The Third Policeman

The Third Policeman

Audiobook CD - 2007
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Bleak absurdity, deadpan humour and brilliant inventiveness mark this novel as one of the most important in Irish literature. Set in a disquieting other-world where people can become bicycles and dimensions shift without warning, the novel is footnoted with the extraordinary tale of a philosopher and his obsessed commentators.
Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks,� c2007
ISBN: 9789626344552
Branch Call Number: AB O'BRI
Characteristics: 6 discs (ca. 6 hr. 43 min.) + 1 booklet
Additional Contributors: Norton, Jim

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papachaucer Oct 11, 2014

The Third Policeman is strange and compelling. While I have listened to this audiobook three different times, the first time through was the most magical because I didn't know what was coming next nor what some scenes actually meant in the context of the story as a whole.

Particularly as an audiobook, I find this strange adventure worth the ride. O'Brien places some demands on the reader / audience. She must hold details / events / pieces of information in the air like juggled puzzle pieces until it all comes together at the end.

Finally, for best results, try to avoid any spoiler reviews before your initial reading or hearing. It's told in first person, and the first fact one discovers is that the narrator has murdered someone. As for the rest, just experience and see. One can only read it for the first time once.

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rikrak
May 15, 2012

This is a exquisite reading of a remarkable book; when I listen to it I find pleasure in hearing random selections, as one might a loved piece of music. The beauty of it is beyond mere narrational meaning.

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