At Swim-Two-Birds

At Swim-Two-Birds

Book - 1998
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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.
Publisher: Normal, IL : Dalkey Archive Press, 1998
Edition: 1st Dalkey Archive ed
ISBN: 9781564781819
156478181X
Branch Call Number: FICTION OBRIEN
Characteristics: xv, 239 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Gass, William H. 1924-

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O’Brien’s work is as intelligent as James Joyce’s but much, much funnier. Here university students, authors, and mythical figures vie to take control of a wild narrative.

O’Brien’s work is as intelligent as James Joyce’s but much, much funnier. Here university students, authors, and mythical figures vie to take control of a wild narrative.


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kurthallsman Dec 01, 2014

Usually, when you reach the half way point in a novel, things really start happening in a story. When I reached the meridian in "AT SWIM...", I couldn't think of any reason to continue. I can't rate this book for not finishing it. All I can say is, it's definitely not for everyone, and I am one of them. I found the "Third Policeman" more intriguing, but I couldn't finish that one either.

WVMLStaffPicks Aug 28, 2014

Claimed by its author to have been so detested by Hitler that he started World War II just to sabotage its sales, this 1939 novel is about a guy writing a novel about a guy writing a novel. Unexpectedly, the characters from the innermost story, yearning for freedom, rebel against their author by trapping him in a novel of their own. This is not always an easy read, but there is no matching Flann O'Brien's witty and subversive imagination.

theorbys Dec 10, 2012

Five stars, not entirely for reading pleasure, but also for originality and influence on metafictional writings. O'Brien seems to me to be more of a cult phenomena now, almost eclipsed by Joyce and Beckett, but he should be read more widely.

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