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January 21, 2004

No Laughing Matter: The Life and Times of Flann O'Brien by Anthony Cronin

Posted by daev

A biography of the genius and tragedy of a writer ahead of his time...

I tore through this book last week, while travelling around Europe, by train and plane. In a way, this biography has the best possible author - it's by contemporary, someone who drank with the writer Brian O'Nolan (Flann O'Brien/Myles na Gopaleen). This has its pitfalls, however... despite Cronin's deep regard for 'Myles' as we'll call him, he eventually has to conclude that Myles was a chronic alcoholic, and very frustrated writer, who perhaps never reached his full potential. After his father died, Myles had to use his Civil Service job to provide for his 11 siblings and mother - scant freedom for a budding novelist.

Cronin, himself, is apparently regarded (in some quarters) as something of a frustrated poet, who rankles at his failure to be regarded alongside Seamus Heaney or Brendan Kennelly... and throughout the book, some of his envy of the likes of Paddy Kavanagh and Behan shines through, a phenomenon even more apparent in his book Dead As Doornails...

Otherwise though, this is a splendid read... the definitive biography of Flann O'Brien.

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Posted by daev at January 21, 2004 3:28 PM

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