The Complete Novels

The Complete Novels

Book - 2007
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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 formethods 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 and cerebral -transformed by O'Brien's unique vision.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
ISBN: 9781841593098
Characteristics: xxxiii, 787 p. ; 22 cm


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Oct 28, 2016

Beginning with "The Third Policeman", I couldn't ascertain the fate of the narrator until the last chapter. If I had less ambiguities over the chunky footnotes on De Selby, I'd give 5 stars.
Is Hell (after-life, soul) gender/sex-less?

Saving the hardest "cake" at the end (of all other works) for me to "bite", At Swim-Two-Birds, turned out to be "the most delicious" for the mind. What novel, art, music, and the expression of science & math can be, his works achieved the ultimate bliss, on the verge of lunacy.


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