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The Third Policeman (original 1967; edition 2002)

by Flann O'Brien

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Title:The Third Policeman
Authors:Flann O'Brien
Info:Dalkey Archive Pr (2002), Edition: Second printing, Paperback, 200 pages
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The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien (1967)

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Not what I expected. Very funny, made me laugh on numerous occasions. ( )
  collinsdanielp | Dec 31, 2016 |
James Joyce ve Samuel Beckett'la beraber İrlanda edebiyatının Kutsal Üçlü'sünü oluşturan Flann O'Brien, doğumunun yüzüncü yılında Türk okurlarıyla buluşuyor. Adı bu üçlünün hep en sonunda anılsa da 20. yüzyılın en büyük yazarlarından biridir O'Brien. Parodi ve hicvi muzipçe kullanarak dilin anlamı iletmede, hatta oluşturmada üstlendiği kurgusal rolü alaşağı etmesiyle ve gerçeklik dediğimiz kurgunun maskesini düşürmesiyle, Avrupa henüz postmodern kelimesini duymamışken postmodenist olmuş bir yazardır o.
Absürdün kinayesi olarak ancak Alice Harikalar Diyarında'yla kıyaslanabilecek olan Üçüncü Polis bir cinayet romanı, İnsan ile bisikleti arasındaki hassas ilişkinin öyküsü ve bitmek bilmeyen suçluluk hissinin tüyler ürpertici masalıdır. Hayatını filozof De Selby'nin çalışmalarına adamış olan isimsiz anlatıcı, parası için ihtiyar Mathers'i öldürür. Ancak bir süre sonra kendisini ölü adamla karşı karşıya bulur. Para kutusunu arayışında yolu bir karakola düşecek, burada hayata bakışları ve uğraşları De Selby'ninkinden de tuhaf olan iki polisle tanışacak, üçüncü polisin gizemini çözebilene dek olağanüstü şeylere tanık olacaktır: Bisiklet gibi davranmaya başlayan insanlar, göreni (ya da ona dokunanı) delirten imkânsız bir renk, sonsuza dek küçülerek iç içe girmiş sandıklar...
Kurgusunun paradoksal yapısı ve kısır döngüsüyle hızla mekanikleşen modern dünyada makineleşen insanı ele alan Üçüncü Polis, kısa sürede kültleşmiş bir
çağdaş klasik.
"Hakiki bir mizah duygusuna sahip, gerçek bir yazar."
"Flann O'Brien'ın eserlerini yeterince takdir etmezsek büyük adamları hak etmeyen aptallarız demektir. Flann O'Brien çok büyük bir adam."
Anthony Burgess ( )
  Cagatay | Jun 13, 2016 |
Hard to review and difficult to rate.
Interesting "wild" ride ... inventive and funny in places.
Have a feeling I'm missing some nuances ( )
1 vote GeetuM | Jun 3, 2016 |
There's profundity behind the slapstick and poetry bursting through– maybe forming part of– O'Brien's baffling world. ( )
1 vote KatrinkaV | Apr 28, 2016 |
Bizarrely good. An aura of strangeness tinged the first few pages, and then it intensified, and then there was a surreal tumble down the rabbit hole into a very curious world. A place where "...the trees were active where they stood." You need to "use your internal imagination".
Descriptions and events and expounded philosophies sort of made a weak and tenuous sense. The edge of sense. Until you realise it was making no sense at all and you were lost again. But then another promising thread of logic is offered and eagerly grasped. It only takes you deeper.

Some of the incidental descriptions of the land, the surroundings, were beautiful. "The dawn was contagious, spreading rapidly about the heavens. Birds were stirring and the great kingly trees were being pleasingly interfered with by the first breezes."
"The road...ran away westwards in the mist of the early morning, running cunningly through the little hills and going to some trouble to visit tiny towns which were not, strictly speaking, on its way."
Time and space are interchangeable. "... he led the way heavily into the middle of the morning." This is not logical, yet it makes sense.
Inanimate things don't become animated but they do assume a different essence, all explainable by the Atomic Theory. Which again made a weird sort of illogical sense.
"...you would know how certain the sureness of certainty is"

A delightful, bendy-mind kind of book that will take your brain out for a run, and then won't return it to the same spot.
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"Human existence being an hallucination containing in itself the secondary hallucinations of day and night (the latter an insanitary condition of the atmosphere due to accretions of black air) it ill becomes any man of sense to be concerned at the illusory approach of the supreme hallucination known as death."
~ de Selby
"Since the affairs of men rest still uncertain,/ Let's reason with the worst that may befall."
~ Shakespeare
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Not everybody knows how I killed old Phillip Mathers, smashing his jaw in with my spade;
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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 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:26 -0400)

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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.… (more)

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