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Flann O'Brien: The Complete Novels (Everyman's Library)

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ISBN13: 9780307267498
ISBN10: 0307267490
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Flann O'Brien, along with Joyce and Beckett, is part of the holy trinity of modern Irish literature. His five novels — collected here in one volume — are a monument to his inspired lunacy and gleefully demented genius.

O'Brien's masterpiece, At Swim-Two-Birds, is an exuberant literary send-up and one of the funniest novels of the twentieth century. The novel's narrator is writing a novel about another man writing a novel, in a Celtic knot of interlocking stories. The riotous cast of characters includes figures stolen from Gaelic legends, along with assorted students, fairies, ordinary Dubliners, and cowboys, some of whom try to break free of their author's control and destroy him.

The narrator of The Third Policeman, who has forgotten his name, is a student of philosophy who has committed murder and wanders into a surreal hell where he encounters such oddities as the ghost of his victim, three policeman who experiment with space and time, and his own soul (who is named Joe).

The Poor Mouth, a bleakly hilarious portrait of peasants in a village dominated by pigs, potatoes, and endless rain, is a giddy parody aimed at those who would romanticize Gaelic culture. A naive young orphan narrates the deadpan farce The Hard Life, and The Dalkey Archive is an outrageous satiric fantasy featuring a mad scientist who uses relativity to age his whiskey, a policeman who believes men can turn into bicycles, and an elderly, bar-tending James Joyce.

With a new Introduction by Keith Donohue

Review:

"A real writer, with the true comic spirit." James Joyce

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"Unquestionably a major author...Flann O'Brien assault[s] your brain with words, style, magic, madness, and unlimited invention." Anthony Burgess

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"At Swim-Two-Birds has remained in my mind ever since it first appeared as one of the best books of our century. A book in a thousand...in the line of Ulysses and Tristram Shandy." Graham Greene

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"[The Third Policeman is] the funniest book ever written...and scariest." Charles Baxter

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"At Swim-Two-Birds is both a comedy and fantasy of such staggering originality that it baffles description and very nearly beggars our sense of delight." Chicago Tribune

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"O'Brien was one of the comic geniuses of the 20th century." Boston Globe

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About the Author

Flann O'Brien is the pseudonym of Brian O'Nolan, an Irish novelist and political commentator who was born in 1911 in County Tyrone and raised in Dublin. He entered the Irish civil service in 1937 and formally retired in 1953. From 1940 until his death, he wrote a political column called "Cruiskeen Lawn" for The Irish Times, under the pseudonym of Myles na Gopaleen; his biting, satiric commentaries made him the conscience of the Irish government. He died in 1966.

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Patrick Day, February 16, 2008 (view all comments by Patrick Day)
Flann O'Brien's prose is more accessible than that of Joyce and Beckett (and funnier, I dare say), which is not to say that it is less masterful. O'Brien seems to be the forgotten Irish novelist, and I'm glad that a friend recommended him. This collection from Everyman's Library is both affordable and attractive.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307267498
Author:
O'Brien, Flann
Publisher:
Everyman's Library
Introduction by:
Donohue, Keith
Introduction:
Donohue, Keith
Author:
Donohue, Keith
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;novel;irish;ireland;anthology;humor
Edition Description:
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Series:
Everyman's Library
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
824
Dimensions:
8.10x5.40x1.59 in. 1.84 lbs.

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Product details 824 pages Everyman's Library - English 9780307267498 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A real writer, with the true comic spirit."
"Review" by , "Unquestionably a major author...Flann O'Brien assault[s] your brain with words, style, magic, madness, and unlimited invention."
"Review" by , "At Swim-Two-Birds has remained in my mind ever since it first appeared as one of the best books of our century. A book in a thousand...in the line of Ulysses and Tristram Shandy."
"Review" by , "[The Third Policeman is] the funniest book ever written...and scariest."
"Review" by , "At Swim-Two-Birds is both a comedy and fantasy of such staggering originality that it baffles description and very nearly beggars our sense of delight."
"Review" by , "O'Brien was one of the comic geniuses of the 20th century."
"Synopsis" by , (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)
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