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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Starred Review. If ever a book was brought to life by a reading, it is this presentation of O'Brien's posthumously published classic. Norton individually crafts voices and personalities for each character in such a way that a listener might imagine an entire cast of voice talent working overtime. This is a comic/surreal tale of a one-legged gentleman farmer who participates in a poorly planned botched robbery-turned-murder, only to find himself having a long conversation with the dead man shortly after the deed. In addition he hears from his own soul, who he names Joe. Joe's voice is that of a wry observer with a voice of calm, removed authority, whereas dead man Mathers' voice is completely nasal, at once sickly and droll. Mathers sends the farmer to a two-dimensional barracks of three metaphysical policemen. Here he finds himself in a world where people can become bicycles and eternity is within walking distance. Norton's rendition of the main policeman, Sergeant Pluck, tips the reading into a full-out performance. The enormous blustery fellow with red cheeks and brushy mustache and eyebrows is portrayed like a jolly yet dangerous Disney walrus. Norton's Irish brogue, accentuated to different degrees with the various characters, ties the ribbon on a perfect presentation of this absurd and chilling masterpiece. (Apr.)
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Was not sure what to expect having picked this book blindly. Found it very tough going at times. Struggled to follow what was going on. It all became a bit clearest the end... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kenogee
I enjoyed this story but it was very different than anything else I have read. It really comes across as Gallow's Humor with many twists and turns. Read morePublished 24 days ago by s, richard
I heard that the show Lost was based off of this book. This writing is pure madness. All of the footnotes are hilarious. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Benjamin W. May
Good read. Very creative. Loved the references to bicycles and people.Published 7 months ago by Malcolm Stokes
Flann O'Brien isn't for everyone. There are quite a few one star ratings (and I'm sure those people would have rather given it a zero if they could), but I think that's a good... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Colton C. Sorrels
As good as writing gets...easy to see why this contemporary of Joyce was considered his equalPublished 9 months ago by Joseph E. Sissler