The Third Policeman
The Third Policeman is Flann O'Brien's brilliantly dark comic novel about the nature of time, death, and existence. Told by a narrator who has committed a botched robbery and brutal murder, the novel follows him and his adventures in a two-dimensional police station where, through the theories of... show more
The Third Policeman is Flann O'Brien's brilliantly dark comic novel about the nature of time, death, and existence. Told by a narrator who has committed a botched robbery and brutal murder, the novel follows him and his adventures in a two-dimensional police station where, through the theories of the scientist/philosopher de Selby, he is introduced to "Atomic Theory" and its relation to bicycles, the existence of eternity (which turns out to be just down the road), and de Selby's view that the earth is not round but "sausage-shaped." With the help of his newly found soul named "Joe," he grapples with the riddles and contradictions that three eccentric policeman present to him.The last of O'Brien's novels to be published, The Third Policeman joins O'Brien's other fiction (At Swim-Two-Birds, The Poor Mouth, The Hard Life, The Best of Myles, and The Dalkey Archive) to ensure his place, along with James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, as one of Ireland's great comic geniuses.With the publication of The Third Policeman, Dalkey Archive Press now has all of O'Brien's fiction back in print.
Publish date: March 1st 2002
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Pages no: 200
Edition language: English
Going to put this book on hold til I get the German edition so I can read it in my native language. I'm not ashamed to admit that the original one is a little too exhausting for me ^^
Organizing your thoughts and articulating them in a concise and clever fashion is hard so here's me rambling on for a while!First off, this took me...hold on...more than four months to read. 200 pages. Four months. Pathetic. Of course I wasn't reading it throughout the entire four months, I had sort...
Why did I read it? It was recommended to me by the son of an Irish author as essential reading. What's it about? Yes, I'm still trying to figure it out. What did I like? The narration by Jim Norton was fine and the audio was clear. As to the book: A very different style of book from my usu...
Bizarrely good. An aura of strangeness tinged the first few pages, and then it intensified, and then there was a surreal tumble down the rabbit hole into a very curious world. A place where "...the trees were active where they stood." You need to "use your internal imagination". Descriptions and ...
What I like and dislike about the Third Policeman would all be classified as spoilers, I think. I hate that kind of review.It is, at least, interesting and more than simply weird.