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A singular country
Donleavy, J. P. (James Patrick), 1926-
Publication Information:
New York : Norton, 1990.

Physical Description:
198 pages ; 24 cm
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DA959.1 .D66 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Author Notes

J. P. Donleavy was born James Patrick Donleavy Jr. in Brooklyn, New York on April 23, 1926. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he studied microbiology at Trinity College in Dublin. His first novel, The Ginger Man, was published in 1955. His other novels included A Singular Man, The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B., The Onion Eaters, A Fairy Tale of New York, The Lady Who Liked Clean Rest Rooms, Wrong Information Is Being Given Out at Princeton, and The Destinies of Darcy Dancer, Gentleman. He also wrote nonfiction books including The Unexpurgated Code: A Complete Manual of Survival and Manners and plays including The Beastly Beatitudes. He was an accomplished painter and had exhibitions on both sides of the Atlantic, including a show at the National Arts Club in Manhattan in 2007. He died from a stroke on September 11, 2017 at the age of 91.

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Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

``It is now time to get it firmly established in your mind that Ireland is more upper cruster pukka than you think.'' So begins this entertaining excursion into the untrammeled opinions of Donleavy, the Bronx-born Irish author of The Ginger Man , A Singular Man et al. With bawdy humor, Donleavy, in this idiosyncratic sketch of his adopted homeland, takes aim at indigenous ``yuppies,'' nouveau riche American tourists and other material and philosophical invaders of Gaelic tranquility. The targets range from the Anglo-Saxon-Irish ascendancy, whose ``pasha Squire'' descendants allow paying guests into their crumbling estates, to real estate entrepreneurs, whom he sees as scarring the Irish landscape with crass bungalows. Comic, perceptive, rich in anecdotes, this picture will unsettle some readers, but the accompanying photographs by Patrick Prendergast confirm that Ireland's ancient beauty lives on. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Having published a novel about an unpleasant protagonist, A Singular Man, and a largely autobiographical memoir of his adopted country, J.P. Donleavy's Ireland, the author adds an unpleasant book about the nation. For more than a century people have attempted to indentify ``The Irish Problem.'' For Donleavy, the problem is everything but himself: the poor, the middle class, the wealthy; old architecture and new housing; tourism and lack of tourism; religion and too much religion; copulation and not enough copulation. That Ireland fails to meet Donleavy's exacting standards will surprise no one. What those standards are may interest only the most dedicated Donleavy readers.-- John P. Harrington, Cooper Union, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.