Irish biographer MacNamara's first novel: an elaborate Celtic sendup of literary pretensions filled with what's described as ``utter and hopefully pleasant nonsense.'' The title, a mischievous pun on the revered The Book of Invasions (``a compilation of records from early Irish mss.''), sets the tone for this long Irish shaggy-dog story—the story of Mountmellick and MacGilla, two characters who escape from limbo, which, ``by Vatican decree or omission, [had become] tenantless,'' subsequently to be occupied by ``characters from unpublished novels, filmscripts, narrative poems and other sources of synthetic personality.'' The escaped pair take over a writer's mind as a first step to the gaining of immortality previously denied them.
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