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4.0 out of 5 stars Second Best - but the "best" part is much more important!
The very title suggests quite clearly what you are in for - another selection of cuttings from The Cruiskeen Lawn, a comic column in The Irish Times written by Brian O'Nolan a.k.a. Flann O'Brien a.k.a. Myles na Gopaleen between 1940 and 1965.
This volume generally follows the structure of "The Best of Myles" disregarding the chronological order. It is quite neat but...
Published on 18 Feb. 2009 by Ford Ka

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss collection from early post-modern Irish satirist
I love Flann O'Brien's novels. Without him I doubt whether we'd have had Spike Milligan, Monty Python or Woody Allen. His first collection, Best of Myles, from the daily Irish Times column that he wrote between 1940 and 1966 is more hit or miss (that collection covers a selection between 1940-5), but when it hit, it was hilarious.

The same is true of the second...
Published on 22 Aug. 2011 by Harun Mushod


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3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss collection from early post-modern Irish satirist, 22 Aug. 2011
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Harun Mushod (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Further Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn (John F. Byrne Irish Literature Series) (Paperback)
I love Flann O'Brien's novels. Without him I doubt whether we'd have had Spike Milligan, Monty Python or Woody Allen. His first collection, Best of Myles, from the daily Irish Times column that he wrote between 1940 and 1966 is more hit or miss (that collection covers a selection between 1940-5), but when it hit, it was hilarious.

The same is true of the second collection covering a selection between 1947-1957, along with a companion 'The Hair of the Dogma' - - which I haven't read yet - covering the same period (one wonders what happened in 1946 that resulted in Myles's columns from that year being excluded from any of the collections).

I struggled with the first third of the book ('Monologues and dialogues', and 'The District and other Courts') until the section on 'Bores' which for me was the highlight of the book. Thereafter there are occasional gems and one largely non-humorous but spot-on analysis of why hospitals need managers (written in the forties or fifties, mind you).

Not a book to begin a flirtation with Flann O'Brien's work but worth a go after you've read Best of Myles and the novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Second Best - but the "best" part is much more important!, 18 Feb. 2009
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Ford Ka (Edinburgh, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Further Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn (John F. Byrne Irish Literature Series) (Paperback)
The very title suggests quite clearly what you are in for - another selection of cuttings from The Cruiskeen Lawn, a comic column in The Irish Times written by Brian O'Nolan a.k.a. Flann O'Brien a.k.a. Myles na Gopaleen between 1940 and 1965.
This volume generally follows the structure of "The Best of Myles" disregarding the chronological order. It is quite neat but rather not in the spirit of the original publication which was quite purposefully absolutely unexpected in its structure and sequence. In some chapters this reorganization helps the reader to see development which otherwise could be lost but there are others where a sequence of fairly similar cuttings can get rather tedious.
If O'Brien's crazy and abstract sense of humor is your cup of tea, it doesn't really matter where you start. You will be drawn into it and beg for more (fortunately there are at least four other selections). You should be warned, however, that it is a kind of acquired taste and may not agree with your tastebuds at all. In the latter case, however, it doesn't really matter which of the selections turns you off, does it?
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