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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 (John F. Byrne Irish Literature Series) by Flann O'Brien (1968)

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    The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks by Robertson Davies (nessreader)
    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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'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 found this book 'laugh out loud' funny to begin with, but didn't actually get past the second chapter. I think the writing must have worked very well in it's original format - a newspaper column - but in book form there's just too much of it all at once. If you want a very funny book to dip in and out of you might enjoy this, but I don't really read books that way - I like to really get into a story and read large chunks in one sitting, so it's not for me. ( )
  yfulton | Dec 3, 2009 |
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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