The Dalkey Archive

The Dalkey Archive James Joyce turns up alive and well serving drinks in an Irish pub and claiming that Ulysses was only a practical joke St Augustine is interrogated in an underwater cave where he announces I was a m

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  • Title: The Dalkey Archive
  • Author: Flann O'Brien
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • James Joyce turns up alive and well, serving drinks in an Irish pub and claiming that Ulysses was only a practical joke St Augustine is interrogated in an underwater cave, where he announces I was a man that was very easily sunburnt Through a mad scientist named De Selby is bent on destorying hte human race, Mick and Hackkett the only men who can save us are too prJames Joyce turns up alive and well, serving drinks in an Irish pub and claiming that Ulysses was only a practical joke St Augustine is interrogated in an underwater cave, where he announces I was a man that was very easily sunburnt Through a mad scientist named De Selby is bent on destorying hte human race, Mick and Hackkett the only men who can save us are too preoccupied with the lovely Mary to concentrate on foiling him Deriding and skewering everyone scientists, philosophers, writers, drunkards, and priests, to name only a few who think they have the answers, and proving once again that a measure of bewilderment is part of the job of literature, Flann O Brien s last novel is both sublime and ridiculous, a story of metaphysical chaos that s been hailed as the best comic fantasy since Tristam Shandy

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    1. This is the third title I’ve read by Flann O’Brien in as many weeks, and as it happens, I read it alongside the third book in François Rabelais’ Gargantua series, Le tiers livre (The Third Book). Can I find further correspondences in that unlikely set of circumstances? Have you three minutes to waste…While I admit that the possibility of finding a correspondence may seem logic-defying at first glance given that Rabelais’ book is set in the 1500s in France and O’Brien’s is set in t [...]

    2. 1. Have you read Ulysses? If yes, proceed to (2). If no, do so then proceed to (2)2. Have you read At Swim Two Birds? If yes, proceed to (3). If no, do so then proceed to (3)3. Have you read The Third Policeman? If yes, proceed to (4). If no, do so then proceed to (4)4. Have you read the Dalkey Archive? If yes, proceed to (5). If no, do so then proceed to (5).5. Have a celebratory tipple

    3. Once again adjacent reading adds an interesting aspect to a book. Having just finished both War and Peace and The Dalkey Archive I find that these two very disparate writers come to the same conclusion: man is a fool if he thinks he can carry out a grand plan.I also read At Swim Two-Birds very recently, which with Dalkey bookends O’Brien’s novel writing career. Birds is completely anarchic, a wild parody of Irish folklore and blarney. Dalkey has equally surreal episodes embedded in a more tr [...]

    4. Flawless little novel centred around Mick who single-handedly saves the world from asphyxiation, rescues his ailing marriage with the restless Mary, and helps steer a still-living James Joyce into the Jesuit Order.All in a day's work.

    5. Sin llegar al nivel de 'El Tercer Policía', por otra parte difícil de superar, ‘Crónica de Dalkey’ es una obra con la que divertirse y en la que da gusto sumergirse. El mundo creado por O’Brien es disparatado y lleno de ironía; pero eso sí, has de dejarte llevar y entrar en su juego, dejarte embaucar.En esta novela hay de todo: cuevas submarinas, debates sobre teología y filosofía, diálogos con San Agustín, disputas sobre lo ocurrido realmente con Jonás y la ballena o sobre Judas [...]

    6. Crónica de Dalkey es la quinta y última novela que escribió Flann O'Brien, a quien James Joyce admiraba. Después de leer las otras, esta me ha resultado por momentos tediosa; echaba en falta la ironía, el sarcasmo, la irreverencia que rebosan sus otras novelas. O'Brien recupera a uno de los personajes de El tercer policía, De Selby, un inventor sui géneris al que le gusta provocar con sus ideas tanto como el whiskey casero que destila él mismo. Ni siquiera el homenaje a Joyce, que aquí [...]

