The Poor Mouth: A Bad Story about the Hard Life
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sometimeunderwater - LibraryThing
At times very funny (e.g. the chapter where the ethnographer thinks the pig is speaking Gaelic), but the joke does begin to wear somewhat thin by the end. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - piccoline - LibraryThing
Flann O'Brien is hilarious. Read him now. This one's much more straightforward than _At Swim-two-birds_, and I don't love it quite as much, but all you need to know is that he was sick of the ... Read full review