At Swim-Two-Birds

At Swim-Two-Birds Best Read || [Flann O'Brien] - At Swim-Two-Birds, At Swim Two Birds A wildly comic send up of Irish literature and culture At Swim Two Birds is the story of a young lazy and frequently drunk Irish college student who lives with his curmudgeonly uncle in Dublin When
  • Title: At Swim-Two-Birds
  • Author: Flann O'Brien
  • ISBN: 9780140181722
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback

At Swim-Two-Birds Best Read || [Flann O'Brien], At Swim-Two-Birds, Flann O'Brien, At Swim Two Birds A wildly comic send up of Irish literature and culture At Swim Two Birds is the story of a young lazy and frequently drunk Irish college student who lives with his curmudgeonly uncle in Dublin When not in bed where he seems to spend most of his time or reading he is composing a mischief filled novel about Dermot Trellis a second rate author whose characters ultimateA wildly c At Swim-Two-Birds Best Read || [Flann O'Brien] - At Swim-Two-Birds, At Swim Two Birds A wildly comic send up of Irish literature and culture At Swim Two Birds is the story of a young lazy and frequently drunk Irish college student who lives with his curmudgeonly uncle in Dublin When
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At Swim-Two-Birds

About Author

  1. Pseudonym of Brian Nuall in, also known as Brian O Nolan.His English novels appeared under the name of Flann O Brien, while his great Irish novel and his newspaper column which appeared from 1940 to 1966 were signed Myles na gCopaleen or Myles na Gopaleen the second being a phonetic rendering of the first One of twelve brothers and sisters, he was born in 1911 in Strabane, County Tyrone, into an Irish speaking family His father had learned Irish while a young man during the Gaelic revival the son was later to mock O Brien s childhood has been described as happy, though somewhat insular, as the language spoken at home was not that spoken by their neighbours The Irish language had long been in decline, and Strabane was not in an Irish speaking part of the country The family moved frequently during O Brien s childhood, finally settling in Dublin in 1925 Four years later O Brien took up study in University College Dublin.Flann O Brien is considered a major figure in twentieth century Irish literature Flann O Brien novels have attracted a wide following for their bizarre humour and Modernist metafiction.The caf and shop of Cult rlann McAdam Fiaich culturlann , at the heart of the Belfast Gaeltacht Quarter, is named An Ceathr P il The Fourth Policeman , as a play on words of the title of O Brien s book The Third Policeman.

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  1. I finished this book late last night and when I woke this morning the last scene of a very vivid dream was still imprinted in full colour on my mind In the dream I had been searching for something, google searching, and a google page filled my vision, a page to which I d been led by a bizarre mistype jiethleef.Oh, drat so much for that promising beginning I took a break for a coffee after writing a long paragraph based on linking that dream to having finished At Swim Two Birds late last night, a [...]

  2. Did not think that anything zany than the Third Policeman was possible people who like Lost should check the book out, by the way On my first read of this book in 2009 I was too entranced with the main plot device of the characters plotting against the author, etc and probably overlooked the insane ironies, the scathing parodies and the Joycean aspects Consider Flann O Brien offers the reader three possible openings and even has his narrator remark that a satisfactory novel should be a self evi [...]

  3. A Review Composed of Interrogatives and SpeculationsWhat are we to make of At Swim Two Birds Despite the fact of its being one of the laugh out loud funniest, most absurdly and grossly comedic, most intelligent novels I ve ever read, At Swim Two Birds is simultaneously profoundly cruel, cruelly profound, unsettling, and causes such a discord with the idea of imaginative reality and authority in fiction that I would say that the overall effect of reading the book is something akin to a blend of i [...]

  4. Piteous Though Such Fraud Be The epigraph in Greek script at the beginning of the novel reads for all things change, making way for each other.It comes from the following passage of Euripides Heracles Amphitryon Daughter, there may yet be a happy escape From present troubles for me and you My son, your husband, may yet arrive So calm yourself, and wipe those tears From your children s eyes, And soothe them with soft words, Inventing a tale to delude them, Piteous though such fraud be Yes, for ev [...]

  5. Here is how this goes On an intellectual level, at Swim two Birds is nonpareil Its like watching an expert surgeon performing keyhole surgery par excellence not a wrong move, each clinical motion precisely fitted and flowing effortlessly into the next a symphony of elegantly executed literary manoeuvres which coalesce discrete etudes into a continuo of cohesiveness no faults Not a one Innovative, large, yet humble, sprawling, yet mindful of an epicentre, gargantuan ambition anchored in realistic [...]

  6. Flann O Brien is surely Ireland s most neglected writer Though his talent was on a par with the genius of his contemporaries, Joyce and Beckett, he has never come close to achieving the same degree of recognition There are several possible explanations for this The simplest is that Joyce and Beckett managed to cut the umbilical cord though Mother Ireland featured large in their writing, they both managed to make an escape, living the latter part of their lives in exile This might not seem like a [...]

