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The Poor Mouth: A Bad Story About the Hard Life (Irish Literature Series) - Flann O'Brien, Patrick C. Power, Ralph Steadman
The Poor Mouth: A Bad Story About the Hard Life (Irish Literature Series)
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"O'Brien was one of the comic geniuses of the 20th century . . . The Poor Mouth is wildly funny and Steadman's drawings catch the spirit."—Boston GlobeThe Poor Mouth relates the story of one Bonaparte O'Coonassa, born in a cabin in a fictitious village called Corkadoragha in western Ireland... show more
"O'Brien was one of the comic geniuses of the 20th century . . . The Poor Mouth is wildly funny and Steadman's drawings catch the spirit."—Boston GlobeThe Poor Mouth relates the story of one Bonaparte O'Coonassa, born in a cabin in a fictitious village called Corkadoragha in western Ireland equally renowned for its beauty and the abject poverty of its residents. Potatoes constitute the basis of his family's daily fare, and they share both bed and board with the sheep and pigs. A scathing satire on the Irish, this work brought down on the author's head the full wrath of those who saw themselves as the custodians of Irish language and tradition when it was first published in Gaelic in 1941.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781564780911 (1564780910)
ASIN: 1564780910
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Pages no: 128
Edition language: English
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Rowena's Reviews
Rowena's Reviews rated it
4.0
This was a satire about the Irish life told by narrator Bonaparte O'Coonassa (what a name!). There are LOTS of references to potatoes, poverty, drunkenness, perpetual rainfall and the Gaelic language issue. It's a very grim book but manages to be quite funny because of the narrator's writing style. ...
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javajunco rated it
4.0 The Poor Mouth: A Bad Story About the Hard Life (Irish Literature Series)
This is straight hyperbole. If you like that sort of thing, you will love this. It's not the very best thing O'Brien wrote, but it's quite fun. :)
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