“DALKEY ARCHIVE” » THE COMPLETE NOVELS / Flann O'Brien

Many questons plague Mick in O’Brien’s comic novel: Can De Selby really stop time and converse with dead saints?  Are people turning into bicycles through molecule exchange?  Should Mick part from his girlfriend, Mary, and join the Trappist order?  Is James Joyce alive and bartending at a local sea side resort?  Most of these questions are answered in the course of Mick’s intellectual and emotional upheavals. O’Brien spins a rollicking tale with his special gift of the gab and genuine love of the ordinary.  His plot may bring to mind Kurt Vonnegut but O’Brien displays a much finer literary skill.  What is the plot??  You must read this one and decide for yourself.      Don 8/2/2017

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