The Poor Mouth: A Bad Story about the Hard Life

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Dalkey Archive Press, 1996 - Fiction - 128 pages

"The Poor Mouth" relates the story of one Bonaparte O'Coonassa, born in a cabin in a fictitious village called Corkadoragha in western Ireland equally renowned for its beauty and the abject poverty of its residents. Potatoes constitute the basis of his family's daily fare, and they share both bed and board with the sheep and pigs. A scathing satire on the Irish, this work brought down on the author's head the full wrath of those who saw themselves as the custodians of Irish language and tradition when it was first published in Gaelic in 1941.


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The Poor Mouth: A Bad Story About the Hard Life

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O'Brien's wicked satire on the life of Irish peasant Bonaparte O'Coonassa was published in Gaelic in 1941 and translated into English in 1964. This edition contains illustrations by Ralph Steadman. A good companion to the MacNamara novel reviewed above. Read full review

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Irreverent and refreshingly un-American. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Flann O'Brien (1911-1966) is the author of The Dalkey Archive, At Swim-Two-Birds, The Hard Life, The Poor Mouth, and The Third Policeman, all available from Dalkey Archive Press.

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