Oh, Play That Thing

Oh Play That Thing It s 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 speakeasi

  • Title: Oh, Play That Thing
  • Author: Roddy Doyle
  • ISBN: 9780099477655
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, forIt 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 AmericaChicago 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.

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    1. I don't think I can fully express how dissappointed I am. This novel was simply unnecessary.It's prequel, A Star Called Henry, remains one of my favorite novels. Yet I'm afraid that this piece of writing falls far below Doyle's usual standards. If anything, the story has been taken too far for too long. Removing Henry from his native Ireland was the first misstep - Take away the land and you remove an essential component of this character. It is impossible for me to believe that he is able to co [...]

    2. This was a somewhat disappointing follow-up to A Star Called Henry. The sheer energy of Henry Smart pulls the reader through a sometimes hectic, sometimes maddeningly repetitive series of events, but if I hadn't grown fond of him in the first book of this promised trilogy (the third as yet unwritten), I would never have made it. I also felt like the basics of this work - settings and characters in particular - were not nearly as developed as in the predecessor. This is definitely not a stand-alo [...]

    3. this is the underwhelming follow up to 'star called henry'. after following henry smart through the easter rebellion and the irish war for independence, dealing with boot-leggers and gangsters in chicago and new york pale in comparison and almost gimmicky in a 'flashman' kinda way. the difference is that when henry is in ireland he's living through it. when henry wanders through america, he's wandering through a bunch of cheap sets. in terms of the structure, this seemed improvised. really inter [...]

    4. Agree with everyone - a very disappointing follow-up to a whale of a first book. Normally, I would never have slogged through the first 100 pages; it wasn't until Henry left NYC that I could focus in on the narrative thread. Then, it picked up steam, although never matching the pull and realism of the Irish-based adventures. Then, the last 30 pages/15 years. Hmmmm? Really? Is this Henry Smart or Forrest Gump without the photoshop?Even Miss O'Shea - such a vibrant girl - was lackluster in America [...]

    5. The follow-up to the awesome epic "A Star Called Henry", Doyle brings Henry Smart to the shores of New York City at the beginning of the roaring twenties. By depicting the rawness of life as our society once knew it, Doyle serves to remind us of how good we all have it. I'm hesitant to get into too many plot points for fear of revealing spoilers, but if you enjoyed "Star" you should read this sequel. For me, it didn't reach the same level of genius, but it was certainly well-crafted and unconven [...]

    6. Roddy Doyle continues the story of Henry Smart and Miss O'Shea in this sequel to "A Star Called Henry". The plot drags a bit at times. But I was constantly amazed at Doyle's vibrant characters and his gritty descriptions of struggling immigrants in Manhattan, the music scene in Chicago and the desperation of families caught up in the Great Depression. I am looking forward to the next book so I can find out what happens to Henry, Miss O'Shea and their children.

    7. Roddy Doyle's books both attract and repel me - in a good way. Stories of characters who face extraordinary hardships are unsettling, but the skills of the Author make reading them so rewarding.

    8. 1924. Henry Smart is Dublin ontvlucht omdat zijn betaalmeesters, voor wie hij morden heeft gepleegd en chaos gecreëerd, hem op de hielen zitten. Na zijn aankomst in New York waant Henry zich de koning van de stad, maar al snel moet hij uitwijken naar Chicago. Deze stad is opgewonden, alles is nieuw, en het allernieuwste is de muziek, gespeeld door een man met een trompet en bloedende lippen: Louis Armstrong. Zijn muziek is overal, maar hij komt nergens binnen. Hij heeft een breekijzer nodig, en [...]

    9. Wirre Geschichte um einen jungen Iren, der in den zwanziger Jahren nach Amerika geht, Werbesprüche verkauft, Neger von Louis Armstrong wird, dann Hobo. Inzwischen mit Mutter seines irischen Kindes vereint. Dann Familie und Bein verliert. Zwischendurch viele Frauen und schließlich Henry Fonda und Ford bei Dreharbeiten zu My Darling Clementine kennenlernend. Der Schluß ganz nett, aber insgesamt: Was soll das?(5/10)

    10. Henry in America during the jazz age and the depression taking him through the '40's and presumably back to Ireland in the last volume.

