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Like The Best of Myles and Further Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn (both available from Dalkey Archive Press), At War is a collection of Flann O'Brien's columns written for the Irish Times under the pseudonym Myles na Gopaleen. Taken from the war years of 1940-45, these writings provide plenty of acerbic wit and persistent prodding of "the good people of Ireland." And in typi ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1999)
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Max Nemtsov
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
у книги отличное предисловие, из которого становится чуть более понятен масштаб всего этого гиперромана под названием "Бурливый горшочек": 4 миллиона слов (около 100 авторских листов), выходивших четверть века мелким шрифтом до 6 раз в неделю. это три с лишним тысячи текстов (некоторые - с картинками). что, собственно, дает редактору право организовать текст так, как он это делает - в некое подобие связного нарратива. он, по сути, накладывает на весь этот объем наследия Майлза некую маску, а их ...more
Jilly Gagnon
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This being a collection of newspaper columns, I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more with a bit of context (I never thought I'd miss norton annotated editions), but O'Brien's cleverness, wit, and sheer absurdity shine through even in the most Irish/historically referential (and thus confusing) pieces.
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Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just read it
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Other than perhaps sporange, a very rare alternative form of sporangium *, orange has no perfect rhymes **.

* A botanical term for a part of a fern or similar plant.

** Keep in mind that lozenge is a valid half-rhyme *** for orange.

*** What's the difference between a full rhyme and a half-rhyme? A full and stressed rhyme (e.g. hand / stand) or even an unstressed rhyme (such as handing / standing) contain vowels that are common to both words, while a half-rhyme like orange / lozenge has obvious dif
Jan 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, essays
The Cruiskeen Lawn Columns that O'Brien penned as Myles na gCopaleen are an excellent example of the bygone art of humorous and interesting newspaper columns. This collection focuses on those written during WWII. They are highly enjoyable, but I recommend reading his fiction first.

That being said, these will have immediate appeal to anyone who liked Don Marquis' columns featuring Archy the Free Verse Cockroach.
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Another collection of wonderfully strange columns from the Irish Times by the great Flann O'Brien. Not all top shelf and many of the references are over my head or long gone with the generation that was reading the original pieces, but he's a damn peer of Joyce and Beckett. I just can't not give Flann O'Brien 5 stars, so sue me.
David Markwell
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Flann O'Brien is a comedic genius and this collection of his Irish Times writings from the WWII era will not disappoint. If you are unfamiliar with O'Brien you could not do wrong by picking At War up and reading it through.
Aine MacAodha
Jun 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Another witty and funny book of shorts from this man as Miles Na gCoplaeen.
Intermittently clever, but I much prefer O'Brien's novels.
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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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