Bizarre, wacky, mind-trip of a novel. I am still thinking about The Third Policemanseveral weeks later and am only now making an attempt to put my thoughts into words. For those of you are are extremely irritated by the usage of footnotes in works of fiction (a la Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao), Third Policeman contains clever footnotes on the numerous theories and philosophies of de Selby…so you may not want to pick up this novel.
The Third Policeman is set in Ireland and is narrated by an unnamed man who grew up as an orphan and while at school becomes fascinated with the works of de Selby. He ends up committing a murder while robbing a man. After this event, the plot of the book takes a turn for the weird. The book is riddled with characters with bizarre theories about time, life and bicycles.
I really enjoyed this book but I do tend to enjoy books with a touch of the surreal and a smidge of meta. I can see how this book could be one that some people I know would throw against the wall…but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love reading books that surprise you page after page. The book was clever and original.
The Third Policemanwas featured in the LOST episode “Orientation”. Desmond was reading it when the Losties first broke into his HomeSweetHatch.