At Swim-Two-Birds- Flann O' Brien Reviews
Description:ISBN 156478181X / Author: Flann O'Brien / Genre: Fiction / In a 1938 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 Swim-Two-Birds--and if we take queer to mean diabolically ... more
At Swim-Two-Birds- Flann O' Brien ... eccentric, then truer words were never spoken. The author, whose real name was Brian O'Nolan, had successfully stirred Gaelic legend, pulp fiction, and grimy Dublin realism into a hilarious cocktail. His mastery of modernist collage would have been an ample accomplishment itself. But O'Brien was also blessed with the writer's equivalent of perfect pitch, and in At Swim-Two-Birds he squeezes the maximum beauty and banality out of the English language. All he lacks is a tragic register, but he makes up for this deficit with a sense of comedy so acute that even James Joyce couldn't resist blurbing his fellow Dubliner's creation: A really funny book.
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