Only made it halfway through the book... never actually bought into the main character of the writing style.
I've read about 24 books a year for the past 25 years and this one is on my personal top ten. Highly recommended. Funny.
I first read this book nearly 45 years ago. I thought J.P. Donleavy was an author like no other. Maybe he still is. The protagonist is an Irishman like all Irishman would like to think themselves to be but probably fall pitifully short, but not short for lack of trying. I hope you not only read this book but also some of Donleavy's other works.
Soph's spectacular find-- and it was outstanding! I actually found it tough going initially, I couldn't get on track- reminiscent of trying Joyce for the first time- but it was so worth pressing onward. (Soph, on the other hand, tore through this is 2-3 nights...)
Opening line, "Today a rare sun of spring. And horse carts clanging to the quays down Tara Street and the shoeless white faced kids screaming."
One of the all-time great louts in literary history (none other than our drunken American "hero" Mr. Sebastian Dangerfield) runs rampant throughout this intense, chaotic story. Wonderfully written, it traces his destructive path in and out of the lives of a wild cast of characters- some kind, some terrible, some equally drunken and disdainful, all interwined in this classic tale of Irishness gone horribly awry. A must-read.
***Worth noting: Upon its publication in 1955, it was banned in the Republic of Ireland and the United States of America for obscenity.***
is this similar to Lucky Jim?
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