    11. I love the work of Roddy Doyle. It started when I read The Commitments when it first came out and it has never wavered. His unique voice, complete with Irish as it’s spoken on the ground and in the neighborhoods of Dublin, is just a pure pleasure to read. I picked up this book before I realized that there was a book that came before it. I am given to understand that this is a kind of prequel or sequel to the other. Either way, I am glad I read this one first.Henry Smart was a paid assassin for [...]

    12. Oh, Play That Thing. Roddy Doyle.Having read A Star Called Henry many years ago and loved it, it was with some trepidation that I finally picked up the sequel. Was it possible that it would be anywhere near as good as the riotously entertaining first instalment in the proposed, and completed, Last Round Up trilogy? Would it be rubbish? Would I be disappointed? Turns out I need not have been so wary. Though not as urgent nor indeed as warm as its predecessor, Oh, Play That Thing has much to offer [...]

    13. Henry Smart, the hero of "A star called Henry" continues his adventures in the USA, where he goes to escape his IRA enemies. He leaves his wife"Miss O'Shea"&daughter Seorsie in Ireland but will not see them for 6 yrs. In the US, he gets involved with the underworld in being a walking billboard & distributor of illegal booze(during Prohibition), and when he tries to become independent, runs afoul of Italian&Jewish mobsters who try to kill him. He finds himself again on the run, and wi [...]

    14. For this second volume of Roddy Doyle's remarkable Last Roundup trilogy, we follow Henry Smart to America as he tries to outrun his destruction at the hands of his Irish former allies. Doyle sets his pace right from the start, dropping us onto the ship that takes Smart to New York and writing at a clip that surprises compared to the more patient tone A Star Called Henry had set. This is not in error: Doyle clearly wants his readers to be overwhelmed and swept up in the same way Smart is by the b [...]

    15. It's no wonder that Doyle's novel (and sequel to A Star Called Henry) features the father of jazz, Louis Armstrong. Oh, Play That Things finds Doyle in improvisational mode. It's his jazz novel about Henry's experiences in America between the wars.The best thing that can be said about Play is that it's a page-turner - sort of in the Dickensian sense. Henry is larger-than-life, and he meets and becomes entangled with many of the key players from the age, including Armstrong, Al Capone, John Ford, [...]

    16. This was a great book. I picked it because I was in Ireland and I knew Roddy was Irish. That turned out to be an excellent decision. He has a very unique writing style where he will jump around without making it explicit when or who is talking. You have to figure it out on your own and I love that. This was a fun and very different style read and I look forward to reading more of Roddy.The plot was also a ton of fun. This is apparently the second book in a trilogy about a one time Irish freedom [...]

    17. Roddy Doyle is my favourite Irish writer and possibly my favourite writer period. The previous installment in this trilogy A Star Called Henry was one of the best books I've ever read and I was kinda anxious to start this one, because i was afraid it wouldn't leave up to expectations.And it didn't.The previous book ran along familiar historical events and placed the protagonist seamlessly in that period. He was young and larger than life and carried the novel.This book sends Henry to New York an [...]

    18. Oh, Play That Thing follows Henry Smart from Ireland, where he is now a wanted former killer for the IRA, to America, where he lands in New York and immediately becomes Don Draper. Not entirely true, but Henry does fall into a kind of advertising and starts learning how to con people by telling, then selling, them what they want. He runs up against the New York mobs and ends up in Chicago, where he meets Louis Armstrong. This allows Doyle to examine the jazz age and racism from a complete outsid [...]

    19. I've got to say that I don't know how to rate this book. By 50 pages I was wondering whether to put it down and not bother with it again. After reading the preceeding book of the (as yet uncompleted) trilogy, I picked up this book almost immediately. O.P.T.T. is set in America in the mid 1920s taking in the gangs of NY and the jazz movement in Chicago. In Chicago, Henry meets and hangs out with Louis Armstrong. I'm not really sure this worked and I found in places of this book that Roddy Doyle w [...]

