LITERATURE: At Swim-Two-Birds – Pre-Finale

Holy Shit!  What did I just read?

This book was the most amazingest I’ve ever, ever read.  I’ll have to read the last three pages again–I swept through them with a fever as I crossed into yet another of O’Brien’s worlds.  Gut reaction to the whole?  One of my favoritest now that I’ve made my way through it. 

And while I’ll do a better Finale post, I’ll state right now that it will be read again and maybe even againer.  Since I, even in my closest reading, somehow missed the title within the pages.

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2 Responses to LITERATURE: At Swim-Two-Birds – Pre-Finale

  1. Barry says:

    I wouldn’t get worried about the title – this was something dreamed up by the publisher. “Swim Two Birds” is the name of the church to which Sweeny goes (in Irish, it is Snámh-dá-én). Flann wanted to call it Sweeny in the Trees, but the publishers thought it a little bit too prosaic.

    I’m glad that reading paid off for you: I found myself for a whole after I finished it sharing bits of it with random people I ran into, whether they were interested in it or not – although I did manage to convert one person.

    So – are you going to tackle The Third Policeman? It is quite a different order of work, but quite delicious.

  2. susan says:

    Well nothing major missed here then. There’s a lot more to the book that I will someday go back and read.

    The Third Policeman? I’ll have to add it to my list. I’m moving on to McCarthy for now.

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