Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.
The Third Policeman (original 1967; edition 2002)
Irish writers (3)
Favourite Books (404)
Tour of Ireland (1)
501 Must-Read Books (242)
Read This Next (7)
A Novel Cure (190)
Folio Society (598)
Compact | Rate recommendations
References to this work on external resources.
Wikipedia in English (1)
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 156478214X, Paperback)A comic trip through hell in Ireland, as told by a murderer, The Third Policeman is another inspired bit of confusing and comic lunacy from the warped imagination and lovably demented pen of Flann O'Brien, author of At Swim-Two-Birds. There's even a small chance you'll figure out what's going on if you read the publisher's note that appears on the last page.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:38:39 -0400)
Told by a narrator who has committed a botched robbery and brutal murder, the novel follows him and his adventures in a two-dimensional police station where, through the writings of the scientist/philosopher de Selby, he is introduced to "Atomic Theory" and its relation to bicycles, the existence of eternity (which turns out to be just down the road), and de Selby's view that the earth is not round but "sausage-shaped." With the help of his newly discovered soul, named "Joe," he grapples with the riddles and contradictions that three eccentric policemen present to him.--From publisher's description.
(summary from another edition)
Is this you?
Become a LibraryThing Author.