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At Swim-Two-BirdsA Wildly Comic Send Up Of Irish Literature And Culture, At Swim Two Birds Is The Story Of A Young, Lazy, And Frequently Drunk Irish Collegestudent Who Lives With His Curmudgeonly Uncle In Dublin When Not Inbed Where He Seems To Spend Most Of His Time Or Reading He Is Composing A Mischief Filled Novel About Dermot Trellis, A Second Rat Eauthor Whose Characters Ultimately Rebel Against Him And Seek Vengeance From Drugging Him As He Sleeps To Dropping The Ceiling Onhis Head, These Figures Of Irish Myth Make Trellis Pay Dearly For His Bad Writing Hilariously Funny And Inventive, At Swim Two Birds Has Influenced Generations Of Writers, Opening Up New Possibilities For What Can Be Done In Fiction It Is A True Masterpiece Of Irish Literature.

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  1. says:

    I finished this book late last night and when I woke this morning the last scene of a very vivid dream was still imprinted in full colour on my mind In the dream I had been searching for something, google searching, and a google page filled my vision, a page to which I d been led by a bizarre mistype jiethleef.Oh, drat so much for that promising beginning I took a break for a coffee after writing a long paragraph based on linking that dream to having finished At Swim Two Birds late last night, and when I came back to the computer, the rest of the paragraph had vanished I searched through all the Pages I have open on the screen and found it finally it had gone off to become the first paragraph in another review Vanishing Points where it says it hopes to be better treated, work shorter hours and be generally better liked than here At Swim Two Birds Several of the status updates from this review had already gone over there so I suppose I shouldn t be too surprised Fortunately I happen to have a few other beginnings lined up against unforeseen circumstances in fact when I m reading a book like this one, beginnings occur to me about every ten pages which is a tribute to the creative powers of the author in question And Flann O Brien must be about the most creative author ever If there is a better a...


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    Did not think that anything zany than the Third Policeman was possible people who like Lost should check the book out, by the way On my first read of this book in 2009 I was too entranced with the main plot device of the characters plotting against the author, etc and probably overlooked the insane ironies, the scathing parodies and the Joycean aspects Consider Flann O Brien offers the reader t...


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    A Review Composed of Interrogatives and SpeculationsWhat are we to make of At Swim Two Birds Despite the fact of its being one of the laugh out loud funniest, most absurdly and grossly comedic, most intelligent novels I ve ever read, At Swim Two Birds is simultaneously profoundly cruel, cruelly profound, unsettling, and causes such a discord with the idea of imaginative reality and authority in fiction that I would say that the overall effect of reading the book is something akin to a blend of intellectual burning, horror, and disorientation Truly a book about nothing except levels of fictive reality, it tears a wormhole in the fabric of fiction and it does not do this in the service of an expanding universe but a collapsing one What O Brien built here is meant to dismantle The idea that characters in novels live autonomous lives in some vague limbo beyond our reality and are only called into something like temporary employment when written about by authors is not so mind bending as all that What O Brien gets at in At Swim Two Birds is the next step, and it is a step into an abyss What is stopping the characters in a novel from starting a novel within the novel about the author of the novel that is writing them What then is the proof that as author X sits writing his or her precious, modern, important novel at a well stocked desk he or she is not simply a character being thrown into action by some other authorship at a ...


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    Piteous Though Such Fraud Be The epigraph in Greek script at the beginning of the novel reads for all things change, making way for each other.It comes from the following passage of Euripides Heracles Amphitryon Daughter, there may yet be a happy escape From present troubles for me and you My son, your husband, may yet arrive So calm yourself, and wipe those tears From your children s eyes, And soothe them with soft words, Inventing a tale to delude them, Piteous though such fraud be Yes, for even men s misfortunes often flag, And the stormy wind does not always blow so strong, Nor are the prosperous ever so For all things change, making way for each other The bravest man is he who relies ever on his hopes, But despair is the mark of a coward At The Deep EndThe challenge in reading At Swim Two Birds is knowing when and how to start and when and how to stop A bit like drinking really It purports to start with three alternative beginnings That s if you don t count the framing device, which presumably adds a first or fourth beginning.Similarly, it contains antepenultimate, penultimate and ultimate conclusions.In between is a lot of carnivalesque fun and play and celebration.You can read the novel exclusively, assuming that it contains everything that you require to understand it.Alternatively, like James Joyce s Ulysses , you can read it as an inclusive text, whose role is to a...


