An edition of At Swim-Two-Birds (1939)

At Swim-Two-Birds

1st Dalkey Archive ed.
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An edition of At Swim-Two-Birds (1939)

At Swim-Two-Birds

1st Dalkey Archive ed.
  • 3.00 ·
  • 1 Rating
  • 38 Want to read
  • 2 Currently reading
  • 1 Have read

"The story of an Irish college student who - half to amuse himself and half to avoid work - writes an irreverent novel about the figures of Irish myth and legend in which characters come to life and riot against their author, At Swim is a wildly comic send-up of Irish literature and culture.".

"O'Brien opened up a whole new world of possibilities for fiction and subsequent novelists have played with his zany ideas, chief among them being the idea that characters in fiction have earned the right to be "recycled" - after all, they've proven their reliability as characters! - not retired once their stories are finished."--BOOK JACKET.

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Language
English
Pages
315

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Cover of: At Swim-Two-Birds
At Swim-Two-Birds
1998, Dalkey Archive Press
in English - 1st Dalkey Archive ed.
Cover of: In Schwimmen-zwei-Vögel
In Schwimmen-zwei-Vögel: oder Sweeny auf den Bäumen
1990, Haffmans Verlag, Zürich : Haffmans Verlag
in German - [Rev. ed.]
Cover of: At Swim-Two-Birds

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First Sentence

"Having placed in my mouth sufficient bread for three minutes' chewing, I withdrew my powers of sensual perception and retired into the privacy of my mind, my eyes and face assuming a vacant and preoccupied expression."

Edition Notes

Series
Irish literature series

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
823/.912
Library of Congress
PR6029.N56 A934 1998, PR6029.N56A934 1998

The Physical Object

Pagination
xviii, 315 p. ;
Number of pages
315

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL702430M
Internet Archive
atswimtwobirds0000obri
ISBN 10
156478181X
LCCN
97051424
OCLC/WorldCat
38112511
Library Thing
58506
Goodreads
97333

Work Description

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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