One is Always Too Good to Women. An Irish Novel by Sally Mara

One is Always Too Good to Women. An Irish Novel by Sally Mara Raymond Queneau

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With a woman aboard, there’s trouble ahead. And what about a barricaded post office of Dublin, yet British, when it was occupied by rebels, ready to give their lives for the freedom of Ireland, and meanwhile a young British postwoman lurked in the toilet room? Without her, all of this would be simple: the brave Irish guys would shoot in the British, and so would beat their path to glory… But now their names should be not on the front page of the world history, but only on the pages of a mystification by Raymond Queneau (1903–1976), a writer, translator, essayist, the member of the Goncourt Academy.


Additional information

Product code: 00210

ISBN: 978-617-664-158-2

Publish year: 2019

Genre: Fiction literature

Age categories: Adult

Cover: Hardcover

Size: 17×12 см



Between Eros and Thanatos

By Bohdan Pastukh


The heroic struggle of the Irish for their independence, their stubbornness, their desperateness, and their ingenuity cannot but fascinate. In a variety of arts, from poetry to cinema, numerous strong works has been created. Suffice is to mention the film Hunger of the director Steve McQueen, or Ken Loach’s movie The Wind That Shakes the Barley, or the poem by William Butler Yeats Easter, 1916… In the named works, the tension of feelings, the tumultuous rhythm of life that does not go on in certain heroes, but is being broken off, makes them very affecting, seriously great.

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What the Blog Authors Read in September

By Julia Dutka


And a little easy reading. Raymond Queneau’s “One is Always Too Good to Women. An Irish Novel by Sally Mara” is about how the courageous Englishwoman can push back against the Irish rebels. How she does it… A historical mystification that creates an atmosphere but keeps from fully believing in it.

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By Julia Dovgun


I’m sharing what I've read since last year… “One is Always Too Good to Women. An Irish Novel by Sally Mara”, Raymond Queneau, the publishing house @astrolabepublishing. An interesting and a bit rude novel that is sure to please those who love Irish ale and the Irish mentality.

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By Oksana Dumanska


Shouldn’t one be really “good” to women? Don’t miss out on the new Astrolabe edition. The great wit and inventor Raymond Queneau must have seen in the literature an intellectual and verbal play, and not just plots filled with episodes, moreover, already tested perhaps B.C.

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By Owl's Bookshelf


Do you love a weird humour and an author’s play with the reader? Then Raymond Queneau ‘s “One is Always Too Good to Women. An Irish Novel by Sally Mara” is just for you.

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By Andrii Omelnytskyi


Woman as hidden weapon (A reader’s position)
In one of his novels, Charles Bukowski, out of the mouth of Henry Chinaski, stated that many good men found themselves under a bridge on a woman’s account. In fact, one is always too good to women. This is the conclusion of the characters of Raymond Queneau’s novel.

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April 10 books. The Most Interesting Novelty Books of the Month in Ukrainian

By Anastasia Herasymova


From the preface, the author begins a play with the reader, a mystification, by talking about the book as the work of another person — the shy and ill-fated Sally Mara, who “got married very early”. She allegedly transmitted her work for translation into French, since her version of the Dublin Uprising of 1916 would hardly have been published in the original.

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5 New Books to Read in One Go

By Ihor Bondar-Tereshchenko


This novel is a great literary mystification with a completely detective story. Published in 1947 by a renowned French writer, it was only in the 1960s that it gained true authorship and entered the treasury of world literature. The plot, reminiscent of an absurdist play in the style of French surrealists, describes the Dublin Uprising in 1916…

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Refined: 7 Novelty Books For Connoisseurs

By Tetiana Hordienko


What to read for those who are looking for something extraordinary? I wonder how Queneau, a language experimenter and a member of the Goncourt Academy in his time, sounds in Ukrainian? The novel written in 1947 tells of an uprising in still British Dublin.

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Fairy Tales, Women and “Capital” Corpses. Five Books that Will Impress You

By Ihor Bondar-Tereshchenko


What is striking about these books, first of all, is that not much of world or local history is known at all, or known in the right way.

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