The Dead Republic: A Novel

The Dead Republic: A Novel

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by Roddy Doyle
     
 

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The triumphant conclusion to the trilogy that began with A Star Called Henry.

Henry Smart is back. It is 1946, and Henry has crawled into the desert of Utah's Monument Valley to die. He's stumbled onto a film set though, and ends up in Hollywood collaborating with John Ford on a script based on his life. Eventually, Henry finds himself back in

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The triumphant conclusion to the trilogy that began with A Star Called Henry.

Henry Smart is back. It is 1946, and Henry has crawled into the desert of Utah's Monument Valley to die. He's stumbled onto a film set though, and ends up in Hollywood collaborating with John Ford on a script based on his life. Eventually, Henry finds himself back in Ireland, where he becomes a custodian, and meets up with a woman who may or may not be his long-lost wife. After being injured in a political bombing in Dublin, the secret of his rebel past comes out, and Henry is a national hero. Or are his troubles just beginning? Raucous, colorful, and epic, The Dead Republic is the magnificent final act in the life of one of Doyle's most unforgettable characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143119036
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
767,313
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Roddy Doyle is an internationally bestselling writer. His first three novels—The Commitments, The Snapper, and the 1991 Booker Prize finalist The Van—are known as The Barrytown Trilogy. He is also the author of the novels Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (1993 Booker Prize winner), The Woman Who Walked into Doors, and A Star Called Henry, and a non-fiction book about his parents, Rory & Ita. Doyle has also written for the stage and the screen: the plays Brownbread, War, Guess Who's Coming for the Dinner, and The Woman Who Walked Into Doors; the film adaptations of The Commitments )as co-writer), The Snapper, and The Van; When Brendan Met Trudy (an original screenplay); the four-part television series Family for the BBC; and the television play Hell for Leather. Roddy Doyle has also written the children's books The Giggler Treatment, Rover Saves Christmas, and The Meanwhile Adventures and contributed to a variety of publications including The New Yorker magazine and several anthologies. He lives in Dublin.

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The Dead Republic 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Lynn20NJ More than 1 year ago
If you loved A Star Called Henry, you will probably enjoy this book. I found it better than Oh Play That Thing (although parts of that book were wonderful,some of the historical references there seemed contrived and not very convincing). This third novel continues the saga of Henry. In spite of the wretched state that he is in, Henry is still endearing and his story is engrossing. I'm still not convinced that his fate needs to be tied so closely to historical figures, but it's an intriguing premise. A Star Called Henry remains my favorite book of the trilogy, but this is a worthwhile and captivating book as well. No one writes with the brilliance and compassion of Roddy Doyle.
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ErinMary More than 1 year ago
Lost a few nights sleep over this one because it was more important to find out what happened to the always fascinating yet deeply depressing Mr.Smart than to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for my ho-hum life. Roddy Doyle at his laugh out loud when your not crying best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago