At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien Book Summary:
"At Swim-Two-Birds" is one of the world's oddest books. It tells the story of a lazy drunken student who is living with his disapproving uncle in Dublin. In his spare time the student is writing a book about Finn MacCool, Mad Sweeney and a devil called the Pooka, who are mock-heroes from ancient Irish folklore. He is also writing a book about a Mr Dermot Trellis who, in turn, is writing a book about a gang of cowboys who escape his control and run wild in Ringsend. Enraged by the way Trellis is mistreating them, the characters write their own book in which they take revenge on their author. But Trellis is saved from execution when the book is thrown on the fire. The student passes his exams and is reconciled with his uncle. Given a watch as a reward, his thoughts turn to suicide and... As well as being peculiar, "At Swim-Two-Birds" is one of the world's funniest books - James Joyce loved it so much he learned passages off by heart so that he could recite them at parties.
At Swim-Two-Birds (Plume) Paperback October 1, 1976 Book Summary:
Synopsis: 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 peopled with hilarious and unlikely characters, one of whom, in a typical O'Brien conundrum, creates a means by which women can give birth to full-grown people. Flann O'Brien's blend of farce, satire and fantasy result in a remarkable, astonishingly innovative book. Review: If you try to read it too closely, the structure of this book will drive you crazy. Ask me how I know. On the first level, it seems to emanate from the addled mind of a navel-gazing Irish university student stumbling around thinking about writing a book or a school paper. As I said, you can go nuts trying to follow it. Yet At Swim-Two-Birds is a modernist masterpiece, the best-known fictional work of Irish newspaper writer Flann O'Brien. Published in 1939, the book's great charm is O'Brien's constant reinvention of the English language, fueled and altered by an Irish sensibility and language; the sentences come out in a torrent of musical, drunken ramblings.
"At Swim-Two-Birds" de Flann O’Brien e a tradição literária irlandesa: Um estudo intertextual (Portuguese Edition) by Pawel Hejmanowski Book Summary:
Este estudo tem como objeto de análise o romance "At Swim-Two-Birds" (1939) do escritor irlandês Flann O’Brien (1911-1966). O romance pode ser visto, na perspectiva de hoje, como uma das primeiras tentativas de se implementar a poética de ficção autoconsciente e metaficção na literatura ocidental. Publicado na véspera da 2ª Guerra, o livro caiu no esquecimento até ser reeditado em 1960. A partir dessa data, "At Swim-Two-Birds" foi adquirindo uma reputação cult entre leitores e despertando o interesse crítico. Ao lançar mão do conceito mise en abyme de André Gide, o presente estudo procura mapear os textos dos quais "At Swim-Two-Birds" se apropria para refleti-los de forma distorcida dentro de sua própria narrativa. Estes textos vão desde narrativas míticas e históricas, passam pela poesia medieval e vão até os meados do século XX.