The Third Policeman---Flann O'Brien
A very peculiar and original book. I work in a library and always recommend it to people who ask for suggested titles. Most people never finish it. I loved it.
Flann, like Buk, usually wrote while drinking but still managed to write well.
The Third Policeman was published posthumously. Flann sent it to one publisher who rejected it and that was that. He put it away and never again tried to get it published. He was apparently a shy man who didn't have much confidence when it came to facing numerous rejections.
But the book is highly original and took guts to write---given the fact that it playfully fucks with the reader on many levels. It was written before the days of television when people had more patience with unique works of art---and a willingness to be fucked with.
Hello Brother, my uncle suggested reading old Flann as I'd just finished reading 'Pukoon' by Spike Milligan and he thought I may enjoy it. Annoyingly my local library didn't have 'third policeman' which is a shame because I'd been told that's the best book of his to read.
However 'At War' is a very funny and interesting collection of his column he wrote for an Irish paper during the war years including some amusing illistrations he did as well (like the mishapen carriage wheel designs to counteract the giant pot holes in the road)
Anyway when I've got enough pennies under my mattress I shall be looking to buy a copy of 'third policeman'. Thanks for your comments and I hope you have a funfilled weekend :)