    20. Booker Prize-winning Doyle (Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha) has taken a few missteps with his latest offering, the second in a projected trilogy. In previous books, Doyle explored the lives of down-and-out immigrants (like those of parents; see Rory & Ita, **1/2 Mar/Apr 2003). Here, he's attempted a historical epic of early to mid-twentieth century America. Sure, there's a lot to celebrate: Doyle's comedic look at Depression-era immigrants' chaos, hardships, and excitement, his "combo jazzed-up sassy [...]

    21. Roddy Doyle has a way with the smallest of sentences. I enjoyed this book if only because the protaganist's arrival in this country coincides with that of my decedents. I'm second gen, which means I'm more Irish than my dad or mom who would deny any real attachment to the auld sodh since their evolution growing up was to be as American as possible and forget about the land of origin.The book has a lot of movement, as does Doyle's prose. The main man character doesn't possess a typically Irish na [...]

    22. I read A Star Called Henry several years ago, which was obviously several years too long. A true sequel, the story does not stand on its own and is best read shortly after finishing ASCH, since there are multiple sections that reflect back. Although I love Doyle, and enjoyed ASCH, I felt that this book was a little too unfocused and it's difficult to connect with Henry until the last chapter.While the adventures themselves are fun and interesting from a historical fiction perspective, Henry fail [...]

    23. This book had lots of sad elements in it. It also had a lot of dialog. Set in Chicago before the crash of 29 it features Henry Smart. This is the second book featuring him. He is on the run having left his family back in Ireland. He finds himself in New York and gets into trouble again. So now he is on the run for the second time. He goes to Chicago. There he meets Louis Armstrong. The racial prejudice of the time is protrayed by little things. Like how when Henry and Louis are walking down the [...]

    24. I'm thinking that this is my least favorite of the trio in this particular Doyle trilogy. I read reviews saying that the books is very jumpy and it is often unclear who is speaking and if it is in the present/past. Personally, I wasn't all that excited that the book was not set in Ireland but rather was in Chicago and New York in the 20s. This is an interesting time period to explore in general in American history, but I would have rather had the book set in Ireland so that I could have learned [...]

    25. First thing I've read by Roddy Doyle, I liked it very much. I didn't realize when I checked it out that it is the second book in a trilogy but I didn't feel cut off from information by not reading the first book. I learned a tremendous amount about an immigrants life in New York/Chicago in the 1920's - albeit a sketchy, on-the-lam immigrant burdened with looking over his shoulder but endowed with the Irish pluck and fortitude - who amazingly finds himself a chosen friend of Louis Armstrong. I ne [...]

    26. The second book in The Last Round Up, the continuing story of Henry Smart is more sprawling than the first book, which can make it lose focus a bit, but I was fascinated by how even more so than in A Star Called Henry, I was disquieted by the morality of the protagonist even as I enjoyed his story. The evocation of early 20th Century America, from the roof tops of New York to the back rooms of Chicago jazz clubs, to the dirt poor mid-western plains are excellent and earthy, and the many characte [...]

    27. Very disappointing follow up to A Star Called Henry. Slow and meandering storycally just Henry Smart running around America. Henry running from gangsters in New York and Chicago, chilling with Louis Armstrong for a bit, and then pulling a Tom Joad and riding the rails from place to place. And that is literally it. Seems to be suffering from Second Book in a Trilogy Syndrome in which a sequel has very little purpose except to bridge books 1 and 3 together. Of course the last 15 minutes was actual [...]

    28. This is not the book I expected. It is so full of characters, situation, scenes, unexpected characters to save the day. The book is so dense, like wading into an American melting pot full of Irish stew.We already knew that Henry ("A Star Called Henry) Smart can make lemonade out of any lemon, though sometimes it is Miss O'Shea who squeezes them.The most memorable and poignant character by far is Louis Armstrong, who befriends Henry because he needs a white man. Pay attention to what Louis says a [...]

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