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At Swim-Two-Birds - Flann O'Brien
At Swim-Two-Birds
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"That's a real writer, with the true comic spirit. A really funny book."—James Joyce.A wildly comic send-up of Irish literature and culture, At Swim-Two-Birds is the story of a young, lazy, and frequently drunk Irish college student who lives with his curmudgeonly uncle in Dublin. When not in bed... show more
"That's a real writer, with the true comic spirit. A really funny book."—James Joyce.A wildly comic send-up of Irish literature and culture, At Swim-Two-Birds is the story of a young, lazy, and frequently drunk Irish college student who lives with his curmudgeonly uncle in Dublin. When not in bed (where he seems to spend most of his time) or reading he is composing a mischief-filled novel about Dermot Trellis, a second-rate author whose characters ultimately rebel against him and seek vengeance. From drugging him as he sleeps to dropping the ceiling on his head, these figures of Irish myth make Trellis pay dearly for his bad writing. Hilariously funny and inventive, At Swim-Two-Birds has influenced generations of writers, opening up new possibilities for what can be done in fiction. It is a true masterpiece of Irish literature.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781564781819 (156478181X)
ASIN: 156478181X
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
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Inked Brownies
Inked Brownies rated it
3.0 Op Twee-Vogel-Wad
3.5 stars Postponing review until later today
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0
Opening: having placed in my mouth sufficient bread for three minutes' chewing, I withdrew my powers of sensual perception and retired into the privacy of my mind, my eyes and face assuming a vacant preoccupied expression.Grazie, Hayes! I roared with laughter at the 'ickle red vespa magnet - and ho...
Tower of Iron Will
Tower of Iron Will rated it
3.0
One of the oddest books I ever tried to read. There is a lot of drinking and pookas and Irish humor that I did not quite get. Before reading this book you should attempt to walk the length of Ireland with a buffalo hidden on your person and only then will you be prepared.
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.0 At Swim-Two-Birds (Irish Literature Series)
Not really my kind of read but not a bad read.
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