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    Here is how this goes On an intellectual level, at Swim two Birds is nonpareil Its like watching an expert surgeon performing keyhole surgery par excellence not a wrong move, each clinical motion precisely fitted and flowing effortlessly into the next a symphony of elegantly executed literary manoeuvres which coalesce discrete etudes into a con...


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    This is a seriously lovely inch perfect parabola of joy which everyone ought to at least try Go on You know you want to All right, you didn t know you wanted to But i know you better than that Would I lie How long have we known each other now Well then, have I ever recommended a duff book Name one There, you can t I admit that At Swim Two birds won t be everybody s slice of schwarzw lder kirschtorte Probably some will stumble away pallid and looking like they ve spent a week with a mad Irish person who has like this major multiple personality disorder and absolutely no grasp on reality But that s okay You have to give a little, take a little and sometimes let your poor heart break a little And that s the story of that s the glory of reading So how to describe this novel thing If a book could be a Mobius strip or a Klein bottle it would probably not be At Swim Two Birds because At Swim Two Birds is much weirder than those things In fact this book is the gold standard of weirdness I d say, for example, that Kraken by China Mieville scores maybe only five and a half on the At Swim scale And that one is pretty strange There is of course G K Chesterton s The Man Who Was Thursday, and that scores a ghastly 8 on the At Swim scale, AND was written in 1908, thi...


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    Cannot wait to start this one Highly recommended, a couple of fun little bookstore investigations, just chomping at the bit This book is going to be amazing I can tell already and it WAS great I had it on a four star basis throughout most of the reading, due to the metafictional thing leaving me just the slightest bit dry and confused, just can t abide being TOO alienated from the story But the last 20 pages brought me back and achieved an unexpected tenderness and a lyrical glow available throughout the text, but turned up another notch in the concluding episodes It was full of what I like most in fiction wit, vividness, characterization, and Language, sweet sweet language Flann O Brian Brian O Nolan, to his mother knows how to write the mirrior within a mirror thing only highlights the wonderfully alive qualities of the prose An louche, unnamed student who revels in his sleep, his row of tattered books, and neglecting his studies and his Pecksniffian uncle to write a story about a dude named Delmont Trellis writing a story about some characters with names like Shanahan, Sweeney, and The Pooka Macphillimey, who in turn plan a sort of coup against their author, spawning madcap dialogues of discussion of topics as pressing and o...


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    Flann O Brien is surely Ireland s most neglected writer Though his talent was on a par with the genius of his contemporaries, Joyce and Beckett, he has never come close to achieving the same degree of recognition There are several possible explanations for this The simplest is that Joyce and Beckett managed to cut the umbilical cord though Mother Ireland featured large in their writing, they both managed to make an escape, living the latter part of their lives in exile This might not seem like a big thing, but the conservatism, stasis and repression that characterized Irish cultural life in the first decades of the new Republic were truly horrendous Dominance of the Catholic hierarchy was absolute, writers were subject to heavy censorship at the hands of both Church and State, the appetite for novelty was non existent This was the Ireland of Angela s Ashes.While Joyce and Beckett made their escape hell, even the McCourts made their escape , Flann O Brien stayed, working for most of his life in the Irish civil service At Swim Two Birds, his first novel, was published in 1939 Although it was well received champion...


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    Ok, it s official I got to page 127, and I GIVE UP There were parts at the beginning of this book which I quite enjoyed Unfortunately, after slogging through the last 80 or so pages of random witterings, I can t remember what they were or why I enjoyed them A few casual impressions that I was left with 1 What do you read, my lord Words, words, words HAMLET, Act II, scene 2 2 I am reasonably certain that, had I read this book in high school, I would have eaten it up I would have read books on Irish myths and legends, I would have drawn Venn diagrams to plot the relationships of the various narrative threads That was 25 years ago 2,a In the immortal words of Crash Davis, in BULL DURHAM I m too old for this shit 3 This is a work of brilliance, one of the great Irish novels William Gass, who is exponentially intelligent and learned than I ...

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