The Ginger Man

gingerJ.P. Donleavy:

First Sentence:     Today a rare sun of spring.

Back of the book:

Feckless, unwashed, charming, penurious Sebastian Balfe Dangerfield, Trinity College Law student, Irish American with an English Accent, maroon in the ould country and dreaming of dollars and ready women, stumbles from the public house to the pawnbrokers, murmuring delusive enticements in the ear of any girl who’ll listen, in delirious search of freedom, wealth, and the recognition he feels is his due. Lyrical and ribald, illuminating, poignant and hugely entertaining, The Ginger Man is a work of authentic comic genius.

Quotes from the book:

Cap set square to deceive beggars and his one eye, a wet gem seeking out the sign which pointed the road to the limbo of the living, the deep carpeted womb of the idle rich.

“Her hair lay athwart in clean strands on his body and for the next silent minute he was the sanest man on earth, bled of his seed, rid of his mind.”

‘Would you say Tone that there is no end to it? Would you say that now?’

‘Jesus I would and I haven’t even got a spare bullet for the gun.’

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Last Sentence:     God’s mercy

                                  On the wild

                                  Ginger Man.

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