingertips; a time when Louis Armstrong trumpeted in a new era and the Depression sent armies of men, women and children to ride the rails in search of a new life and new hope. As Henry's past lives -- the American and the Irish, his lovers and his enemies -- catch up with him, he takes off on a journey that will carry him across the country, through Chicago, Harlem, Denver, Salt Lake City and into the desert.

Beautifully written, a novel of brilliant storytelling, unforgettable characters -- strong-willed women and men on the make -- and a time and place that Roddy Doyle has brought to blazing life.

Excerpt from Oh, Play That Thing
The band stopped suddenly and the man with the trumpet yelled.

-- Oh, play that thing!

Then the band was off again, all back on crazy tracks, heading for the same place by routes that were all their own. And the man wiped blood from his lips with the back of his big hand; he put the horn back to his mouth, hopped tracks and never crashed.

There was a beautiful woman close beside me but I couldn't take my eyes off Louis Armstrong.

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"Together, [ A Star Called Henry and Oh, Play That Thing] constitute one of the most remarkable achievements in recent Irish and American literature. And we’re left with the tantalizing possibility of a third novel to follow." - Atlanta Journal- Constitution

" Oh, Play That Thing chronicles the birth of the American century, from the shores of Ellis Island through the Jazz Age and into the Great Depression…. Doyle’s characters are too lively-too full-blooded and lusty-to be mere ciphers, and the Booker Prize-winning author gets the feel of things-jazz, regret, memory-right." - Boston Phoenix

"Written in a combo jazzed-up sassy poetry-rhythms part Irish, part New York street, part Chicago South Side blues… This is Doyle’s rambunctious tale of the 20th century’s immigrant America." - Chicago Sun-Times

"Vibrant, punchy images come in quick succession, evoking city streets teeming with life and possibility like the gritty poetics of John Dos Passos." - Philadelphia Weekly

"Doyle can make music come alive like no one else. His prose will bop and bang its head to punk or bump and grind to the blues…. [And he] understands that becoming an American-whether you’re black or Irish-is a game of improvisation, just like jazz." - New York Daily News

"A sprawling tale steeped in the grit, lawlessness and hardships of the early 1900s…it all unfolds in Doyle’s bold, vivid writing that, at its best, echoes the adventure and rhythm of jazz…. By the end, he has us hooked, racing for the finish to a book we wish wouldn’t end and eager for the final installment." - Rocky Mountain News

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