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Flann O'Brien (1911–1966)

Autore di Il terzo poliziotto

50+ opere 11,970 membri 246 recensioni 121 preferito


Writer Brian O'Nolan was born on October 5, 1911. He graduated from University College, Dublin. This gifted Irish writer had three identities: Brian O'Nolan, an Irish civil servant and administrator; Myles Copaleen, columnist for the Irish Times, poet and author of An Beal Bocht (The Poor Mouth: A mostra altro Bad Story about the Hard Life, 1941), a satire in Gaelic on the Gaelic revival; and Flann O'Brien, playwright and avant-garde comic novelist. His masterpiece, At Swim-Two-Birds (1939), went almost unrecognized in its time. This novel, which plays havoc with the conventional novel form, is about a man writing a book about characters in turn writing about him. O'Brien starts off with three separate openings. The Third Policeman (1967), funny but grim, plunges into the world of the dead, though one is not immediately aware that the protagonist is no longer living. He died on April 1, 1966. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno
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Opere di Flann O'Brien

Il terzo poliziotto (1967) 4,220 copie
The Poor Mouth (1973) 966 copie
L'archivio di Dalkey (1964) 847 copie
The best of Myles (1968) 744 copie
Vita dura (1961) 557 copie
Stories and Plays (1973) 117 copie
At War (Lannan Selection) (1999) 111 copie
Myles Away from Dublin (1600) 73 copie
Myles Before Myles (1988) 63 copie
Flann O'Brien Reader (1978) 20 copie
Fakirlik Edebiyati (2022) 2 copie
Durst und andere Dinge. (2002) 2 copie
De derde Politieman (1971) 1 copia
Irlanda 1 copia
FA170 (1391) 1 copia
Nessun titolo 1 copia

Opere correlate

Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (1983) — Collaboratore — 499 copie
The Best of Modern Humor (1983) — Collaboratore — 290 copie
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (1999) — Collaboratore — 149 copie
Great Irish Detective Stories (1993) — Collaboratore — 89 copie
Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists (2003) — Collaboratore — 51 copie
The Penguin Book of Irish Comic Writing (1996) — Autore, alcune edizioni; Autore, alcune edizioni25 copie
The Wrong Turning: Encounters with Ghosts (2021) — Collaboratore — 13 copie
The Brother [VHS] — Based on work — 1 copia


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"The Best of Myles" by Flann O'Brien in One Book One Thread (Febbraio 2020)


This is a hilarious satire which parodies the typical Gaeltacht memoirs published in Ireland after 1922. These books were a mandatory part of the Irish school curriculum and those who went to high school in Ireland in the '80s will forever remember [b:Peig: The Autobiograpy of Peig Sayers of the Great Blasket Island|1998679|Peig The Autobiograpy of Peig Sayers of the Great Blasket Island|Peig Sayers||671229]. The hardship of life in these remote regions was real, but the Irish have their own unique way of describing it. Tragedy doesn't seem all that bad, because in the end "Shur it'll all be grand". Flann O' Brien takes this to a whole new level in this extremely amusing parody.

Anois caithfidh mé an leagan Gaeilge, [b:An Béal Bocht|1638992|An Béal Bocht|Myles na gCopaleen||969563] le [a:Myles na gCopaleen|757952|Myles na gCopaleen|], a léamh. Fuair mé sa phoist é inné agus tá mé ag súil leis é a chur i gcomparáid leis an aistriúchán Béarla.

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amurray914 | 18 altre recensioni | Feb 27, 2024 |
‘The Poor Mouth’ is a scathing yet amusing satire squarely aimed at the narratives and custodians of Gaelic Ireland, complete with endless rain, countless meals of potatoes and house shares with sheep and pigs. The protagonist, Bonaparte O’Coonassa, lives in the fictitious village of Corkadoragha where he ambles through a poverty stricken yet mildly philosophical and content life. This is a short, enjoyable read that immerses you in a beautiful, simple yet ridiculous tale which pulsates with Irishness. Without having read O’Brien’s other works yet, I’ve gleaned that this is only moderately surreal in comparison but it was still evidence of skilful writing and a risk-taking, experimental style that made for an engaging read. I’ll definitely be reading his others!… (altro)
Dzaowan | 18 altre recensioni | Feb 15, 2024 |
Another of the books I read twenty or more years ago. I read a lot of Flann O'Brien then and particularly enjoyed the collections of his journalism, but hadn't looked at any of his work since. I can say that I liked The Third Policeman just as much as the first time I read it, but with more years behind me see completely different things in it. Then it was a comic, absurd fantasy; now it reads as a much darker, surreal piece. The comedy is still there - the way bicycles and their riders start becoming more alike over the years - but it underpins what is essentially a vision of some sort of hell. There is a certain ornateness to the language which adds to the darkly comic feel, and it's certainly a book worth reading more than once.… (altro)
petermt | 121 altre recensioni | Dec 18, 2023 |
Feels like a shaggy dog story with a punchline that we're not privy to. It has funny moments and O'Brien is a good writer but I felt like I was missing a whole lot.
tombomp | 5 altre recensioni | Oct 31, 2023 |


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