The Poor Mouth: A Bad Story about the Hard Life

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Dalkey Archive Press, 1974 - Fiction - 128 pages
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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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User 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

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User Review  - figre - LibraryThing

This is a strange little book. Of course, it is by Flann O’Brien, so why should anything but strange be expected. It is the story of the life of Bonaparte O’Coonassa, born to great poverty in Ireland ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
12
Section 3
17
Section 4
22
Section 5
29
Section 6
46
Section 7
57
Section 8
62
Section 9
73
Section 10
83
Section 11
88
Section 12
91
Section 13
99
Section 14
117
Section 15
121
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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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