Friday, March 9, 2012

J.P. Donleavy - Ginger Man

Still on for Sunday--sorry about the seriously lacking pitch last month for Orlando... since then, I read it and utterly enjoyed it (and I hope you all did too), not that I expect that statement to convince anyone to read it by tomorrow at 7 PM, when we'll have our discussion about it, but hey...

Got to get this one down for J.P. Donleavy because I can feel the busy-ness breathing down my neck for next week... Thanks to Jolee for the suggestion of The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthasar B, but I had to go with Ginger Man for distribution/availability/length issues (sorry!). Should be a good read and accidentally fits the Irish theme happening right now for St. Patrick's Day... Discussion is April 8th at 7 PM.

First published in Paris in 1955, and originally banned in the United States, J. P. Donleavy's first novel is now recognized the world over as a masterpiece and a modern classic of the highest order. Set in Ireland just after World War II, The Ginger Man is J. P. Donleavys wildly funny, picaresque classic novel of the misadventures of Sebastian Danger-field, a young American ne'er-do-well studying at Trinity College in Dublin. He barely has time for his studies and avoids bill collectors, makes love to almost anything in a skirt, and tries to survive without having to descend into the bottomless pit of steady work. Dangerfield's appetite for women, liquor, and general roguishness is insatiable--and he satisfies it with endless charm.

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