The Third Policeman - Flann O'Brien7.08

Note! The Third Policeman was written between 1939 and 1940, but it was published in 1967.

The Third Policeman is Flann O'Brien's brilliantly dark comic novel about the nature of time, death, and existence. Told by a narrator who has committed a botched robbery and brutal murder, the novel follows him and his adventures in a two-dimensional police station where, through the theories of the scientist/philosopher de Selby, he is introduced to "Atomic Theory" and its relation to bicycles, the existence of eternity (which turns out to be just down the road), and de Selby's view that the earth is not round but "sausage-shaped." With the help of his newly found soul named "Joe," he grapples with the riddles and contradictions that three eccentric policeman present to him.

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Release date: 1967
Genres: science fiction
Tags: humor
Average rating: 7.08/10
Total ratings: 36
Updated: September 17, 2020