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The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy
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Mar 17, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: gave-up-on, fiction-general

A truly dreadful book. I quit reading on page 29 of 347, and here’s why:

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 under its head and pressed it hard on the screaming mouth.

“I’ll kill it, God damn it, I’ll kill it, if it doesn’t shut up.”

“Wildly funny”? Anyone who thinks that’s wildly funny is not someone I’d want as a friend. I’m not even sure I want him/her free to walk the streets.
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Pete Rathburn Thanks for the heads up. I came across this book title in "The Executioner's Song". No wonder convicted killer Gary Gilmore liked it.


Ilona I wondered who on earth would be among its fans...


Loring Wirbel And Tom Brokaw calls these postwar thugs "The Greatest Generation"? Perhaps in future decades, Hunter Thompson will be hated with equal abandon, but for now, I'll just say that most Beats, Donleavy included, were arrogant msisogynist creeps.


Dina I loved this book and I am a feminist.


Mike Marsbergen You don't need to like a protagonist to read about them, and a writer doesn't need to be anything like their creations. Anybody who knows JP Donleavy says he's the sweetest, kindest man, and incredibly generous and funny.


Ilona Dina wrote: "I loved this book and I am a feminist."
I loathed this book and I am a feminist.
Perhaps it is because I once lived with a man who hit me that I manage not to find it in the slightest amusing?


Dina Loring wrote: "And Tom Brokaw calls these postwar thugs "The Greatest Generation"? Perhaps in future decades, Hunter Thompson will be hated with equal abandon, but for now, I'll just say that most Beats, Donleavy..."
Would not call Donleavy a Beat...
Ilona wrote: "I wondered who on earth would be among its fans..."


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