Books: Leprechauns & Logorrhea

AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDS by Flann O'Brien. 315 pages. Walker. $4.95.

It may be that Irishmen write stories at great speed because they are afraid of being interrupted by another Irishman with an even taller story. Logorrhea may be a Greek word, but the Irish are the most egregious at it.

A master of the many-splendored art of Irish malarkey was Flann O'Brien, pseudonymous author of At Swim-Two-Birds. Flann O'Brien was one of the pen names of Brian O'Nolan, wit, playwright and civil servant. Under the name of Myles na gCopaleen, he wrote a satirical column for...

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