Flann O'Brien the Complete Novels, Hardback
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In the five novels by Ireland's greatest comic writer, we can explore the full range of his invention, from the multi-layered madness of "At Swim-Two-Birds" to the piercing realism of "The Hard Life" and the surreal logic of "The Third Policeman".

This is a world where bicycles listen to conversations, inventors search for methods of 'diluting' water, and characters play truant while novelists sleep; a world where spiteful fairies wreak havoc and heroes from legend blunder into suburban sitting-rooms.

This is recognizably the Ireland of Joyce and Beckett - rowdy, high-spirited, by turns sensual and cerebral -transformed by O'Brien's unique vision.




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Wonderful stuff and nonsense. Don't expect to understand the plots of these novels - in some cases don't look for any kind of plot. But if you are looking for a readable, highly entertaining and sometime very funny alternative to your secret inability to finish any work by James Joyce, look no farther . . . .