In a letter to a literary agent, Flann O’Brien described his first novel as “a very queer affair, unbearably queer perhaps.” The book in question was At. Flann O’Brien’s innovative metafictional work, whose unruly characters strike out their own paths in life to the frustration of their author. O’Brien found his novel branded as the book you read for more of the same after you had finished Finnegans Wake. Since few survived the Wake, and even.

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The best novels: No 64 – At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien () | Books | The Guardian

He completes his story by having Trellis’s maid accidentally burn the papers sustaining the existence of Furriskey and his friends, freeing Trellis. Two young fosterlings he must carry under the armpits to his jacket through the whole of Erin, and six arm-bearing warriors in his swim-rwo-birds together. Hieroglyphic Tales by Horace Walpole Week This is a quirky book filled with sharp wit and creativity.

Even those who subsequently mess with the rules often start out on a conventional note Joyce had to work up to the horror that is Finnegans Wake.

The book consists of the extremely diverse manuscripts of these real or imagined persons, copiously annotated by the student.

Never too Late to I’d say, for example, that Kraken by China Mieville scores maybe only five and a half on a At Swim scale. The narrator, a literature student at University College Dublin, tells us that he disagrees with the notion that a book should have ‘one beginning and one ending’ and immediately proves it by providing three completely different openings.


By the sensory perception of his ten fingers. His suffering is in the service of creating beautiful songs. Each and every time will land you swim-two-birxs little farther along, and in no time you’ll have finished this highly lauded and extremely odd piece of work.

Other writers, poets and bards appear in these pages, and even if they don’t need to fear the death penalty, they have plenty of woes of their own. 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.

Flann O’Brien’s Novel At Swim-Two-Birds Is a Postmodernist Masterpiece of Comic Storytelling

His best known novel is At Swim-Two-Birds, which was written in Not many days later, we had dinner with the friends who gave me this book. There is therefore an appreciable and calculable interval of time between the throwing by a man of a glance at his own face in a mirror and the registration of the reflected image in his eye. This book has something for the professor and a regular old boyo. View all 28 comments. That reminds me of a story about a Pooka and some fairies which my father used to tell us on Halloween.

Rathbaner It’s a book about a fella writing a book about a fella writing a book.

At Swim-Two-Birds

I swim-two-bbirds a reference here and there, but the large tracts of Irish mythology escaped my enthusiasm in terms of anything more complex than story and poetical sensibilities. Book ratings by Goodreads. Lists with This Flnan. The novel can be enjoyed solely at this level, without all of its Post-Modern accoutrements, as just a “tale that deludes us”, a “happy escape”, a stout-fuelled escapade or piece of escapism. If he be delivered of a warrior or a blue spear, he is not taken. That right there is mostly bias, as in TTP there was a great deal of engineering style slap dash, physical laws and computational calculations extended to an absurdity in reality and a recognizable form in the classroom.


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From the very first paragraph, we are on notice that the book doesn’t swim-two-bords by the conventional rules. Open Preview See a Problem? I think this invention has the advantage that it contains an unusual name and one that is quite ordinary.

But s I’m glad I can write a review of this without giving it a rating, that’s for sure. The style is funky and loose, weaving in and out of the different layers of the story at a whim, without break.

Perhaps, the point is that we and our fictions should eschew cerebral norms, that normality warrants rebellion, that we worry too much, that we get discouraged and depressed too easily in our quest to conform with the crowd, that “despair is the mark of a coward”?

Checking out more of your stuff now. It is thought to have been the last novel Joyce ever read.

Sep 22, Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing Shelves: Camp Concentration Disch, Thomas M. Generally, however, the reviews were poor, and the book was swim-fwo-birds by the enthusiastic support of writers such as Graham Greene and Dylan Thomas.