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At Swim-two-birds (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 24 Feb 2000

3.7 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (24 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141182687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141182681
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.4 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,476 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.

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Flann O'Brien's first novel is a brilliant impressionistic jumble of ideas, mythology and nonsense. Operating on many levels it incorporates plots within plots, giving full rein to O'Brien's dancing intellect and Celtic wit. The undergraduate narrator lives with his uncle in Dublin, drinks too much with his friends and invents stories peopled with hilarious and unlikely characters, one of whom, in a typical O'Brien conundrum, creates a means by which women can give birth to full-grown people. Flann O'Brien's blend of farce, satire and fantasy result in a remarkable, astonishingly innovative book.

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