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The Third Policeman (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) Paperback – 1 Apr 2007
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‘Flann O’Brien learned from Joyce the art of tuning language to a lyrical pitch, which he could then turn to his purpose, whether it was to be plain foolery, unconcealed indignation or high comedy. The best of his contemporaries and many subsequent Irish writers have much to thank him for.’ Sunday Times
‘Flann O’Brien is inventive, his storytelling is swift and sure, making the eccentric seem natural and the commonplace hilarious.’ The Times
‘Even with “Ulysses” and “Finnegans Wake” behind him, James Joyce might have been envious.’ Observer
‘Wonderful. “The Third Policeman” is a great masterpiece of black humour.’ George Mackay Brown
A masterpiece of black humour from the renown comic and acclaimed author of 'At Swim-Two-Birds' -- Flann O'Brien. A thriller, a hilarious comic satire about an archetypal village police force, a surrealistic vision of eternity, the story of a tender, brief, unrequited love affair between a man and his bicycle, and a chilling fable of unending guilt, 'The Third Policeman' is comparable only to 'Alice in Wonderland' as an allegory of the absurd. Distinguished by endless comic invention and its delicate balancing of logic and fantasy, 'The Third Policeman' is unique in the English language.See all Product description
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Very whimsical, very poetic, very surreal. A true piece of Irish whimsy.
Sadly, I like my books to be a little more driven. The pacing of this is very gentle, which doesn't quite grab my attention enough. In a way, it reminds me of the 'asides', or the side stories in the Lord of the Rings books
Caution: DO NOT READ the author's notes at the back in search of explanation - it will immediately give you a spoiler which will, er, spoil the book for you.
A very strange and surreal, book but one that I found engaging and entertaining. At times it became bogged down, especially some of the lengthy footnotes, but it rattled along and came to a satisfying end.