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The Poor Mouth


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Flann O'Brien was one of the many pseudonyms of Brian O'Nolan, author of the classic novel `At Swim-
Two-Birds' and, under the name Myles na Gopaleen, writer of a celebrated satirical column in the Irish Times which appeared daily for almost thirty years. Highly praised by Samuel Beckett and James Joyce, amongst others, O'Brien is regarded as one of the great comic writers of the twentieth century. He died in 1966.


O'Brien's wicked satire on the life of Irish peasant Bonaparte O'Coonassa was published in Gaelic in 1941 and translated into English in 1964. This edition contains illustrations by Ralph Steadman. A good companion to the MacNamara novel reviewed above.

`A wonderful romp amongst the unspeakable stereotypes of Irishry' The Times

`A Gaelic novel, all footnotes and authenticity, The Poor Mouth is O'Brien's practical joke. Hugely and unfairly funny' Observer

`Anyone who has read the Blasket writers, cocked a pained ear to Peig Sayers or waded through the novels of Maire, will delight in the cruel accuracy of The Poor Mouth' Literary Review

`O'Brien's sense of comedy is an unfailing delight' Sunday TImes

`Along with Joyce and Beckett, Flann O'Brien constitutes our trinity of great Irish writers' Edna O'Brien

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