A Fairy Tale of New York

A Fairy Tale of New York A Fairy Tale of New York is a funny lusty and sad novel of comic genius Returning from study abroad Cornelius Christian enters customs with his luggage and his dead wife His first encounter in New

A Fairy Tale of New York is a funny, lusty, and sad novel of comic genius Returning from study abroad, Cornelius Christian enters customs with his luggage and his dead wife His first encounter in New York is with a funeral director, with whom he reluctantly takes employment to pay for the burial expenses In the course of his duties he meets the beautiful Fanny SourpussA Fairy Tale of New York is a funny, lusty, and sad novel of comic genius Returning from study abroad, Cornelius Christian enters customs with his luggage and his dead wife His first encounter in New York is with a funeral director, with whom he reluctantly takes employment to pay for the burial expenses In the course of his duties he meets the beautiful Fanny Sourpuss over her millionaire husband s dead body However, his over enthusiastic handling of his first corpse lands him in court Cornelius Christian wanders through the great sad cathedral that is New York, examining the human condition in all its comic pathos and lonely absurdity Whether lingering in the Automat drinking from half empty coffee cups and stealing baked beans from the plates of customers who go looking for ketchup, or finding love on a street corner only to end up fighting his way out of a hooker s fists, Cornelius Christian, heroic anti hero, sings of life s goodness in the wake of disaster.

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A Fairy Tale of New York

  1. James Patrick Donleavy was 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.See also enpedia wiki J.P._Don

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  1. J.P Donleavy is one of my top five favorite authors of all time And for me, this is my favorite of his novels.The lead character is a floundering, directionless scoundrel but he s also a lost person who side stepped into a maze after immigrating to New York City There s an honesty to this book, there s an honesty to how one can be so alone and yet surrounded by millions of people in NYC.This particular quote sums up exactly why this book struck home to me so hard, as I read this shortly after re [...]

  2. A Fairy Tale of New York is the tale of mourning and it is the tale of love The deceased s arm hanging out over the side of the casket Fingers dipping into the tips of the lilies of the valley Fuming up their fragrance when all we need is smelling salts It is the book of the dead Show honesty in the squeeze of your handshake Grow tall strong and bronze like the buildings Tear them down before they get ghosts All over this city Too rich to laugh at Too lonely to love It is the book of the living. [...]

  3. Cornelius Christian, the protagonist in this novel, is young, handsome, widowed, highly sexed, amoral and erratic I couldn t get a fix on this guy and concluded in the end that I didn t like him very much Narrated in combination first and third person prose, with lengthy monologues and bizarre dialogue, this is a satire on the shallowness of life in America It is also a difficult read due to its style.Cornelius arrives back home to New York after a sojourn in Ireland His wife who is accompanying [...]

  4. Been thinking of a way of describing this book and I ve come up with Henry Miller with a sense of humour Just like Miller he has created a cast of horrible characters, violence, foul language and gratuitous sex, combining to make a great read.Donleavy uses short Punchy sentences To make this story move along very fastly Christian is a brilliant character, at first I thought he was gonna be a bit soft but turns out he was wonderfully destructive, his politeness was hilarious at times creating one [...]

  5. Holly, whom you probably don t know, once felt strongly that every Jansenist, Jesuit, dentist, or destitute should at some point and time ask herself following What will be found at the crossroads of idealism and benevolence Will it be The Puritans of the Long Parliament or The Piano Man of Long Island Mind, Holly s friend Fire, expressly named after the famous element, then paraphrased her initial question verbally offering it to the group As such Is it obvious that man s ethical responsibility [...]

  6. This is the sixth novel of Donleavy s I ve read, in order of composition His prose style the sentence fragments, irregular spellings, gorgeous imagery, shifts from third to first person, poetic chapter endings, the main characters with alliterative names was firmly in place from the beginning, and somewhere between A Singular Man and The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B, all of the author s thematic concerns and motifs were nailed down as well These include a deep desire for wealth and leisure [...]

  7. This book s about American guy who moves back to America from Ireland and scams his way through life with his good looks, Irish accent, and charm He is completely unsympathetic and I couldn t even love to hate him It was interesting that he lived in Greenlawn, a section of New York that judging from the descriptions was based on Woodlawn, which was where I was living at the time But it didn t justify the obnoxiousness of the narrator.

  8. Probably my favorite J.P Donleavy book It, like most of his books, is very sentimental but his main characters all feel like they could be friends of mine.

