Oh, Play That Thing (Last Roundup)

3.25 avg rating
( 1,598 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780143036050: Oh, Play That Thing (Last Roundup)

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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Oh, Play That Thing is a fast-moving picaresque sequel to Roddy Doyle's novel about the Irish War of Independence and Civil War, A Star Called Henry. On the run from his former commanders, IRA assassin Henry ends up in the USA and copes indifferently with the gang-dominated New York of the early 1920s, and the worlds of Chicago jazz and the migrant workers of the Depression. Henry is a charming chancer, and a survivor, but this does not mean that he has an especially nice time for more than moments--his own ruthless past continually returns to haunt him.

Doyle does a nice line in memorable unpleasant images--a bunch of homing pigeons swollen and dying from bathtub gin; a wooden leg smouldering unnoticed from closeness to a campfire. There's also a strong sense of the changing language of immigrants trying to belong; this is, among other things, the story of how his Irish hero learns to think and speak in the American vein. The vignettes of real people--notably Henry's friend the young Louis Armstrong--are more than just decoration. In the Depression chapters, Doyle writes powerfully about the way folklore grows up. In places, this is a jerkily structured book, but it is always a highly intelligent one. --Roz Kaveney

Review:

"The words crackle and fizz - a dazzling evocation of the Jazz Age... Magical and marvellous" ( Independent on Sunday)

"A virtuoso of the sentence...Doyle wonderfully recreates a world of flophouses and speakeasies, flappers and bootleggers" ( Guardian)

"Doyle's performance is, again, extraordinary for the richness of allusion, the facility with which history is dovetailed with invention, the energy of the prose" ( Daily Telegraph)

"Brilliantly imagined... Utterly magnificent, the finest work he has done" ( Sunday Tribune)

"Kicks off at a furious lick and just gets faster, hotter, louder. Hugely, unremittingly entertaining" ( Scotsman)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Doyle, Roddy
ISBN 10: 014303605X ISBN 13: 9780143036050
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97801430360500000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.15
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Doyle, Roddy
Published by Penguin Books, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 014303605X ISBN 13: 9780143036050
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, United States, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 196 x 127 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780143036050

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Doyle, Roddy
Published by Penguin Books, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 014303605X ISBN 13: 9780143036050
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books, United States, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 196 x 127 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780143036050

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Doyle, Roddy
Published by PENGUIN GROUP (2005)
ISBN 10: 014303605X ISBN 13: 9780143036050
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description PENGUIN GROUP, 2005. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780143036050

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.94
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.80
Within United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Doyle, Roddy
Published by Penguin Books 2005-11-01 (2005)
ISBN 10: 014303605X ISBN 13: 9780143036050
New paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books 2005-11-01, 2005. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780143036050

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Doyle, Roddy
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 014303605X ISBN 13: 9780143036050
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Your Online Bookstore
(Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 014303605X. Bookseller Inventory # HGT2904EGCF070316H0069A

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
3.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 7.25
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Doyle, Roddy
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 014303605X ISBN 13: 9780143036050
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Orion Tech
(Grand Prairie, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 014303605X . Bookseller Inventory # HGT2336SHIF113016H0990P

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
3.32
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 7.25
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Doyle, Roddy
ISBN 10: 014303605X ISBN 13: 9780143036050
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-ING-00282958

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.76
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.50
Within United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Doyle, Roddy
Published by Penguin Books
ISBN 10: 014303605X ISBN 13: 9780143036050
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Movie Mars
(Indian Trail, NC, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 014303605X Brand New Book. Ships from the United States. 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee!. Bookseller Inventory # 4694785

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.63
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 7.70
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Doyle, Roddy
Published by PENGUIN (2005)
ISBN 10: 014303605X ISBN 13: 9780143036050
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller
PBShop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description PENGUIN, 2005. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780143036050

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 7.70
From U.S.A. to United Kingdom
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book