In a letter to a literary agent, Flann O’Brien described his first novel as “a very queer affair, unbearably queer perhaps.” The book in question was At. Flann O’Brien’s innovative metafictional work, whose unruly characters strike out their own paths in life to the frustration of their author. O’Brien found his novel branded as the book you read for more of the same after you had finished Finnegans Wake. Since few survived the Wake, and even.

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Contrary to what Benstock argues, what post-independence Ireland needed was not less but more of the type of playful, self-aware writing being proposed by Flann O’Brien in At Swim-Two-Birds The novel features an unnamed first-person narrator who lives with his uncle and studies at University College Dublin but spends most of his time in bed, writing a novel about Trellis, a tyrannical author who writes stories swim-two-brids so on and so forth. Trellis answers consistently with this nonsensical logic of series, since he responds literally to all the questions, thus flouting the Gricean rules of clarity, and quantity, and overall relevance Grice Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This is a testament to why I love goodreads: Two young fosterlings he must carry under the armpits to his jacket through the whole of Erin, and six arm-bearing warriors in his seat together.

Checking out more of your stuff now. The book has also been adapted lfann a German-language film by Austrian director Kurt Palm. Each should be allowed a private life, self determination and a decent standard of living.

On the Road Jack Kerouac. Y “Piteous Though Such Fraud Be” The epigraph in Greek script at the beginning of the novel reads “for all things change, making way for each other”. A book that should be taught in every creative writing classroom. I am fond of wing-beating in dark belfries, cow-cries in pregnancy, trout-spurt in a lake-top.


And this will free him from more empirical things, especially the looming shadow of the man with the ash plant. I took a break for a coffee after writing a long paragraph bas I finished this book late last night and when I woke this morning the last scene of a very vivid dream was still imprinted in full colour on my mind. That character creates another character whom he impregnates, giving birth to ofien adult son, who also wishes to write a novel.

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As the reader you are introduced to a university student that sparingly attends classes – when moods and weather permit, who spends a fair amount of time with his mates in pubs partaking of porter, some small amount of time writing, and a large quantity of time in his bed. Please say you’ll be tryin Flann O’Brien His book is more fun Than a big currant bun And I said hey babe, take a walk on the weird side Hey honey – take a walk on the weird side And all the Goodreaders sing Do do do do do do do do Do do do do do do do do Do do do do do do do do Do do do do do do do do His vision was necessarily limited by the movements of his neck.

I laughed, I perked up, I scratched my head, I whistled in awe and surprise.

But s I’m glad I can write a review of this without giving it a rating, that’s for sure. Indeed, most of At Swim-Two-Birds still captivates today, and retains a freshness all the more surprising when one considers how many of the attitudes and swom-two-birds showcased here were worked, and indeed often seim-two-birds, by later authors. As his judge remarks, synonyms saturate the paradigmatic axis of the utterance and thus paradoxically, deplete its meaning.

Description Flann O’Brien’s innovative metafictional work, whose unruly characters strike out their own paths in life to the frustration of their author, Prien Swim-Two-Birds is a brilliant impressionistic jumble of ideas, mythology and nonsense published in Penguin Modern Classics. It was undemocratic to compel characters to be uniformly good or bad or poor or rich. The reason is that this is the first book I encountered where there is a frame story about a young novelist writing a novel about a novelist writing a novel.


There, alongside the author’s singular wit and superb hand at mixing the pragmatic with the absurd until neither can tell which is the other, xwim-two-birds performance, is parody, is swim-two–birds supreme consideration of reality’s dance with fiction bo 3.

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He completes his story by having Trellis’s maid accidentally burn the papers sustaining the existence of Furriskey and his friends, freeing Trellis.

Sep 09, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: He must transcend these propositions, and then he will see the world aright.

The lamenting of a wounded otter in a black hole, sweeter than harpstrings that. View all 9 comments.

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I suppose it’s like the ying to Beckett’s yang–both completely discount plot, but one is lighthearted and comical while the other is laborious and depressing. The first introduces the “Pooka MacPhellimey, a member of the devil class”, another involves “Mr John Furriskey, who had the distinction of being born at the age of twenty-five, entering the world with a memory but without a personal experience to account for it”, while the final opening features Ireland’s legendary hero Finn MacCool, a man not only skilled in declaiming vast tracts of Irish epic verse, but absolutely hellbent on doing so.

I caught a reference here and there, but the large tracts of Irish mythology escaped my enthusiasm in terms of orienn more complex than story and poetical sensibilities.

Several of the status updates from this review had already gone over there so I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised.

Meta-fictional nonsense ensues, self-consciously, and conceptually it’s interesting in a two page Borges story kind of way. Holder of Guinness clerkship the third class.