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Sunday Times on Flann O'Brien

here. This review-in-advance of tonight's RTE documentary celebrates "the singular vision of The Third Policeman, with its amoral murderer lost in a hellish world where garda sergeants are more bike than man, thanks to molecular exchange. It is as bleak and morbidly funny as anything by Beckett, only more recognisably Irish: hell looks alarmingly like the midlands, and all the blacker for that."

Hat-tip to Bookslut, who reviews The Third Policeman here.

Those of you who are able to watch the documentary, please let me know what it is like!


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Apr. 4th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
Will let you know, so. Will also tape it for you, and, as an added treat, put Eamonn Morrissey's one-man show, The Brother, on the tape with it...
Apr. 4th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
Looks like you'll have to change your lj name to slovotapes.
Apr. 5th, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
Missed the first half of it myself, though I have it on tape. Thought it was pretty good, not too sure about the device of another actor as the alter ego Myles na Gopaleen. The one brief clip of Brian O Nuallain being interviewed for television was poignant, his decline being so evident. He had one flash of wit though with "I have no occupation at present - I am a gentleman".

Thought it was interesting too that there was total consensus from the various contributors that The Third Policeman was his best work. I've always preferred it but in the past At Swim-Two-Birds was more likely to be held up as superior, at least to my recollection. Of course since TTP was rejected in his lifetime and only published posthumously it makes a better story that it was his masterpiece.
Apr. 5th, 2006 12:20 pm (UTC)
I missed the beginning as well, but also thought it was pretty good.

It also inspired me to read some Myles before going to bed - I had forgotten about the genius that was the Myles na Gopaleen Patented Book-Mauling Service for wealthy people that wanted to appear well-read....
Apr. 6th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
Saw that one quoted online somewhere not too long ago, maybe on Crooked Timber. I don't seem to have any of his books anymore, although I'm sure I used to once upon a time. There are a few good extracts here; of the Mylesiana, I particularly like "Seam Óld Déoc" but it probably wouldn't be so funny to most people.
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