writes like nobodys business. Each of his titles, from The
(Doyles debut) to The
Woman Who Walked Into Doors
, has earned both critical and popular acclaim.
Clarke Ha Ha Ha
, his funny, pitch-perfect perspective of a Dublin ten year
old, won the 1993 Booker Prize
Now, in A Star Called Henry, hes upped the ante tenfold, producing
some of the most aggressive prose youre ever likely to read. Henrys fathers
flight, a mere sixty pages into the book, is one of the great narrative achievements
of recent years.
But for all Doyles narrative acrobatics, his amazing new novel is, more than
anything, an enthralling, spilling-over-its-sides story. On page one, Henry
Smart introduces himself through the eyes of his pregnant, soon-to-be-mother
right away, Doyle catches us off guard. Compared by some to the expansive
fictions of Gabriel
García Márquez, A Star Called Henry presents the years leading up
to and following the 1916 Easter Rebellion in a wickedly crooked, dramatic light
perfectly suited to the subject. Henry Smart is a big character, bigger than
life. "Ive always tried to make sure that everything that was said and done
could, in fact, happen," Doyle
told Powells.com, "This time around I didnt give a toss." Dave,
Synopses & Reviews
Born in the slums of Dublin in 1901, 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, 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 historical novel marking a new turn in Doyle's writing. Born in the slums of Dublin in 1902, his father a one-legged whorehouse bouncer, Henry Smart has to grow up fast. He eventually becomes a Fenian, a rebel, a republican legend - one of Michael Collins's boys, an assassin on a stolen bike.