The Ginger Man

The Ginger Man First published in Paris in and originally banned in America J P Donleavy s first novel is now recognized the world over as a masterpiece and a modern classic of the highest order Set in Ireland

First published in Paris in 1955 and originally banned in America, J P Donleavy s first novel is now recognized the world over as a masterpiece and a modern classic of the highest order Set in Ireland just after World War II, The Ginger Man is J P Donleavy s wildly funny, picaresque classic novel of the misadventures of Sebastian Dangerfield, a young American ne er doFirst published in Paris in 1955 and originally banned in America, J P Donleavy s first novel is now recognized the world over as a masterpiece and a modern classic of the highest order Set in Ireland just after World War II, The Ginger Man is J P Donleavy s wildly funny, picaresque classic novel of the misadventures of Sebastian Dangerfield, a young American ne er do well studying at Trinity College in Dublin Dangerfield s appetite for women, liquor, and general roguishness is insatiable and he satisfies it with endless charm.

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  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. I d seen The Ginger Man hanging around various bookshops for years but avoided a direct encounter until recently That was probably a wise intuition as I m quite certain that Sebastian Dangerfield, the ginger man of the title, would have driven my younger self to some extreme act such as burying the book in a deep hole after the first twenty pages But if I had done that, I d have thrown away a collection of curious artefacts Donleavy s book is like the archeological site of literary Dublin and th [...]

  2. I d hazard a guess that this is one of Shane McGowan s favourite books Personally, I found the wife punching, baby smothering, lying, stealing gobshite of the title utterly charmless Reading the reviews, however, he s apparently a delightful comic rapscallion Perhaps this sort of thing was daring and bawdy back in the uptight 1950s 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 of R [...]

  3. Review The Ginger Man 28 May 2013 When you get back Kenneth, I ll walk naked wearing a green bowler to greet you at the boat With a donkey cart flying green streamers and green shamrocks imported from Czechoslovakia and a band of girl pipers blowing like mad Did you know that they imported the English sparrow into America to eat horseshit off the streets Who else, but an Irish writer, and a zany one at that, could possibly have written that It s interesting to know, however, that when The Ginger [...]

  4. Beautiful For all those 1 and 2 star reviewers on here who hated the book for its misogyny and the unpleasantness of Sebastian, I quote the following He sat there elbows on his thighs hands hanging from his wrists.Dreaming out this sunset Tacked up on a cross and looking down A cradle of passive, mystifying sorrow Flooded in tears Never be too wise to cry Or not take these things Take them Keep them safely Out of them comes love.Miss Frost stepped from the door shyly Her head a little bent and r [...]

  5. I truly enjoyed this book and I m a woman I don t know why so many people seem to be so appalled by the protagonist Sebastian Dangerfield Sure, I don t personally agree with many of Dangerfield s actions his often offensive behavior seems to be the sole reason as to why some people slam The Ginger Man I don t read literature to find examples of characters who never commit a sin, however I read selective fiction, for the most part, to be engaged in an entertaining tale Donleavy than delivered my [...]

  6. Before starting this novel, it would be helpful to review two definitions 1 Satire the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.2 Picaresque of or relating to an episodic style of fiction dealing with the adventures of a rough and dishonest but appealing hero.I started reading The Ginger Man without reviewing those principles and nearly quit in disgust Even aft [...]

  7. REVIEW Chaucer O scathful harm, condition of poverte With thirst, with cold, with hunger so confounded,To asken helpe thee shameth in thin herte,If thou non ask, so sore art thou ywoundedThat veray nede unwrappeth al thy wound hid Down and Out in Paris and DublinManning Clark talked about sex, religion and alcohol as the three great comforters In The Ginger Man , JP Donleavy seems determined to prove that you can get by with at least two sex and alcohol, if you add the occasional brawl, fist fig [...]

  8. I became aware of this book after recently reading a Hunter S Thompson biography, wherein it describes how Hunter discovered the book in New York, and did his best to imitate Dangerfield s lifestyle After reading the Ginger Man it became apparent that Hunter had at last found a hard act to follow in terms of womanising, alcohol abuse and empty promises Apparently the Ginger Man was turned down by something like 40 publishers before finding it s way to the mainly pornographic publishers Olympia P [...]

  9. How important is it for the reader to like the central protagonist of a novel Obviously if one is going to spend hundreds of pages in or around a character s head, then it is preferable to empathise with him or her However there are some books, Dostoyevsky s Notes From Underground say, where clearly we are not supposed to like the central character and yet the passion of the prose is such that we can t help but admire the work anyway.These thoughts were high in my mind as I read The Ginger Man S [...]

  10. JPD launched a storied literary career with a masterpiece in The Ginger Man Sebastian, which means venerable, is a man perpetually on the brink of utter madness brought largely upon himself He is a Trinity College Dublin man whose condition is given to staving off starvation and whose only option when things always get worse is to cheer up or die When you consider that JPD was first a painter, it s understandable that his writing style is pointillistic The syntax like Dangerfield is non traditio [...]