  9. This is one of those books where the narrative of the protagonist and oddly, the protagonist removed from self at times really takes over He s disarming, insightful and despairingch older and manipulative than a Holden Caufield and jaded too The major similarity is the fact that he sees the phoniness in people He wants them to be better but when they aren t, he s not going to cry over swear words in an elementary school He s simply going to move on becoming and apathetic and not caring how m [...]

  10. This is my second time reading this book, the first being in my late 20s At this point in my life, it is less entertaining and crass I do feel empathy for Christian, a very lonely man, an orphan with a sad childhood who clearly has brought a lot of this sadness with him through life The book begins with death, the death of his wife He returns to the place of his lonely childhood, NYC He enters the funeral business and surrounds himself with death He tries to escape loneliness and death, mostl [...]

  11. Not, in my opinion the best ever written by Donleavy but even his second string is a masterpiece by most standards.Once again we follow an emotionally stunted drunk, delusional and philandering cad on his rough and tumble journey through polite, and some cases not so polite, society in search of a little bit of peace and dignity accompanied by just a slight nip of the drink and maybe a little bit of satisfaction for ones frontal tail.The cast of characters is amazing, the protagonist is both dep [...]

  12. Outstanding work My personal favorite of Donleavys novels From the moment the protagonist unloads his poor dead wife from the ship, things begin to go south for this mislead young man as he makes his way through New York in this hilarious dark comedy of a novel Nearly every page is full of quotable lines and memorable characters, from an eastern european boardinghouse manager who keeps an iron bar between her huge breasts for dealing with unruly tenants to his extensive string of hungry female a [...]

  13. I m never quite sure how many US readers are still reading Donleavy, and always hoping it s than I suspect The funniest bits of this one take place while Our Newly Widowed Hero and usual Donleavy lovable bastard is working, or drinking, or getting nailed at a funeral parlour But as with all JP s novels, the ultimate effect of the novel is heartbreak, a quiet and all encompassing loneliness.That said After reading him I find it difficult not to Purloin his style Because.WhyDidn tIThinkof ThatFir [...]

  14. 1000 novels everyone must read the definitive listSelected by the Guardian s Review team and a panel of expert judges, this list includes only novels no memoirs, no short stories, no long poems from any decade and in any language Originally published in thematic supplements love, crime, comedy, family and self, state of the nation, science fiction and fantasy, war and travel they appear here for the first time in a single list.

  15. Donleavy s original and often mad stream of conciousness writing style made this novel weird and kind of wonderful Besides all the cringey euphemisms for the male anatomy I seem to remember at one point he referred to it as his FLUTE or something equally hilarious , it was a sophisticated, humourous, and often than not a really tragic story Cornelius Christian is a character you want to despise, yet your heart cannot feel anything but love for.

  16. Having read almost everything Donleavy wrote in my younger years, I am very disappointed in this book Basically, there is no plot Cornelius Christian drifts from situation to situation for no reason Some of these situations are very funny but disjointed Also the stream of consciousness writing just seems out of control I ve only got a few pages left but not sure I ll even finish it Sad for someone whose favorite book while a 20 something was The Ginger Man.

  17. You know, there must be happiness somewhere, when a lawyer dies Some people will accept nothing but a lie when you re struggling to tell the gospel truth An enjoyable novel Not as funny as I d been led to believe but certainly laughed out loud during the courtroom scene I m looking forward to listening to the song of the same name at the start of the Christmas season on November 6th.

  18. This is funny and ruffian tale about unfortunate reaching of the american dream, but it s cute because of its controversial hero He is a stranger among the familiars and familiar among the strangers

  19. I may have to give up on Mr Donleavy Nice bits here and there, sharp for a while then drags for a while, I cared about the protagonist less and less as the book rolled along, the raunch felt like raunch for its own sake instead of being an integral component Sorry.

  20. This is a really interestly written book JP uses a mix of conventional prose and un filtered stream of conciousness writing It get s difficult to read at times, but it yields some interesting views into the nature of his characters

  21. I liked this book much than The Ginger Man It was lighthearted, and also funny As someone who lives in Manhattan, it was fun reading about the city There are similarities in society as well as landmarks that existed then, and now.

  22. I was much too young for this book when I read it It wasn t so much that the sex stuff was embarrassing, but the book requires a basic sophistication that I didn t have Need to re visit this one someday.

  23. I adore the books about death and different awful things In spite of it, this book, where there are a lot of stuff about funeral service and strange minds, i don t like it at all There is no atmosphere of my favourite city.

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