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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (24 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141182687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141182681
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At Swim-Two-Birds is a marvel of imagination, language, and humor. At Swim-Two-Birds has remained in my mind ever since it firstappeared as one of the best books of our century. A book in a thousand. . . in the line of Ulysses and Tristram Shandy.--Graham Greene If I were a cultural dictator in England I would make At Swim-Two-Birds compulsory reading in all universities.--Philip Toynbee Flann O'Brien is unquestionably a major author. His work, like that ofJoyce, is so layered as to be almost Dante-esque. . . . Joyce and FlannO'Brien assault your brain with words, style, magic, madness, andunlimited invention.--Anthony Burgess 'Tis the odd joke of modern Irish literature of the three novelistsin its holy trinity, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Flann O'Brien, theeasiest and most accessible of the lot is O'Brien. . . . Flann O'Brienwas too much his own man, Ireland's man, to speak in any but his owntongue. At Swim-Two-Birdsis both a comedy and a fantasy of such staggering originality that itbaffles description and very nearly beggars our sense of delight.

About the Author

Flann O'Brien was born on October 5, 1911, in Strabane, Ireland. He was a novelist and dramatist. He wrote a column for The Irish Times for 26 years under the name Myles na gCopaleen. His best known novel is At Swim-Two-Birds, which was written in 1939. It combines folklore, poetry and humor. He died in Dublin on April 1, 1966.


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