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The Poor Mouth by Flann O'Brien

The Poor Mouth (1941)

by Flann O'Brien

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Note this review. I doubt its like will ever be seen again. ( )
  StuartNorth | Nov 19, 2016 |
Note this review. I doubt its like will ever be seen again. ( )
  StuartNorth | Nov 19, 2016 |
Surely only a wretched spalpeen would spew such satire to demean both Ireland and his countrymen. What’s next on the blathskite’s agenda; a satire of the Holocaust? To be sure, my gg grandfather from Nenagh, Ireland would be heating the tar and plucking the feathers for any meeting with the author. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
At times very funny (e.g. the chapter where the ethnographer thinks the pig is speaking Gaelic), but the joke does begin to wear somewhat thin by the end. ( )
  sometimeunderwater | May 11, 2015 |
Flann O'Brien is hilarious. Read him now.

This one's much more straightforward than _At Swim-two-birds_, and I don't love it quite as much, but all you need to know is that he was sick of the fetishization of poverty-stricken "authentic" Gaelic life and culture, so he wrote this book, in Gaelic, spoofing such "studies". It's all a first-person account of a poverty-stricken Gael, a "bad story about the hard life" as the subtitle of the book claims.

But you'll laugh out loud, and often. Skip the look-at-me-woe-is-me self-serving inspirational dreck like _Angela's Ashes_, and pick up a work of genius. ( )
4 vote piccoline | Feb 5, 2014 |
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Ich schreibe die Angelegenheiten, die in diesem Dokument abgehandelt werden sollen, nieder, denn das nächste Leben nähert sich geschwind - fern bleibe uns das Böse, und möge mich der Geist des Übels nicht als Bruder betrachten! - und auch weil es unseresgleichen nie wieder geben wird.
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First published in Gaelic in 1941 under the title "An Beal Bocht", this book was translated into English in 1973. A parody of the Gaelic peasant writings of the Irish revival, the book features Bonaparte O'Coonassa - who tells the story of his life. By the author of "The Dalkey Archive".

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