  7. Cannot wait to start this one Highly recommended, a couple of fun little bookstore investigations, just chomping at the bit This book is going to be amazing I can tell already and it WAS great I had it on a four star basis throughout most of the reading, due to the metafictional thing leaving me just the slightest bit dry and confused, just can t abide being TOO alienated from the story But the last 20 pages brought me back and achieved an unexpected tenderness and a lyrical glow available throu [...]

  8. This is a seriously lovely inch perfect parabola of joy which everyone ought to at least try Go on You know you want to All right, you didn t know you wanted to But i know you better than that Would I lie How long have we known each other now Well then, have I ever recommended a duff book Name one There, you can t I admit that At Swim Two birds won t be everybody s slice of schwarzw lder kirschtorte Probably some will stumble away pallid and looking like they ve spent a week with a mad Irish per [...]

  9. At Swim To Birds is a 1939 novel by Irish author Brian O Nolan under the non de plueme Flann O Brien At one time, he also used a pen name Myles na Coppaleen Myles of the Little Horses taken from the character in Dion Boucicault s play The Colleen Bawn When my brother and I learned about this other pseudonym we thought that O Brien might have some naughty Filipino friends or relatives Myles could be a name of an Irish person, male or female Then na Coppaleen is, in Filipino language, a descriptio [...]

  10. 3.5 5But which of us can hope to probe with questioning finger the dim thoughts that flit in a fool s head.I will admit, I liked The Third Policeman better I will also admit to holding this as the better book, one with recognizable traces of TTP amidst so much There, alongside the author s singular wit and superb hand at mixing the pragmatic with the absurd until neither can tell which is the other, is performance, is parody, is a supreme consideration of reality s dance with fiction both fooli [...]

  11. Ok, it s official I got to page 127, and I GIVE UP There were parts at the beginning of this book which I quite enjoyed Unfortunately, after slogging through the last 80 or so pages of random witterings, I can t remember what they were or why I enjoyed them A few casual impressions that I was left with 1 What do you read, my lord Words, words, words HAMLET, Act II, scene 2 2 I am reasonably certain that, had I read this book in high school, I would have eaten it up I would have read books on Iri [...]

  12. This is a testament to why I love I don t think I ever would have stumbled across this singularly unique gem without it The book almost defies review because it defies all literary conventions however, it does so in such an overt and parodic manner that it never becomes tedious reading I suppose it s like the ying to Beckett s yang both completely discount plot, but one is lighthearted and comical while the other is laborious and depressing.The absurdity of the book is always right on the surfac [...]

  13. Good news My No Dogs, No Irish sign has officially been removed from above the front door My Irish wife will be ecstatic You know what I m going to do for you good kids I m going to explain, in intricate and hyper articulate fashion, why At Swim Two Birds is a perfect novel I m going to do this in such a manner that even Flann O Brien would be jealous I am going to deconstruct the entire novel and build it up again, expanding upon the work where I see fit Then, for my second act, I m going to si [...]

  14. I m glad I can write a review of this without giving it a rating, that s for sure The last thing I need is to be assaulted by legions of self consciously intellectual and or hip readers decrying my inability to get it, because I gave a crappy rating to a probably interesting book Instead I can write a review which such readers won t bother reading and perhaps save you the effort of picking the book up, or, alternatively, help you discover that this is a book of the type that you enjoy But seriou [...]

  15. If I was to be stranded on a desert island for the rest of my life and could only take one book with me this would be it It is so complex and rich that every new reading reveals details previously missed and perspectives not previously considered The Pooka MacPhellimey and the Good Fairy are just genius Afterwards, near Lad La e P lice Station a small man in black fell in with us and tapping me often about the chest, talked to me earnestly on the subject of Rousseau, a member of the French natio [...]

  16. Flann O Brien Brian O Nolan 1911 1966 Uma Caneca de Tinta Irlandesa no original At Swim Two Birds foi publicado em 1939 e o primeiro livro do escritor irland s Flann O Brien, pseud nimo de Brian O Nolan 1911 1966 Descrever o enredo de Uma Caneca de Tinta Irlandesa n o tarefa f cil O narrador, sem nome, um indolente estudante universit rio de literatura irlandesa que vive com o seu tio Brinsley, um solteir o respeit vel e complacente, que trabalha na f brica de cerveja Guinness Guinness St James [...]

  17. Comedia, s tira, surrealismo, metaliteratura, mitolog a irlandesa, demonios, duendes, beodos, metaf sica, f bulas, historias de historias de historias, y mucha cerveza, de todo esto nos habla Flann O Brien en la que fue su primera novela, En Nadar dos p jaros At Swim Two Birds, 1939.La novela se inicia con un joven estudiante, bastante harag n, al que su t o no deja de incordiar para que abra alg n libro de vez en cuando, y que dedica su tiempo de ocio para escribir una novela Esta novela tiene [...]

