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*Download E-pub ⚞ The Third Policeman ì The Third Policeman is Flann O Brien s brilliantly dark comic novel about the nature of time, death, and existence 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 theories 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 found soul named Joe, he grapples with the riddles and contradictions that three eccentric policeman present to himThe last of O Brien s novels to be published, The Third Policeman joins O Brien s other fiction At Swim Two Birds, The Poor Mouth, The Hard Life, The Best of Myles, The Dalkey Archive to ensure his place, along with James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, as one of Ireland s great comic geniuses What Does A Genuinely Avant Garde Novel Look Like Everyone has a theory about this novel There are at least five commonly cited explanations 1 Flann O Brien is the forgotten postmodernist, the one who didn t leave Ireland The Third Policeman is one of the last books Joyce read, and by implication it s is a kind of Doppelgaenger to Finnegans Wake The book s play with language and its reflexivity about the novel form is somehow parallel to Joyce s.2 The book is an indirect but eloquent re What Does A Genuinely Avant Garde Novel Look Like Everyone has a theory about this novel There are at least five commonly cited explanations 1 Flann O Brien is the forgotten postmodernist, the one who didn t leave Ireland The Third Policeman is one of the last books Joyce read, and by implication it s is a kind of Doppelgaenger to Finnegans Wake The book s play with language and its reflexivity about the novel form is somehow parallel to Joyce s.2 The book is an indirect but eloquent record of that generation in Ireland, when the humor could be desperate, when the church was all powerful, when what s now called homosocial life in crowded dingy pubs had to stand in for the wider society that Joyce chose In later life O Brien was also an alcoholic, even though it s always hard to know what exactly that diagnosis explains maybe the exaggerrated lucidity of Myles na gCopaleen Thanks to Don s comment, below 3 O Brien is a member of what Hugh Kenner called Irish nihilism In this view there is no moral sense in the book, which after all begins with someone s head being crushed by a garden spade This also supposedly explains the absence of contrition or religious feeling Denis Donoghue almost assents to this in his strange and covertly Republican Afterword to the Dalkey Archive edition.4 O Brien is a minimalist, and his deepest ties are to Beckett This is one of the lines in Fintan O Toole s 2009 review in the New York Review of Books 5 O Brien s own explanation is that the book is about a dead man, and that the last page shows how the damned suffer their punishments eternally But that s only an explanation if your idea of hell already includes knives so thin they can t be seen, microscopic carved wooden boxes, and sexually mutable bicycles Otherwise it doesn t explain anything The fact that these are forced or otherwise unhelpful may indicate that the book is stranger than its commentators think The fact that people keep coming up with these one line explanations shows how the novel keeps prodding its readers it is just too odd to be accepted as a mid century modernist novel or even an anachronistic postmodern one for many readers a theory, no matter how restrictive, helps soothe the discomfort But what is the avant garde, if it isn t a thing that is not anticipated That cannot be accommodated That wasn t asked for, that solves no problem we ever thought we had The Third Policeman is one of the best examples of a genuinely avant garde modernist work, because it just won t fit into categories, even so many years on.By way of postscript one thing I especially love about the book is the Irish landscape that it conjures, between its many fantasies and concoctions If you take away the hallucinated afterlife that occupies most of the narrative, what remains A poor, simple countryside, with farms and a few police stations and pubs, and miles of bumpy roads, sodden fields, muck, brambles, dripping copses, and gorse There is almost nothing else people ride bicycles everywhere When they think they might become rich, they dream of changes of clothes There is almost no mention of what they eat or drink It is an impoverished landscape implying an impoverished society and when I think of those things, O Brien s perverse and perfervid inventions look evennecessary than his humor, anddesperate and painful This review has been removed by the Conformity Police According to our legal advisers, the review matches the forbidden category of non review in all 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If you ever want to find out what it s like being the only sober person in a room full of professors telling each other jokes in Latin and heffing and hawing and pulling each others beards, here s a good place to start.Otherwise not.