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A Star Called Henry (Last Roundup)

A Star Called Henry (Last Roundup)
Author: Roddy Doyle
ISBN 13: 9780143034612
ISBN 10: 143034618
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2004-10-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
List Price: $17.00

An historical novel like none before it, A Star Called Henry marks a new chapter in Booker Prize-winner Roddy Doyle's writing. It is a vastly more ambitious book than any he has previously written. A subversive look behind the legends of Irish republicanism, at its centre a passionate love story, this new novel is a triumphant work of fiction.

Born in the slums of Dublin in 1902, his father a one-legged whorehouse bouncer and settler of scores, Henry Smart has to grow up fast. By the time he can walk he's out robbing, begging, charming, often cold, always hungry, but a prince of the streets. At fourteen, already six foot two, Henry's in the General Post Office on Easter Monday 1916, a soldier in the Irish Citizen Army, fighting for freedom. A year later he's ready to die for Ireland again, a rebel, a Fenian, and, soon, a killer. With his father's wooden leg as his weapon, Henry becomes a republican legend - one of Michael Collins' boys, a cop killer, an assassin on a stolen bike, a lover.

Irish America Magazine

...[A] treasure of a book....the first in a planned trilogy which will span the 20th century...