“Donleavy at his best, eloquent, roguish . . . at one with his world and the terrible sadness it contains.” Newsweek
The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B
978-0-8021-3796-8 • $17.00 • Paperback • May 2001
Balthazar B is the world’s last shy, elegant young man. Born to riches in Paris, and raised by a governess, the beautiful Miss Hortense, Balthazar is shipped away to prep school in England where he is befriended by the noble but naughty Beefy. Together, Balthazar and Beefy matriculate to Trinity College, Dublin, where Balthazar reads Zoology and Beefy prepares for Holy Orders, all the while sharing amorous adventures high and low until their university careers come to an abrupt and decidedly unholy end.
“Revelatory and delightful and sometimes very poignant,” The New York Times said of this novel. “The prep school passages are wonderful, followed by one of the most perfect love affairs in modern literature. This romp of a novel is lush and lovely, bawdy and sad.”