This just might be the perfect Irish drinking story by a writer legendary for his own drinking and love of the pub life. I am grateful for the opportunity to read one of his works through the generous gesture of Dalkey Archives who will soon be publishing a collection of his short stories. In each of the 75 or so Q and A sessions I have done with Irish authors I have asked them why there is so much drinking in Irish literature. I received some brilliant answers in response but there is no consensus. I have a feeling if I asked Flann O'Brien this I would be lucky just to be asked if I was a tea-totaler and on an unlucky day I might get a bottle of Guinness broken over my head.
This really fun to read story is about what happens when a man's wife leaves him unsupervised for a few days when she goes to visit relatives. We follow him into the pubs as he gets drunker and drunker. Of course he gets himself in some trouble. I laughed when I learned he was supposed to stay at his brother-in-law's house while his wife was gone. There is an interesting turn of events at the close of this very entertaining story.
You can read this story at the link below.
I hope to read more of his work one day.