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The Ginger Man by J.P. Donleavy
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May 21, 2009

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Recommended to Josiah by: Modern Library List Top 100-fiction
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I feel like a traitor giving this even three stars, but the writing is brilliant. Each line tends to have its own weight and sense of being. There is poetry and music in the flow of the text. The author changes from first to third person and back, apparently randomly, but somehow even that makes sense after a while. So with all this going for the book, it seems as if the author has squandered his abilities on a squalid, sordid tale, of no remarkable consequence. It rather reminded me of being dead sober and listening to a drunken explanation of a month long bender: what seems hilarious to the inebriate, just drags on for the sober one. And this novel does begin to drag by the end, even the poetry of the language begins to bog down, seemingly dragged under by the insignificance of the whole. So read it as a remarkable book, but don't expect to like it.
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message 1: by El (new) - rated it 1 star

El Man, for a minute there you almost made me feel bad for giving it one star. But then I realized I just like your review more than I did the actual book.

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