    7. In the Dalkey Archive we meet mad genius De Selby, whose work the main character of The Third Policeman is so obsessed with. We also meet a younger version of some of the other characters from that book. But since O'Brien huffily decided not to have The Third Policeman published after he was refused by one publisher, The Dalkey Archive was published first and even contains some of the dialogue from The Third Policeman.This book features a mad scientist who can do things to time that allows him t [...]

    8. Best book I've read in weeks! I gather O'Brien felt a bit stereotyped as a one-book author based on At Swim-Two-Birds but I preferred this one. I guess it could be called a comic novel, but subtly so, and it incorporates some supernatural elements that are not intended to be ludicrous or unbelievable.Every character has some sort of grandiose obsession that remains somewhat ambiguous as to whether it is actually true. There is, 1) the "mad scientist" who has invented what he says is a mechanism [...]

    9. "One might describe a plenum as a phenomenon or existence full of itself but inert. Obviously space does not satisfy such a condition. But time is a plenum, immobile, immutable, ineluctable, irrevocable, a condition of absolute stasis. Time does not pass. Change and movement may occur within time."Flann O'Brien (pseudonym of Brian O'Nolan) is my literary discovery of 2017. This great yet not widely known Irish writer is the author of The Third Policeman, to me the funniest novel ever written in [...]

    10. Piccoli tesori nascosti sotto la superficieFlann O'Brien è un autore irlandese di culto, che ha scritto pochi romanzi, essendo innanzitutto giornalista, ma che ha lasciato un segno indelebile nella letteratura del '900 con opere come At Swim-Two-Birds (titolo intraducibile, ma che probabilmente poteva essere interpretato meglio dell'orribile Un pinta di inchiostro irlandese con cui Adelphi ce lo propone) e Il terzo poliziotto.Questi due romanzi furono scritti da O'Brien prima della seconda guer [...]

    11. Every O'Brien novel I've read has been really funny, and The Dalkey Archive is no different. The book centers around Mick and his struggles: him and his friend Hackett's interactions with the mad scientist De Selby; his efforts to help James Joyce join the Jesuits; and his arms-length relationship with his girlfriend Mary. While it somewhat recycles a few plot elements of The Third Policeman (the De Selby character, policemen on bicycles), as well as the literary playfulness of At Swim-Two-Birds [...]

    12. Brian O’Nolan was an Irish civil servant who wrote fiction and journalism under pseudonyms. Flann O’Brien was the name O’Nolan used on his fiction and it is the name of the author of The Dalkey Archive, a metafictional novel that veers from the philosophical to the nonsensical, from the tender to the coarse and from the religious to the irreverent, often in the same sentence.The Dalkey Archive is much more than a novel and at the same time much less than a story. There are linear threads o [...]

    13. The fact that I read Flann O’Brien’s The Dalkey Archive over a month ago and am only now getting around to writing about it here would be a convenient excuse for me to use to cover up the fact that I don’t have too much to write about it. The Dalkey Archive is a fun little story about an Irishman named Mick and a few quirky individuals with whom he gets wrapped up, including his cynical friend Hackett, a mad scientist named De Selby, and the actually-not-dead-but-alive-and-in-hiding author [...]

    14. Title:I appreciate a menu with picturesSubject(s):1. As an announcer at my young son's hockey game my first spoken words in the open mic were to inform the parents in the arena that "I sure do swear a lot."2. My son has no interest in Batman v Superman, expressly citing my ugly divorce from his mother a few years back as the root cause.Common rules:1. When expressing a sole opinion please avoid words that pretend others agree with you, such as "That's what she said."Current status: 1. Impaled on [...]

    15. Нужно было, чтобы прошло время.Посчитаем, сколько? Три месяца, и я готова наконец открыть рот, сказать про книгу, а потом закрыть рот.Хорошая книга.Всё?Нет, не всё. К этому обязательно придётся присовокупить признание в любви к Флэнну О'Брайну, а также приложить горькое сожал [...]

