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The Various Lives of Keats and Chapman: Including The Brother

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"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
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 1976)
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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:


Keats and Chapman once lived n
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
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
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.
Jun 20, 2010 Christian rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Jun 18, 2007 Adam rated it liked it
I'll admit - to me, some of these puns make no sense whatsoever.
Apr 17, 2011 David rated it did not like it
A book of high-end puns. Thanks but no.
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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
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