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The Third Policeman
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The Third Policeman
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Flann O'Brien's most popular and surrealistic novel concerns an imaginary, hellish village police force and a local murder. Weird, satirical, and very funny, its popularity has suddenly increased after...
Flann O'Brien's most popular and surrealistic novel concerns an imaginary, hellish village police force and a local murder. Weird, satirical, and very funny, its popularity has suddenly increased after...
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  • Flann O'Brien's most popular and surrealistic novel concerns an imaginary, hellish village police force and a local murder. Weird, satirical, and very funny, its popularity has suddenly increased after the novel was featured in the 5 October 2005 episode of the hit television series Lost. The series' creators have said that anyone who has read the book "will have a lot more ammunition when dissecting plotlines" of the show.

    Here it comes to life in a new unabridged recording.

    "Even with Ulysses and Finnegans Wake behind him, James Joyce might have been envious" wrote one critic about the work of Flann O'Brien.

 

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  • AudioFile Magazine This bizarre tale, considered a modern Irish classic, is experiencing renewed attention after having been mentioned in various episodes of the television series "Lost." An unnamed protagonist and his accomplice, John Divney, commit a robbery and murder. Afterwards, the story becomes surreal, with the main character encountering philosophy-spouting policemen and experiencing other weird occurrences. Jim Norton's Irish accent is appropriate to the setting. His tone maintains a deadpan, offhand manner, which becomes increasingly chilling after the murder is committed. While this interpretation is fitting for the surrealism of the narrative and may appeal to those with a taste for the eccentric, it's not a gripping listen. One is left with a sense of having missed the point--and not really caring. M.H.N. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from May 28, 2007
    If ever a book was brought to life by a reading, it is this presentation of O’Brien’s posthumously published classic. Norton individually crafts voices and personalities for each character in such a way that a listener might imagine an entire cast of voice talent working overtime. This is a comic/surreal tale of a one-legged gentleman farmer who participates in a poorly planned botched robbery-turned-murder, only to find himself having a long conversation with the dead man shortly after the deed. In addition he hears from his own soul, who he names “Joe.” Joe’s voice is that of a wry observer with a voice of calm, removed authority, whereas dead man Mathers’ voice is completely nasal, at once sickly and droll. Mathers sends the farmer to a two-dimensional barracks of three metaphysical policemen. Here he finds himself in a world where people can become bicycles and eternity is within walking distance. Norton’s rendition of the main policeman, Sergeant Pluck, tips the reading into a full-out performance. The enormous blustery fellow with red cheeks and brushy mustache and eyebrows is portrayed like a jolly yet dangerous Disney walrus. Norton’s Irish brogue, accentuated to different degrees with the various characters, ties the ribbon on a perfect presentation of this absurd and chilling masterpiece.

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