Modern Classics At Swim Two Birds

Paperback | February 22, 2000

byFlann Obrien

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Flann O'Brien's innovative metafictional work, whose unruly characters strike out their own paths in life to the frustration of their author, At Swim-Two-Birds is a brilliant impressionistic jumble of ideas, mythology and nonsense published in Penguin Modern Classics. Flann O'Brien's first novel tells the story of a young, indolent undergraduate, who lives with his curmudgeonly uncle in Dubin and spends far too much time drinking with his friends. When not drunk or in bed he likes to invent wild stories peoples with hilarious and unlikely characters - but somehow his creations won't do what he wants them to. A dazzling work of farce, satire, folklore and absurdity that gives full rein to its author's dancing intellect and Celtic wit, At Swim-Two-Birds is both a brilliant comic send-up of Irish literature and culture, and a portrayal of Dublin to compare with Joyce's Ulysses. Brian Ó Nualláin, (1911-1966), better known by his pseudonym Flann O'Brien, was born in Strabane, County Tyrone, and studied at University College Dublin before joining the Irish Civil Service. Ifyou enjoyed At Swim-Two-Birds, you might like Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'This is just the book to give your sister if she's a loud, dirty, boozy girl' Dylan Thomas 'That's a real writer, with the true comic spirit' James Joyce, author of Ulysses 'A brilliant, beer-soaked miniature masterpiece' Time

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 Irish satirist Flann O’Brien has an extraordinary gift that is evident in this brilliant, fanciful creation. At Swim-Two-Birds is a marvellous blend of mythology, imaginative nonsense and provocative ideas that works on several levels. It follows the life of an undergraduate student living in Dublin with his uncle. The young man drink...

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Flann O'Brien's innovative metafictional work, whose unruly characters strike out their own paths in life to the frustration of their author, At Swim-Two-Birds is a brilliant impressionistic jumble of ideas, mythology and nonsense published in Penguin Modern Classics. Flann O'Brien's first novel tells the story of a young, indolent un...

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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 ...

Flann O’Brien was born on October 5, 1911, in Strabane, Ireland. He was a novelist and dramatist. He wrote a column for The Irish Times for 26 years under the name Myles na gCopaleen. His best known novel is At Swim-Two-Birds, which was written in 1939. It combines folklore, poetry and humor. He died in Dublin on April 1, 1966.
Format:PaperbackPublished:February 22, 2000Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141182687

ISBN - 13:9780141182681

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 Irish satirist Flann O’Brien has an extraordinary gift that is evident in this brilliant, fanciful creation. At Swim-Two-Birds is a marvellous blend of mythology, imaginative nonsense and provocative ideas that works on several levels. It follows the life of an undergraduate student living in Dublin with his uncle. The young man drinks far too much for his own good and ably constructs marvellous fantasies filled with brilliantly imaginative people facing outlandishly strange dilemmas. Vivid, invigorating and revealing, this remarkable book is a must for anyone with a taste for the imaginative side of satire.