The Poor Mouth: A Bad Story about the Hard Life by Flann O'Brien

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Reviewed by Josh Wilson, Systems Librarian, NCLIVE

Perfect oddball satire of wretchedly poor turn-of-the-20th-century rural Irish life. Every meal is potatoes, every day is a downpour, and no one knows anything about the outside world. Flann O'Brien's writing can't be neatly defined--it's funny without really being comic, surreal but about daily life. This one serves as a good intro to O'Brien, too, at just over 100 pages.