Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Various Lives of Keats and Chapman: Including The Brother” as Want to Read:
The Various Lives of Keats and Chapman: Including The Brother
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Various Lives of Keats and Chapman: Including The Brother

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  124 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
"Along with Joyce and Beckett, [Flann O'Brien] constitutes our trinity of great Irish writers. And who is funnier?"
- Edna O'Brien

The cream of Flann O'Brien's comic tour-de-force, the Keats and Chapman stories began in O'Brien's column in the Irish Times. He called them "studies in literary pathology" -- monstrously tall tales that explore the very limits of the shaggy dog
...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 1976)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Various Lives of Keats and Chapman, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Various Lives of Keats and Chapman

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 264)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Matthew
Oct 24, 2008 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: laugh-riots
This book compiles a choice selection of an ingenious column Flann O'Brien wrote for The Irish Times.

The column tells of two friends, Keats (the poet) and Chapman (famous translator of Homer into English) and their encounters here and there and everywhere. Every little story is an elaborate build up to a bad pun, which assisted by O'Brien's knowledge of languages such as Gaelic and Latin. The only way to do it justice is to display some of the articles here:

CARNIVAL

Keats and Chapman once lived n
...more
Max Nemtsov
May 08, 2015 Max Nemtsov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Сага о разнообразных жизнях Чэпмена и Китса — хитровывернутое литературное издевательство над читателем, образец абсурда в духе Хармса (это для понятности), но не Хармс, другая разновидность: это набор «фегутов», анекдотов, в которых сюжет кропотливо выстраивается, чтобы подвести к ударной фразе, как правило — довольно идиотской. По большей части это совсем непереводимо, проще тут писать свои истории, на материале родного языка.
«Брательник» же в исполнении Имона Моррисси — гениальный моноспектак
...more
David Katzman
Dec 26, 2008 David Katzman rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Flann O'Brien completists only
I was charmed, but take it with a grain of salt because I love O'Brien. This book collects a bizarre and hilarious one man play--about a poor Irish lout who doesn't like playing the characters that "that fellow" (Flann O'Brien) forces upon him--and a series of shaggy-dog puns featuring the unlikely Laurel and Hardy duo of John Keats and George Chapman, translator of Homer. The puns are excerpts from O'Brien's newspaper columns and collected out of context. Despite some of the puns paying off in ...more
Rob
Jan 09, 2014 Rob rated it liked it
Some of these were very funny. Some of them I just didn't get. The brother is an entertaining piece of ridiculousness that made me want to re-read the novels.
Christian
Jun 20, 2010 Christian rated it really liked it
Shelves:
If you like shaggy-dog stories, groan-wrenching puns, and the wit and wisdom of Brian O'Nolan, aka Flann O'Brien, aka Myles na Gopaleen, well then this one's for you.
Chisho1m
Oct 27, 2007 Chisho1m rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of the BBC's "My Word!"
Makes for an excellent bathroom reader for intelligent fans of wordplay.
Adam
Jun 18, 2007 Adam rated it liked it
I'll admit - to me, some of these puns make no sense whatsoever.
David
Apr 17, 2011 David rated it did not like it
A book of high-end puns. Thanks but no.
Chanice Green
Chanice Green marked it as to-read
Apr 26, 2016
Sean Reichard
Sean Reichard marked it as to-read
Apr 24, 2016
600
600 rated it really liked it
Apr 21, 2016
Will_Crimble
Will_Crimble marked it as to-read
Apr 16, 2016
Coman
Coman rated it liked it
Apr 16, 2016
Pat Winter
Pat Winter marked it as to-read
Apr 13, 2016
Zachary
Zachary rated it it was amazing
Apr 11, 2016
Laura
Laura marked it as to-read
Apr 06, 2016
Theystared
Theystared marked it as to-read
Apr 02, 2016
Reuben Wane
Reuben Wane marked it as to-read
Apr 01, 2016
Kjetil Svarstad
Kjetil Svarstad is currently reading it
Mar 26, 2016
Dominic Foord
Dominic Foord rated it liked it
Mar 23, 2016
Sharon
Sharon rated it really liked it
Mar 19, 2016
Rick Hockman
Rick Hockman marked it as to-read
Mar 18, 2016
Valerie Forest
Valerie Forest marked it as to-read
Mar 17, 2016
Linda Andromidas
Linda Andromidas marked it as to-read
Mar 12, 2016
James
James marked it as to-read
Mar 10, 2016
Gearóid
Gearóid marked it as to-read
Mar 08, 2016
Beona
Beona rated it it was amazing
Mar 03, 2016
Maureen
Maureen rated it really liked it
Mar 01, 2016
Lizbeth Villar
Lizbeth Villar marked it as to-read
Feb 29, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Flying to America: 45 More Stories
  • The Collected Writings Of Ambrose Bierce
  • A Child Again
  • Bats Out of Hell
  • The Devil's Dictionary and Other Works
  • The Book of the Unknown: Tales of the Thirty-six
  • Imaginary Lives
  • The Beetle Leg
  • Incredibly Strange Music, Vol. One
  • Who Killed John F. Kennedy? (Lose Your Own Adventure #1)
  • I Burn Paris
  • Deep Politics and the Death of JFK
  • The Secret of Evil
  • Clark Gifford's Body
  • The Open Curtain
  • The Last Coin
  • La malédiction d'Edgar
15248
Pseudonym of Brian Ó Nualláin, also known as Brian O'Nolan.


His English novels appeared under the name of Flann O’Brien, while his great Irish novel and his newspaper column (which appeared from 1940 to 1966) were signed Myles na gCopaleen or Myles na Gopaleen – the second being a phonetic rendering of the first. One of twelve brothers and sisters, he was born in 1911 in Strabane, County Tyrone, in
...more
More about Flann O'Brien...

Share This Book