Book review: The Third Policeman, by Flann O’Brien, 1940

“Is it about a bicycle?” This wonderful novel has an interesting history. Written between 1939 and 1940, immediately after At Swim-Two-Birds, it was declined by O’Brien’s (English) publisher, Longmans, who said that “we realise the author’s ability but think that he should become less fantastic, and in this new novel he is more so.” InsteadContinue reading “Book review: The Third Policeman, by Flann O’Brien, 1940”

Book review: At Swim-Two-Birds, by Flann O’Brien – 1939

‘At Swim-Two-Birds‘ is quite unlike any other novel I have ever read. On the whole that is a good thing, but it also means that it can be a challenging, almost impossible read. Let’s start with a plot summary, which I have borrowed direct from Wikipedia: At Swim-Two-Birds presents itself as a first-person story byContinue reading “Book review: At Swim-Two-Birds, by Flann O’Brien – 1939”