At Swim-two-birds, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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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Not really my kind of read but not a bad read.

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This has been on my shelf for a while and I only got around to it during the recent snowfall. Took me a while to get into it, as it jumps around a bit to begin with, but I'm glad I stayed with it. Absurd and inventive, funny and irreverent, it had me in stitches. Take's the mickey out of a lot of Irish mythology and folklore, and the language is at times dazzling. I'll be reading this again. A pint of plain is youur only man!

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