The Ginger Man was JP Donleavy’s first novel and his best, as fresh now as the day on which it was published in Donleavy, who has died. JP Donleavy manages to construct a voice for his raucous, selfdramatizing hero that combines the experiments of Irish modernism with a. Irish-American author JP Donleavy has died aged Donleavy, who was best- known for his novel ‘The Ginger Man’, is understood to.

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So lighten up ladies. Donleavy more tha I truly enjoyed this book — and I’m a woman.

A scoundrel, a sneak? Apr 30, F. He claimed he was more sought after by Americans for his views on the country igngerman any donlsavy, even though he knew little about dlnleavy place. In the reissue of The Ginger ManJay McInerney noted in the introduction that the book “has undoubtedly launched thousands of benders, but it has also inspired scores of writers with its vivid and visceral narrative voice and the sheer poetry of its prose”.

The Ginger Man was republished in Britain, in a slightly abridged edition, inbut the unexpurgated text would have to wait another seven years until it came out as a Corgi paperback. Actually, what they despise is the Sebastian Dangerfield character for he is a drunken, misogynistic, lecherous scoundrel, the very kind of man they are terrified that their daughters might someday meet. And give it to your daughters. I like to think that the person this copy originally belonged to was staying at a hostel and met some interesting folks with whom he planned on communicating later, ranging from Montreal to Maine to the United Kingdom.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Obviously other people find it amusing and worthwhile to read. I found The Ginger Man to be quite a well-written and engaging story. Open Preview See a Problem? He had studied boxing, and The History of The Ginger Man contained many accounts of street brawls, in which Donleavy was invariably the victor.

But the most important aspect is that of unexpected anticipation… That says it all.

The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy

Some lines of her hair and her age of thirty four. Donleavy’s first novel is now recognized the world over as a masterpiece and a modern classic of the highest order. Songs and rhymes are threaded through the narrative as in Finnegans Wake, and Donleavy often concludes a chapter with a haiku-type verse, sometimes shaped like its subject: His fondness for correctness and proper manners led him to write a witty, self-mocking book on the subject, The Unexpurgated Code In his memoir, he revealed his method for dealing with a legal adversary: Sails moving out to sea.


Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield is an American with an English accent who drinks, carouses and swindles his way through Dublin and London. Since I’m not particularly well-read, and since the novel is set in Dublin, I’m going to make the easy mistake of seeing this as the influence of James Joyce.

As his taste in titles suggests, Donleavy tended to rely on formula. As we drove to a little pub in the hills, he claimed not to have been outside his own gates for two weeks.

Why is it, I ask myself, that so many authors write a magnificent first novel and then the following ones never seem to live up to the initial expectations? Perhaps Donleavy is simply offering homage, not only to Joyce and the others he alludes to, but to the very practice of appropriation.

Girodias had declared himself bankrupt, and was preparing to buy back the title of his beloved Olympia Press at an auction in Paris. LIterature Reviews literature-editor J. He very occasionally studies or goes to his Sometimes I am absolutely baffled as to why certain books are on the Modern Library Top book list. View all 4 comments. That was probably a wise intuition as I’m quite certain that Sebastian Dangerfield, the ginger man of the title, would have driven my younger self to some extreme act such as burying the book in a deep hole after the first twenty pages.

It’s the cake without the icing. Off the corridor leading out of the kitchen were various dark little rooms. Maybe I’m just completely missing something.

By the end of the s, he was at the height of his financial success. Donleavy could have started his book with the first three mini paragraphs: It’s amazing that people are giving this book bad reviews, simply because they didn’t like the central character or his woman-hating, baby-bashing behavior.


The Ginger Man

No bad breath or secret vulgarities. Yours in death S. Tacked up on a cross and looking down. Those tubs are huge over there. He is banking on an inherited wealth which will be his once his sick father dies. The plot is quite simple, as a character novel should be. Sebastian Dangerfield is the same sort of character as Ignatius Reilly in A Confederacy of Duncesanother book which is hailed as being “brilliant” that I could not stand.

To view it, click here. He has been shortlisted for numerous other awards, is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and his fiction has appeared in publications in Ireland and abroad, including The Stinging Fly, Ambit and The Penny Dreadful.

It is so easy to see why this book has since been turned into a stage production. However, Sebastian here can come across much nastier as he has a wife and child to provide for unlike Henry Miller who was all by himself in Paris and he instead drinks constantly and even beats them pretty early on in the book.

It has a writing style, however, that is quite unique, and I would imagine very difficult to do, that of swinging from the first to the third person and back via the main character, Sebastian Dangerfield.

For all those 1 and 2 star reviewers on here who “hated” the book for its “misogyny” and the “unpleasantness” of Sebastian, I quote the following: Loading comments… Trouble loading? It sold many millions of copies the Irish Times estimates 50mand was made into a successful play instaged in the West End of London and in Dublin, with Richard Harris in the title role, but while the film rights were optioned many times most recently for a version starring Johnny Deppplans came to nothing.

Appparently it’s supposed to be funny. As for the comaprison of the two, I don’t think Donleavy was chasing the shock appeal that Miller may have sought. Please enter an answer in digits: