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Best of Myles (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (original 1968; edition 2007)

by Flann O'Brien

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Title:Best of Myles (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Authors:Flann O'Brien
Info:HarperPerennial (2007), Edition: (Reissue), Paperback, 400 pages
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The best of Myles by Flann O'Brien (1968)

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    nessreader: both are anthologies of comic/satirical newspaper columns by curmudgounly literary men with many axes to grind. Davies is inToronto and O'Brien in Dublin, and the jokes of both are deeply rooted in their own town.

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Mr. O'brien made money off this collection of occasionally risque stories, but I found here no descendant of Shaw or Oliver Saint John Gogarty, or even Spike Milligan. Just not very funny. Perhaps the modern Irish aren't. ( )
  DinadansFriend | May 31, 2015 |
'Myles' is Myles na gCopaleen' under which ultra-Gaelic name he wrote all this stuff as newpaper articles satirising 'the absurdities and solemnities of Dublin life'. Always amusing, often laugh-out-loud funny. And not restricted to Dublin - half way through we get, for example, a piece explaining why 'there is no excuse for poetry'. Read it! ( )
  NaggedMan | Dec 15, 2012 |
I'm giving this book 5 stars even though much of it is confusing and/or just not that funny to me. The five stars, however, are richly deserved for the hilarious segments on "Buchhandlung": a proposed business venture in which books bought by the unlettered rich can be made to look well-used, with price points ranging from:

"Popular Handling--Each volume to be well and truly handled, four leaves in each to be dog-eared, and a tram ticket, cloakroom docket, or other comparable article inserted in each as a forgotten book-mark"

all the way up to "Le Traitement Superbe" encompassing, among other things,

"Not less than six volumes to be inscribed with forged messages of affection and gratitude from the author of each work, e.g.,...'From your devoted friend and follower, K. Marx.' 'Dear A. B.,--Your invaluable suggestions and assistance, not to mention your kindness, in entirely re-writing chapter 3, entitles you, surely, to this first copy of "Tess". From your old friend T. Hardy'"

I carried this bit of humor around on xerox for years, foisting it on anyone who would read it. It's well worth the price of the volume. ( )
  chilirlw | Mar 26, 2009 |
Ireland, humour, surreal
  pezza | Jun 16, 2007 |
A collection of Flann O'Brien's writings -- weird, hilarious, ingenious. ( )
  JPWyatt | Jan 21, 2007 |
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A collection of the best pieces from the first five years of Flann O'Brien's "Cruiskeen Lawn" column, the column he wrote for "The Irish Times" from 1940-66 under the name of Myles na Gopaleen.

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