The Third Policeman

The Third Policeman

Book - 1999
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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 him.

The 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 , and The Dalkey Archive ) to ensure his place, along with James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, as one of Ireland's great comic geniuses.

Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press,� 1999
ISBN: 9781564782144
156478214X
Branch Call Number: AF O'BRI

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VaughanPLAbby Jan 16, 2017

I read this novel for the first time during my undergraduate degree and it was a revelation. Every event depicted, from beginning to end, was thrilling and riveting. I felt a similar thrill reading it for the second time, even though I knew what was going to happen. I cannot wait to read it again!

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