The Poor Mouth: A Bad Story About the Hard Life

The Poor Mouth: A Bad Story About the Hard Life

Paperback Irish Literature

By (author) Flann O'Brien, By (author) Ralph Steadman, By (author) Patrick Power

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  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 10mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 3 February 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Normal, IL
  • ISBN 10: 1564780910
  • ISBN 13: 9781564780911
  • Edition statement: Dalkey Archive.
  • Sales rank: 72,410

Product description

The Poor Mouth relates the story of one Bonaparte O'Coonassa, born in a cabin in a fictitious village called Corkadoragha in western Ireland equally renowned for its beauty and the abject poverty of its residents. Potatoes constitute the basis of his family's daily fare, and they share both bed and board with the sheep and pigs. A scathing satire on the Irish, this work brought down on the author's head the full wrath of those who saw themselves as the custodians of Irish language and tradition when it was first published in Gaelic in 1941.

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"O'Brien was one of the comic geniuses of the 20th century... The Poor Mouth is wildly funny and Steadman's drawings catch the spirit."-- Boston Globe

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The Poor Mouth relates the story of one Bonaparte O'Coonassa, born in a cabin in a fictitious village called Corkadoragha in western Ireland equally renowned for its beauty and the abject poverty of its residents. Potatoes constitute the basis of his family's daily fare, and they share both bed and board with the sheep and pigs. A scathing satire on the Irish, this work brought down on the author's head the full wrath of those who saw themselves as the custodians of Irish language and tradition when it was first published in Gaelic in 1941.