O'Brien, Flann The Third Policeman

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The Third Policeman

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‘Wonderful. The Third Policeman is a great masterpiece of black humour.’ George Mackay Brown

A thriller, a hilarious comic satire about an archetypal village police force, a surrealistic vision of eternity, the story of a tender, brief, unrequited love affair between a man and his bicycle, and a chilling fable of unending guilt, The Third Policeman is comparable only to Alice in Wonderland as an allegory of the absurd. Distinguished by endless comic invention and its delicate balancing of logic and fantasy, The Third Policeman is unique in the English language.

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“Flann O’Brien learned from Joyce the art of tuning language to a lyrical pitch, which he could then turn to his purpose, whether it was to be plain foolery, unconcealed indignation or high comedy. The best of his contemporaries and many subsequent Irish writers have much to thank him for.”
Sunday Times

“Flann O’Brien is inventive, his storytelling is swift and sure, making the eccentric seem natural and the commonplace hilarious.”
The Times

“Even with Ulysses and Finnegans Wake behind him, James Joyce might have been envious.”
Observer

From the Back Cover:

"Of all O'Brien's books, 'The Third Policeman' seems to have the most gripping, complete and beautifully fashioned insanity. This is the kind of work that could give post-modernism a good name."
A.L. KENNEDY

'How desirable her seat was, how charming the invitation of her slim encircling handle-arms, how unaccountably competent and reassuring her pump resting warmly against her thigh! I knew that I liked this bicycle more than I had ever liked any other bicycle, better even than I had liked some people with two legs…'

"Wonderful… you may want to padlock it in a darkened cupboard for fear its inventive brilliance will drive you mad. O'Brien's eccentric linguistic genius rivals that of Joyce, and his ability to drop a joke into the surrealist void is on a par with Beckett's. This novel is impossible, unreasonable, unconscionable and will leave the reader permanently suspicious of bicycles."
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