  18. Kitaba ge meden nce biraz yazar ndan bahsetmek istiyorum nk bu ilgin rlandal yazar lkemizde neredeyse hi tan nm yor Arkada lar m aras nda imdiye dek bu yazar okumu birine de rastlamad m Zaten ben de ilk defa okuyorum Brian O Nolan, ilk roman A aca T neyen Sweeny yi At Swim Two Birds 1939 da Flann O Brien imzas yla yazd nda 28 ya ndaym Kitab n ilk bask s 6 ay i inde 244 adet satm ki tam da Londra daki yay nevinin deposuna d en bir bomba geriye kalan kopyalar yok etmi Yine de bir kopyas James Joyc [...]

  19. Bamba ka bir k lt re ait, bamba ka bir zamandan kopup gelen bir kitap A aca T neyen Sweeny Hakk nda yorum yapman n zor oldu u, istesek de a amayaca m z mesafelerle varolan kitaplardan O y zden herkesin el st nde tuttu u b ylesi bir kitap hakk nda konu mak konusunda ekimserim Fakat na izane, ben bir ba yap tla kar la mad m Okuyucu olman n znelli ine s narak rahatl kla s ylemek gerekirse Bekledi imi bulamad m.

  20. A story within a novel in progress within a frame narrative compounded with an interlocking series of jests.

  21. Shanahan at this point inserted a brown tobacco finger in the texture of the story and in this manner caused a lacuna in the palimpsest This is how the narrator describes Shanahan s interruption of the story being written by Orlick Trellis son of the author protagonist of a story in which all of them are characters, at the point where Orlick introduces Shanahan, yet again, as a character of the story he is now writing yes, that s how convoluted it gets.There can hardly be a better term than pali [...]

  22. Um escritor para escritores, pois foram Borges, Joyce e Greene que o democratizaram Em At Swim Two Birds discutimos livros dentro de livros, autores e personagens que se sabotam uns aos outros, pais contra filhos enfim, porque n o dizer que um livro sobre cerveja e literatura Duas das coisas para as quais vivo Concretamente, um jovem estudante irland s escreve tr s in cios para um livro Entretanto, bebe ami de aquele escuro malte v treo com os amigos, escapando tutela conservadora do seu tio Uma [...]

  23. The unnamed narrator, a dissolute university student badly neglecting his studies, explains to his friends in drink, with countless diversions, the novel he is writing about Mr Delmot Trellis, a slothful and dissolute inhabitant of an inn, who in turn is writing a novel about a character, inter alia, who is born middle aged Our primary narrator describes, among other information, his theory of writing novels, including his conviction that characters need not be developed de novo but should be ta [...]

  24. I don t know how to adequately review this book It s beyond strange.Basically the story of a student who would rather sleep and drink than go to class who wouldn t, right who writes a story about a writer who is writing a story The characters of the fictional writer turn against him and start to live their lives on their own Sounds like a good premise, right It is There are so many twists and turns Yet it s told in such a way that it s truly hard to follow I recognized good writing, some humorou [...]

  25. Okay, I was supposed to read this mother in grad school, but I was too busy drinking or playing basketball or eating lunch with Chad or working out or trying to sleep with one of my classmates students neighbors or the vaguely French looking chick at Al s that played rad songs on the jukebox In any case I didn t read much of it then because, well, it is a difficult book for all time fuckups to read Here s the deal, I read it today All of it In one day Why Because it is fucking hilarious and a sl [...]

  26. Flann O Brien is a wit, a shaman, a pooka and a conjurer Call him Finn MacCool from Finnegan s Wake Is the plot original Tis Is the story outrageously funny in places It is very satisfactory Is the dialogue masterful Absolutely Does he rank with Joyce, Beckett and Yeats Sorry, no Although he is often compared to them, this Irish literary triumvirate occupy a celestial sphere outside Flann s lesser luminary sphere Is it close Not really I loved the book and William H Gass in his introduction and [...]

  27. This was a lot of fun to read It s not a novel in the traditional sense, but several stories mashed together, and the characters rebel from the author at one point and so forth and so forth Cowboy stories, trials, and Irish mythology It s almost confusing, but very entertaining I ll be reading Flann O Brien soon enough.

  28. A few posts ago, I introduced my actual readers in cyberspace to my Host of Imaginary Readers HIR , who question pretty much everything I write, and don t like me as a thinker, a builder of sentences, or as a person in general The HIR badgers me every time I sit down to work on my novel, and the only thing that allows me to move forward under their crippling attacks is the fact that they re not really there.I thought I had it pretty bad with my unseen critics, until I read Flann O Brien s labyri [...]

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