Oh, Play That Thing

Posted by on Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Oh, Plat that Thing by Roddy Doyle.  This book is the sequel to A Star Called Henry.  The first novel is about Henry Smart, a kid from Dublin who grows up to be a thug working for some of the seedier characters behind the Irish Revolution.  In this second novel, Henry has fled Ireland for the United States, and gets here just in time to wrap himself up first in the New York underworld and then in the Chicago jazz scene.  I didn’t like this book as much as the first, probably because Doyle doesn’t know the US like he knows Ireland.  Still a fun read, but it’s not his best.

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