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Feckless, unwashed, charming, penurious Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield, Trinity College Law student, Irish American with an English Accent, maroon in the ould country and dreaming of dollars and ready women, stumbles from the public house to the pawnbrokers, murmuring delusive enticements in the ear of any girl who'll listen, in delirious search of freedom, wealth, and the recognition he feels is his due. Lyrical and ribald, illuminating, poignant and hugely entertaining, The Ginger Man is a work of authentic comic genius.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349108759
ISBN-10: 0349108757
Format: Paperback
(149mm x 202mm x 24mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 6-Mar-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » Written by an American who has lived in London for several years, this is of a piece with the current crop of young men who find an aesthetic in ??uglinces, who, in concentrating on one hapless individual, would bring down the importance of mass man, and whose murky, squalid dossiers have their interest in the sum of the whole rather than any one part. The always shameless, often shameful posturing focus here is on an American married to an English girl and with a little daughter, Sebastian Dangerfield, who is getting a degree in law at Trinity, in Dublin; his "cloacal grip on life" leads him to other arms, other beds and other areas of nuisance value. His drinking, indebtedness and irresponsibility send his wife packing, he follows and more moves are involved; there are reprisals against ?? landlords, creditors and the milking of a spinster tenant; there's a trip to London and, when Sebastian is all but sunk, there is the help of an old friend from Dublin and reunion with Mary, who has followed him and is willing to work for them both. Accompanying Sebastian's passage of passions are the attempts of another American, O'Keefe, to lose his virginity - without success. This rogue's progress is ably and fairly introduced by Arland Ussher; published in England, it created a stir and sales; it is being readied for critical attention: it is for those unfettered minds previously softened by Amis, Osborne & Co., and sensing the human comedy implied. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - J. P. Donleavy

J. P. Donleavy (Author) J. P. Donleavy was born in New York City in 1926 and educated there andat Trinity College, Dublin. He has written ten novels, two novellas and numerous non-fiction titles. Many of his novels have been adapted for the stage.

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