At Swim-Two-Birds

At Swim-Two-Birds

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by Flann O'Brien
     
 

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"That's a real writer, with the true comic spirit. A really funny book." James Joyce.

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"That's a real writer, with the true comic spirit. A really funny book." James Joyce.

Editorial Reviews

New Republic
“At Swim-Two-Birds is a marvel of imagination, language, and humor.”
Graham Greene
“At Swim-Two-Birds has remained in my mind ever since it first appeared as one of the best books of our century. A book in a thousand . . . in the line of Ulysses and Tristram Shandy.”
Philip Toynbee
“If I were a cultural dictator in England I would make At Swim-Two-Birds compulsory reading in all universities.”
Anthony Burgess
“Flann O'Brien is unquestionably a major author. His work, like that of
Joyce, is so layered as to be almost Dante-esque. . . . Joyce and Flann
O'Brien assault your brain with words, style, magic, madness, and unlimited invention.”
Chicago Tribune
“At Swim-Two-Birds is both a comedy and a fantasy of such staggering originality that it baffles description and very nearly beggars our sense of delight.”
Washington Post
“'Tis the odd joke of modern Irish literature—of the three novelists in its holy trinity, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Flann O'Brien, the easiest and most accessible of the lot is O'Brien. . . . Flann O'Brien was too much his own man, Ireland's man, to speak in any but his own tongue.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564781819
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Series:
Irish Literature Series
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
175,086
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1120L (what's this?)

What People are saying about this

James Joyce
"That's a real writer, with the true comic spirit. A really funny book."
Philip Toynbee
"If I were a cultural dictator in England I would make At Swim-Two-Birds compulsory reading in all universities."

Meet the Author

Flann O'Brien, whose real name was Brian O'Nolan, also wrote under the pen name of Myles na Gopaleen. He was born in 1911 in County Tyrone. A resident of Dublin, he graduated from University College after a brilliant career as a student (editing a magazine called Blather) and joined the Civil Service, in which he eventually attained a senior position. He wrote throughout his life, which ended in Dublin on April 1, 1966. His other novels include The Dalkey Archive, The Third Policeman, The Hard Life, and The Poor Mouth, all available from Dalkey Archive Press. Also available are three volumes of his newspaper columns: The Best of Myles, Further Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn, and At War.

William Gaddis (1922-98) stands among the greatest American writers of the twentieth century. The winner of two National Book Awards (for "J R" [1976] and "A Frolic of His Own" [1995]), he wrote five novels during his lifetime, including "Carpenter's Gothic "(1985), "Agap? Agape" (published posthumously in 2002), and his early masterpiece "The Recognitions" (1955). He is loved and admired for his stylistic innovations, his unforgettable characters, his pervasive humor, and the breadth of his intellect and vision.

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At Swim-Two-Birds 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the beginning, and just got into it, and I found as long as I made a list of characters I could easily keep track of what was going on. I'm sure I would have a better appreciation were I to study a bit of Irish folklore, but even being ignorant didn't impede my ability to appreciate the absolutely brilliant tapestry he's weaving. The characters are wholly real, and I love his use of the English language. I was reading multiple books when I read this one, and for the last half of the book I quit reading everything else and just concentrated on At Swim! Most recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book. It can be a bit hard to get started. I suggest the old read-aloud-trick to find the author's voice and rhythms. Once I read a few pages aloud and found the music within I was hooked. Great author intrusion. Many exciting techniques. A writer's writer.
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Jenn1029 More than 1 year ago
If you read for pleasure and to relax, run away far far away. If you want a challenge beyound anything in your life, pick this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderfull menagerie of fantasy and frivolity. A blur of fact and fiction. Wonderfully written, it paints vivid pictures in the mind and takes the written word where it has never been before. A must read!