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Oh, Play That Thing (The Last Roundup #2)

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,674 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Nov 27, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 03, 2009 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Maria Thomarey
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Εξαιρετική η απεικόνιση της τζαζ Αμερικής
Sep 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 12, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, fiction
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 ...more
May 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Michiel Verhaeghe
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 ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Roddy Doyle (Irish: Ruaidhrí Ó Dúill) is an Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter. Several of his books have been made into successful films, beginning with The Commitments in 1991. He won the Booker Prize in 1993.

Doyle grew up in Kilbarrack, Dublin. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from University College, Dublin. He spent several years as an English and geography teacher before becoming
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