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O'BRIEN, F.: Third Policeman (The) (Abridged)


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O'BRIEN, F.: Third Policeman (The) (Abridged)

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. With a nameless principal character arguing with his rather worldly soul, and set in a place where a wooden leg is an advantage, The Third Policeman is Flann O’Brien's comic, surreal and chilling masterpiece.

Disc 1

  The Third Policeman (Abridged)
1.   Human existence being a hallucination… 00:05:40
2.   Four years passed away happily enough… 00:05:06
3.   Old Mathers lived alone. 00:04:58
4.   And that is why John Divney and I… 00:04:47
5.   I cannot hope to describe what it was… 00:05:15
6.   My mind went back at once to John Divney… 00:06:06
7.   'Every time my birthday came,' Old Mathers… 00:06:00
8.   Signor Beniamino Bari, Joe said… 00:06:04
9.   He then did something that took me by surprise. 00:05:52
10.   I cannot say why I did not stop to think… 00:06:19
11.   Police MacCruiskeen smiled… 00:05:44
12.   So much for de Selby. 00:04:43
13.   He walked back to the dresser… 00:07:17

Disc 2

  The Third Policeman (Abridged)
1.   When I penetrated back to the dayroom… 00:05:12
2.   We were now going through a country… 00:06:00
3.   I looked carefully around me. 00:05:07
4.   The Sergeant then became thoughtful… 00:05:30
5.   'Well now,' the Sergeant said. 00:06:10
6.   MacCruiskeen was not gone for long… 00:05:13
7.   'And when I have a shout shut in that box…' 00:06:22
8.   Puzzled and frightened, I tried to understand… 00:05:48
9.   He drew the stick… 00:05:48
10.   It is peculiar that when one expects… 00:06:28
11.   The ease with which the Sergeant… 00:04:47
12.   I heard the Sergeant sighing heavily… 00:05:22
13.   A curious contretemps arose… 00:04:47

Disc 3

  The Third Policeman (Abridged)
1.   When I awoke again… 00:05:09
2.   I looked at him with a mild enquiry. 00:06:03
3.   His words, now in the air and out of doors… 00:06:29
4.   MacCruiskeen gave a smile… 00:03:05
5.   Footnote 1: Le Fournier, the conservative… 00:04:00
6.   Too much credit cannot be given to Hatchjaw… 00:06:47
7.   I arose and stretched my legs… 00:06:30
8.   A thickening of the right hand… 00:05:51
9.   This is a brave night!' I swung round… 00:06:04
10.   'Before I go,' I said, 'There is one thing…' 00:05:59
11.   I could not help smiling at him… 00:06:04
12.   There was nothing altogether unnatural… 00:04:22
13.   My feet carried my nerveless body… 00:04:33

Total Playing Time: 03:37:21

O'Brien, Flann

Norton, Jim

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Classic Fiction

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: NA396412

Barcode: 9789626349649

Physical Release: 06/2009

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