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Flann O'Brien
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"His writing is invariably compared to those other Irish greats, Joyce and Beckett, but for me he is infinitely more accessible and much funnier." (Sue Arnold, The Guardian)"What fun not to know which direction any sentence will take." --Christina Hardyment, The Times

The book begins by detailing an odd relationship between two men. A flashback shows something is amiss, and the scene unfolds to a horrible crime. The story suddenly falls into a fantastical, almost stream-of-consciousness, tale of time-travel, with one of the men journeying with police officers in an investigation of a missing bicycle. This complicated novel s saving grace is an unexpected ending, and Jim Norton's narration. He employs varying tones and pitches, and one of the officers' voices is a wonderful Indian-British accent with a friendly, commanding authority. This story will irk some listeners; others will be intrigued. (At the end, listeners learn why the shift to the fantastical happens so fast.) There s little character development, but listeners won't mind as Norton does a good job as guide. --AudioFile

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"Of all O'Brien's books, 'The Third Policeman' seems to have the most gripping, complete and beautifully fashioned insanity. This is the kind of work that could give post-modernism a good name."
A.L. KENNEDY

'How desirable her seat was, how charming the invitation of her slim encircling handle-arms, how unaccountably competent and reassuring her pump resting warmly against her thigh! I knew that I liked this bicycle more than I had ever liked any other bicycle, better even than I had liked some people with two legs…'

"Wonderful… you may want to padlock it in a darkened cupboard for fear its inventive brilliance will drive you mad. O'Brien's eccentric linguistic genius rivals that of Joyce, and his ability to drop a joke into the surrealist void is on a par with Beckett's. This novel is impossible, unreasonable, unconscionable and will leave the reader permanently suspicious of bicycles."
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About the Author

Flann O’Brien was one of the many pseudonyms of Brian O’Nolan, author of the classic novel At-Swim-
Two-Birds and, under the name Myles na Gopaleen, writer of a celebrated satirical column in the Irish Times which appeared daily for almost thirty years. Highly praised by Samuel Beckett and James Joyce, amongst others, O’Brien is regarded as one of the great comic writers of the twentieth century. He died in 1966.

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