A Singular Man (Paperback)

Author: Donleavy, J. P.

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Mysteriously rich and desperately lonely, George Smith appears to be under attack from all quarters. His former wife and four horrible children are suing to get his money, and someone is sending him threatening letters. Despite some very elaborate precautions, he remains worried. So he builds a mausoleum in which to live.


Publisher Pgw
Mfg Part# 9780871132659
SKU 30207755
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0871132656
Release Date 1/16/2003
Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Author Info
J. P. Donleavy
The son of Irish immigrants, Donleavy was born in the Bronx, but left New York--which he called "the king of cities"--after a World War II stint as a radar operator in the U.S. Navy, to attend Trinity College in Dublin. Thereafter he lived chiefly in Europe, eventually settling on an estate in Ireland, finding America to be "a land of lies," full of "vulgarity, obscenity, and money, a country of sick hearts and bodies." He became an Irish citizen in 1967 because of that country's tax-free status for writers. He has four children from two marriages. His first novel, and the one that made him famous, was THE GINGER MAN, which was refused for publication by Scribners, even though they considered it a masterpiece, because it was supposedly unreadable and obscene.
"...I admire [his work] very much...I find that his best book is not 'The Ginger Man' but 'A Singular Man', the book where he finally got it right."
"J. P. Donleavy recreates in his novel...the mind at play, not entirely successfully. One disapproving critic has noted that his paranoid hero, Smith, wealthy, irresponsible, and totally self-indulgent, is almost perfectly a man acting out the infant's dream of omnipotence, and this is the case. The difficulty here is...the slightly underinspired character of Donleavy's prose, which nevertheless affords some remarkable passages."
From the Publisher
Annotation A novel about a wealthy and mysterious eccentric obsessed with his own death, who devotes his life to constructing a gigantic mausoleum that is so inviting he wishes to move into it.
Editors Note A reserved, lonely, and wealthy businessman falls in love with his beautiful, zany secretary
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