  11. A great big stream of consciousness slice of life book about the boozing, lazy, nasty, cruel, selfish Sebastian Dangerfield, an American in Dublin who is supposed to be studying law at Trinity but instead drinks all day, chases women and exchanges abuse with his wife.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 writing s [...]

  12. 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 an [...]

  13. Sometimes I am absolutely baffled as to why certain books are on the Modern Library Top 100 book list This is certainly one of those Sebastian Dangerfield is an American studying law at Trinity College in Dublin just after WWII, married and with a daughter, and with a serious drinking problem and a really, really bad attitude He is a 100% unredeemable character, beating and humiliating his wife and trying to smother his daughter in one of his rages He very occasionally studies or goes to his cla [...]

  14. I have to be careful when I talk about this book Especially with women Most women despise The Ginger Man Actually, what they despise is the Sebastian Dangerfield character for he is a drunken, misogynistic, lecherous scoundrel, the very kind of man they are terrified that their daughters might someday meet The open minded among them, however, appreciate the quality of Donleavy s rendering, the richness and inventiveness of the language and the out and out hilarity of the story.I love women to t [...]

  15. 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 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 of 100 that i [...]

  16. I wonder if neuroscientists will ever be able to analyse tears that contain the byproducts of great happiness and great sadness at the same time And what is such an intense feeling called Even to think of this book brings a tear to my eye, and reading it I cry buckets This horrible, loveable, picaresque hero and antihero, this moonchild of Irish imagination Wow

  17. I couldn t help but think of the fine British comedy Withnail And I while reading this Much like the dialogue in that film, Donleavy s witty, loosely constructed vignettes might be a bit disorienting at first bit they grow on you and you find yourself chuckling and especially in the bizarre stream of consciousness moments kangaroo costumes, public transportation wardrobe malfunctions The other point of reference for me was Tropic Of Cancer as the narrator is also an anti hero on uninhibited i [...]

  18. Zrzoun je po dlouh dob kn ka, kterou bych si s m sob doporu il, kdybych se neznal a potkal se v knihovn a cht l s m sebe sbalit Kniha je o ubo kovi Dangerfieldovi, kterej p ijede z Emeriky do Irska kotit irsk katoli ky a kdy odm tnou kotit, tak jim po dn nand facany, a u je st zlivej nebo opilej puntovat nudl rnu a nas vat alkoholy, to je moje V Zrzounovi to po del dob m lo vih a gr dy, styl je ujetej a svi nej a celkov nen divu, e to vy lo v Olympii, p je to jedna a ta sam verbe jako Miller neb [...]

  19. 99 on the Modern Library Board s List Published in 1955 If there s a reason people don t succeed in working through the Modern Library backwards, it s probably this The Ginger Man is a novel for no one, except perhaps sociopathic poser intellectuals who find bawdy antipathy entertaining.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 sketching of co [...]

  20. The book is described as a comic masterpiece and it s odd because when I think back to a couple events in the novel, like the toilet paper robbery and the landlord Skully knocking at his window, they seem funny The bit of amusement I felt after reading the scene about Skully at the window faded quickly But while reading the thing I laughed only once, and it wasn t something Sebastian did or said at all but part of a letter he received from his friend in America This is America and we out produce [...]

  21. She went down the steps Paused, turned, smiled Key Green door Few seconds A light goes on Shadow moves across the window Hers What sweet stuff, sweeter than all the roses Come down God and settle in my heart on this triangular Friday While reading Ginger Man I was literally mesmerised by its magically artistic language it has never occurred to me that the words could be so kinematic And also it was my first black humour trip And it was the book that made me fall in love with postmodernism for go [...]

  22. Dac vre i s v aduce i aminte de Henry Chinaski, dar unul profund irlandez, calea cea mai sigur , care nu trece prin recitirea lui Bukowski, este n aceast carte.Sebastian Dangerfield ah, ce nume este un irlandez pasionat de b utur i de futaiuri ieftine, lefter, de i n sinea lui se consider un boem n sensul bun al cuv ntului ce studiaz dreptul la Trinity n Dublin Cam sta e romanul, de altfel, mai nimic nu se nt mpl , ci este o pendulare ntre baruri i femei, ntre Dublin i Londra, ntre jecm nirea ce [...]

  23. I ve been trying to formulate a review for this for a couple of days I read it because it is on the Modern Library Top 100 Novels list otherwise I would have put it down after the infamous 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 please note this boo [...]

  24. Definitely.t my kind of book.How did this get on Modern Library s list top 100 novels Abandon after 100 pagesI tried, I really did DNF

  25. Dublin certainly went crazy in the summer of 2015 celebrating the 60th anniversary of Donleavy s first book Special forums were held at Trinity College, mere blocks away from Sebastian Dangerfield s favorite drinking establishments And Johnny Depp, who has threatened for a decade to produce a film version of The Ginger Man starring himself, was recruited to write a brief but to the point foreword to this beautiful Lilliput memorial hardback edition.So how does Donleavy s inaugural work hold up a [...]

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