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The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy
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Feb 05, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: modern-library-100
Read from February 05 to 10, 2011

I found the stream-of-consciousness style of The Ginger Man to be fairly hard to read, although I got used to it as the book went on. The book is told from the perspective of Sebastian Dangerfield, who I suspect was losing his sanity as the novel progressed, thereby making his descriptions of events unclear. Sebastian frequently daydreamed, and these daydreams were interspersed with his descriptions of current events, so that it became difficult to tell what was real and what was not. No doubt that was the intent of the author, but it made for a slow read.

I did like some of the language in the book, especially this section near the very end:

"On a winter night I heard horses on a country road, beating sparks out of the stones. I knew they were running away and would be crossing the fields where the pounding would come up into my ears. And I said they are running out to death which is with some soul and their eyes are mad and teeth out."

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