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Myles Before Myles

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Myles Before Myles is a wonderfully funny selection of writings from the pen of Brian O'Nolan (aka Flann O'Brien, Myles na Gopaleen, George Knowall). In this fun-filled extravaganza he is, above all, an entertainer, a 'gas man'. Like much of O'Nolan's most entertaining work, the pieces in this did not originally appear in book form, but in periodicals and newspapers that a ...more
ebook, 330 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Lilliput Press (first published October 25th 1990)
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Max Nemtsov
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Бесценный сборник — от студенческого литературно-орфографического балагана и капустников до подходов к «Переполненному горшочку», включая, что важно, несколько эпизодов из AS2B, вычеркнутых или переписанных автором из паранояльных соображений. Но даже ранние эти тексты переводить на ру — та еще задача, ввиду полного отсутствия контекста у ру-читателя.

А оно того бы стоило — тут у нас великолепный шизофренический карнавал персон Флэнна О’Браена, годами (годами!) пишущих в газету письма, в которых
MJ Nicholls
Oct 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What amazes about this collection:

a) The humour hasn't dated, even if the references have.
b) It is twice as erudite and funny as any modern satirical book.
c) Flann O'Brien wrote an entire magazine by himself.

This collection is a scream: especially the excerpts from Blather, his early ramblings, and the assorted silliness under a billion or so pen-names.

The cuttings from The Bell and his poetry translations are very dull. But who cares. This is one of the funniest books you'll never read.
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rats! The ONE TIME that the band Europe plays my work lunchroom I forget to bring something microwaveable.

My new hairstyle has been affording me the opportunity to go through life looking exactly like Lena Dunham after a cocaine binge.

I'm proud to state that today's outfit, my purple crop top with high-waist green leggings, literally covers pretty much everything.

Other than Bono testifying to congress it's been a pretty good year so far.
Jul 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
Parodies and satires. The sort of thing one finds in Mad Magazine , but very literary and very Irish. James Joyce called Flann O’Brien “a real writer with the true comic spirit,” and this book is a collection of some of the work of “Myles Before Myles” (to misquote a Beatles song, his name was Brian O'Nolan, and he called himself Flann O'Brien, but everyone knew him as Myles na cGopaleen). Included in this book are O’Brien’s articles for the student newspaper at University College, Dublin, arti ...more
Lewis Martin
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book to dip into and to share with friends who understand the Irish sense of humour.
It will particularly appeal to those who love the many and varied works of O'Nolan/O'Brien/na Gopaleen, an author with many and varied names.
It is a worthy precursor to "The Best of Myles", an encyclopaedic collection of his later (and better) newspaper columns. A look at a brilliant polymath as he develops his skills.
Jan 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Early short pieces by Flann O' Brien (aka Brian O' Nolan, aka Myles na gCopaleen) most written before he started his regular column 'An Cruiskeen Lan' in The Irish Times. There is some pretty hilarious stuff in here, though I suspect some of the humor is so specific to Ireland that it would be inaccessible to many readers. Then there is that habit of his of moving from English to Irish and back, all within the same sentence.

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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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