The Dalkey Archive: Flann O'Brien says things funny
For now, what I like best about The Dalkey Archive is that O'Brien seemed incapable of writing a non-funny sentence. Even purely expository passages and the most routine actions are funny:
"It was near six when they stopped a tree."*"My goodness, the Bishop of Hippo!"*"I implore you not to be facetious, the unsmiling Crabbe replied. The funny thing is that I like the name Nemo. Try thinking of it backwards.
"Well, you have something there, Hackett granted,
"There was a short silence which Dr. Crewett broke.
"That makes you think, he said thoughtfully. Wouldn't it be awful to have the Arab surname Esra?"Who else is like that? Who else is funny no matter what he or she is writing?
© Peter Rozovsky 2014