Ginger Man, The
If, like me, Dangerfield's sozzled transatlantic blarney leaves you cold, you are left with the world's most unconvincing sex-machine (with the possible exception...more
To be sure, Sebastian is an unpleasant character, but that doesn’t bother me. I was simply bored by the events of the novel. I didn’t find it, as all the blurbs promised, an exuberant, witty, wildly comic escapade. Donleavy’s writin...more
this is # 99 on my list of 100. i received the greatest joy when i read the last page and didn t have to spend any more time with ,sabastian. is this a great novel cause donleavy describes in great detail one of the worst characters in literature ? he is cruel to women and yet they keep coming back to him. he doesn t work, barely studies his law books, has no redeeming qualities. he reminds me of the college drunks who wasted their education in college. there are so many bad books on this list...more
"Ginger Man" è la storia di un mostro senza tempo, un diavolo in carne e ossa, un angelo perfido e carismatico. Sebastian Dangerfield è un bel giovanotto e un insaziabile disgraziato, il maschio che ogni donna non può che odiare, con ogni vizio e pochissime virtù: seduttore, erotomane, ladro, imbroglione, violento, bevitore, ingordo - il tipo che abbandona la moglie con la bambina, ruba i soldi dalla borsetta e va a farsi il giro dei pub, invidiato da qualunque altro uomo perché riesce a farla f...more
I'll start with Donleavy's prose style, the only redeeming thing about the novel. "The Ginger Man" swerves wildly between the first and third person, an interior monologue one moment and a systematic sketch...more
The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy is one of the books I've had on my shelf for years that I've always meant to read. It was a gift from a friend who knew my love for rollicks.
The Ginger Man is every inch the rollick. Written in mainly as the running interior monologue of Sebastian Dangerfield, the text is littered with traces of the high modernists; Donleavy's punctuation seems haphazard until you realize that it's written in t...more
However, I don't read literature to find examples of perfect angels who never commit a sin. I read selective fiction, for the most part, to be engaged in an entertaining tale. Donleavy more...more
The long and tortured history of J P Donleavy's first novel parallels the trials and tribulations of Sebastian Dangerfield, anti-hero and bad boy, aka the Ginger Man. Because of sexual content, Donleavy had a heck of a time getting published and until 1965, all versions were expurgated (obscene or objectionable passages deleted.) It is considered a classic as well as Donleavy's best work.
As the story opens, Dangerfield is unhappily married to a woman whom he had hoped would bring him money but i...more
Apparently the Ginger Man was turned down by something like 40 publishers before finding it's way to the mainly pornographic publishers Olympi...more
These thoughts were high in my mind as I read ‘The Gin...more
I love wo...more
Overall, I prefer Sir Digby Chicken-Ceasar to Sebastian Dangerfield, as that former old gentleman is less of a misogynist and has his drinking problem under better...more
An American studying law in 1948 at Trinity College in Dublin seems to lack focus, finances and fortitude. Living with his English wife and infant daughter, he somehow fails to find ti...more
And yet, my dark sense o...more
Donleavy seems to want to be both Joyce (with whom he doesn't measure up) and Miller (where he fares a bit better). I kept looking for Donleavy but fo...more
A likable feller, then an unlikable feller, Dangerfield is the hero of this story. A very bad bad hero, as he womanizes, boozes, and is a inveterate liar. You follow his misadventures, marvel at his sheer tenacity at the face of utter bankruptcy of coin and moral spirit.
This book is a mass of seething contradictions. It must be said of the Irish, or at least the Irish I read in books written by Irishmen, that they revel in the conflicting nature of...more
I always say an author's job is to make you love the characters or
hate them, either way it should be counted as a success. So I think folks who
say they don't like a book because character soandso was a horrible
fellow or whatnot are missing the point.
So dangit! my turn to miss the point- I found this fellow so
despicable, and maybe too close to some folks I know, that I couldn't like it.
On a more practical side it is a comedy written in 1952 taking
place in England and it is difficult for humor to...more
From the blurb from the back cover:
“…wildly funny, picaresque classic novel of the misdaventures of Sebastian Dangerfield, a young American ne’re-do-well….”
And this, from the fateful page 29:
“He drove his fist into Marion’s face [his wife]. She fell backward against the cupboard… In tattered underwear he stood at the nursery door. He kicked his foot through and tore off the lock to open it. Took the child’s pillow from und...more
See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.P._Don...
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