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The triumphant conclusion to the trilogy that began with A Star Called Henry
Watch for Roddy Doyle’s new novel, Smile, coming in October of 2017
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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.59(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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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 I found it better than Oh Play That Thing (although parts of that book were wonderful,some of the historical references there seemed contrived and not very convincing).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.
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!