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De Alfonce Tennis

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  33 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Paperback, L'Avventura, 217 pages
Published July 1986 by Feltrinelli (first published 1984)
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Manny
May 16, 2010 Manny rated it it was ok
Shelves: games
Probably one of the ten most bizarre books I have ever read, this is a novel (of sorts) masquerading as the rules and history of an invented game. It's amusing in places, like all of Donleavy's work, but I must admit that I didn't really get it. Not remotely as good as The Unexpurgated Code .

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Well, that was what I thought a quarter of an hour ago. Now, I've poked around a bit on Google - Donleavy claims that the game of De Alfonce Tennis actually exist
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David
Sep 21, 2010 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is quite an unusual little book, particularly for Donleavy. However, unlike some of the other comments I've read about it, I don't feel the need to place this below his other works. I like a number of his other works, but this is another animal entirely and I think should be enjoyed on its own without comparison to Donleavy's more traditionally told tales. This one is very interesting in its basic narrative structure and is worth looking at just for that aspect. Of course, Donleavy has a ma ...more
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Apr 20, 2008 dead letter office rated it it was ok
an account of the invention of a bizarre fictional sport. not his best work.
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This guy is a funny nut!!! What a pleasure
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James Patrick Donleavy is an Irish American author, born to Irish immigrants. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II after which he moved to Ireland. In 1946 he began studies at Trinity College, Dublin, but left before taking a degree. He was first published in the Dublin literary periodical, Envoy.

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