    16. Otro libro genial de O'Brien. Esta vez es el mismo De Selby el que entra en escena, con la intención de destruir el mundo. El protagonista busca impedirlo, enfrentándose a una serie de situaciones delirantes al parecer típicas del autor.A medida que transcurre el relato, aparece el mismo San Agustín (personaje en cuya boca O'Brien pondrá un sinfín de ironías y críticas hilarantes) y también James Joyce, que se nos muestra como ferviente católico e indignado por esa novela difamatoria q [...]

    17. This is probably the weakest of Flann's five novels, but that isn't necessarily bad, since his other work is so awesome. This is the tale of the fickle in love and alcohol Mick who meets a local scientist (De Selby from the "Third Policeman") who intends to destroy the world, shades of Ras al-Ghul, with a deoxygenating substance he calls the DMP (Dublin Metropolitan Police). De Selby can also use DMP to stop time and visit with apparations from heaven, like John the Baptist and St. Augustine, so [...]

    18. I may never look at bicycles the same way again. This book is absurd in the best way possible. It was cumbersome for me to read because I had to stop every other word to look up all the references the main characters and St. Augustine were referencing when they spoke—Nicaea, Chrysostim, Manichoean, Plotinus I learned that I'm dumb but the silliness of the book kept me interested and made me feel not so stupid. The entire book was silly, silly. I learned a wee bit of Irish too—spawns,rashers, [...]

    19. Un sacerdote del visionario narra le avventure di confine di un irlandese aspirante salvatore del genere umano, alle prese con scienziati pazzi e eretici, uomini bicicletta, poliziotti improbabili, esilaranti conversioni, amori e amicizie ad alta gradazione alcolica, evocazioni spiritiche teologiche e incontri surreali con scrittori resuscitati divenuti camerieri in incognito. Lingua ineffabile veicolo di epistemologie linguistiche: da non perdere.

    20. I don't like how he brought Joyce into it. I felt like O'Brien was insulting him. Some sections so similar to 'The Third Policeman' that I had to make sure I hadn't read it already. Also, it took a bit too much of a religious angle for my taste, both the main plot and the side story of Joyce was full of the stuff. Nice to read about places you frequent though.

    21. Interesting oddity, combining a fast-moving post-war apocalyptic caper with some comic episodes, a lot of religious and surrealist philosophising, wordplay, a lot of drinking, a little bit of a love story, and James Joyce, alive and well and not quite as you might expect.I enjoyed this but it felt like the plot tension was resolved a little too easily. The style was very enjoyable in many places and full of mischief.

    22. (Lightning Review)This deserves a full review, which I intend on giving when able. Easily second only to Two-Birds and a whole helluva lotta fun. Flann was so much more than a comic author. He was one of the best. Ever. He's one of the troika of Irish Immortals, and, yep, you have to read everything he did. That, sadly, ain't a whole lot. Raise your glasses, bastards. Lightning review grade: whiskey, beer, and seltzer water (simultaneously)

    23. Short absurd novel that's kinda like a selection of O'Brien's greatest hits, including: bicycles, an odd genius named De Selby, policeman, drinking, pancakes. I wouldn't have minded the whole of it holding together better, and no doubt some of the Joyce references and Christian allusions were lost on me, but a fairly enjoyable read nonetheless.

    24. A mild disappointment. Vaguely amusing, but it feels a bit labored and aimless. If you're expecting something on the level of The Third Policeman, your expectations will not be met.

    25. In the very first chapter of this book published in 1964, the author introduces de Selby, the name of a (non)character in O’Brien’s novel, The Third Policeman, in which book de Selby was a presumably fictional author and the subject of innumerable lengthy footnotes, all suggesting that he was ridiculous and had illogical and farfetched theories and copious writings. In that book he never took place in the action or the body of the novel at all, and his relationship to the narrative was tange [...]

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