“A triumph of comic writing . . . no contemporary writer is better than Donleavy at his best.” The New Yorker
The Ginger Man
978-0-8021-4466-9 • $16.00 • Paperback • July 2010
“Sebastian Dangerfield [is] one of the most outrageous scoundrels of contemporary fiction, a whoring, boozing young wastrel.” Time
Banned in the United States on its original appearance, J. P. Donleavy’s first novel has gone on to be internationally recognized as a masterpiece. Now marking sixty years since its first publication in Paris, it remains a witty, irresistible modern classic. Set in Ireland just after World War II, The Ginger Man is a wildly funny, picaresque story of the misadventures of Sebastian Dangerfield, a young American ne’er-do-well studying at Trinity College in Dublin. He barely has time for his studies as he avoids bill collectors, makes love to almost anything in a skirt, and tries to survive without having to descend into the bottomless pit of steady work. Dangerfield’s appetite for women, liquor, and general roguishness is insatiableand he satisfies it with endless charm.