Oh, Play That Thing

Oh, Play That Thing

Book - 2005
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After Henry Smart escapes the Irish republican paymasters in Dublin, he finds mobsters and racism in New York City first, and then in Chicago. When he meets a black musician named Louis Armstrong who needs a white man to help him overcome discrimination, Louis selects Henry Smart.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780143036050
Characteristics: 378 p. ; 20 cm

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ChristchurchLib Mar 28, 2016

With a price on his head, Irish revolutionary Henry Smart flees to the United States, arriving in New York City in 1924. At the height of Prohibition, Henry finds success as a bootlegger. However, his enterprising nature causes him to encroach on a powerful mobster's turf, which sends him running to Chicago, where he embraces the burgeoning jazz scene and becomes Louis Armstrong's bodyguard and unofficial manager. And, believe it or not, that's just the beginning in this sequel to A Star Called Henry, the middle volume in Roddy Doyle's picaresque The Last Roundup trilogy, which concludes with The Dead Republic.

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AnamCara
Nov 02, 2007

I love how this book takes a character of a story and weaves him into the real history of the time.

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