Wrong Information Is Being Given Out at Princeton

Wrong Information Is Being Given Out at Princeton

by J. P. Donleavy

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ISBN-13: 9781843512783
Publisher: Lilliput Press, Limited, The
Publication date: 02/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 338
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James Patrick (AKA, Mike) Donleavy was born in New York in 1926, both parents having immigrated from Ireland. After serving in the Navy in W.W.II, Donleavy travelled to Dublin to study at Trinity College. A central figure in Dublin's postwar creative Bohemia, Donleavy was first a painter and gave several local shows but was snubbed trying to gain entry into the London gallery scene, being told he would have to be famous in order to have his work shown. Donleavy vowed to get famous but decided to do so with typewriter and paper rather than brush and canvas. Donleavy's first novel, The Ginger Man, did indeed make him famous, but it took years to complete and years more to get published, many would-be publishers praising its artistic qualities but fearing legal and moral backlash for its (at the time) explicit sexual content. Donleavy finally found a willing publisher in Paris - Maurice Girodias, whose Olympia Press had published other "extreme" authors, such as Henry Miller and Samuel Beckett. Unknown to Donleavy at the time, Girodias also published a series of pornographic fiction called The Traveler's Companion Series. When the authorities began to crack down on Girodias, he decided to gain needed "artistic merit" for his racy and profitable sideline business by publishing The Ginger Man - already having gotten some favorable critical notice before publication - as part of The Traveler's Companion Series and not in the format of his other literary writers. To save his credibility as an author and save The Ginger Man from death by association with porn, Donleavy arranged for a UK edition to be published, even agreeing to expurgate the work (the one and only time any Donleavy work has been altered to avert censorship) in order to gain legitimacy. The years of legal battles with Girodias over rights to The Ginger Man that ensued are chronicled in Donleavy's autobiography The History of the Ginger Man. Donleavy is an accomplished playwright, several of his stories being adapted for the stage and being performed by major companies in the US and Europe. Today, Donleavy continues his prolific writing career and shows no signs of retiring. He still paints and has major shows from time to time. Now an Irish citizen, Donleavy lives in an historic mansion called Levington Park, in County Westmeath, near Mullingar.

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Wrong Information Is Being Given Out at Princeton 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SallyApollon on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Overall Score: 7 out of 10Literary StyleI am familiar with Donleavy¿s style from other novels of his, so I know what to expect and I have to say that I really like his ¿stream-of-consciousness¿ style of narrative. I find it so much like life¿like the contents of my own head, sometimes; with constant interruptions and sudden changes. Life is not as orderly as grammar and I like the ungrammatical quirkiness. I think it brings atmosphere and adds emotion and urgency to the text. He is often writing in present tense too¿so that speeds up the pace and makes everything seem immediate. I also enjoy his use of alliteration and the richness of description¿it¿s very sensory and I think it serves the purpose of putting you smack in the middle of a scene.ThemesLife-purpose.Alfonso Stephen O'Kelly'O known as Stephen, has little to recommend him as a prospect for a husband. One time-gunner, now a struggling composer, he almost accidentally marries Sylvia Triumphington. This is the basis for our plot. His musical ability is not hugely emphasized, but it does become apparent that he has considerable talent, if lacking somewhat in motivation & drive. I have always had difficulty relating to people who don¿t apparently work for a living, so I find the cast of characters in this book interesting for this reason alone. Having been a naval gunner his purpose has been de-railed somewhat¿and he¿s evidently struggling with life as normal again after the war. To me, all the main characters seem somewhat adrift. Stephen know he wants to be a composer, but has little ability to make it happen. Sylvia wants to be a dancer, but is too distracted by her search for her mother (for herself?). And, of course, with the fortune her family owns there¿s really no need for Sylvia to DO anything. Stephen¿s friend¿(?forgot name) with the Bentley seems detached from reality too, until it slaps him upside the head in the shape of alimony-jail¿in which case he simply can¿t deal and checks out. It seems to me that it takes the death of his friend, a random stranger at the bus station and Sylvia before Stephen has the epiphany he needs to focus him¿neatly his luck starts to play in at this point (largely thanks to Sylvia) and his composing starts to pay off, as his love life prospects are also looking up. Love-lust.I think the entire book goes by before Stephen begins to understand anything about love. He¿s almost a victim of his own¿and others passions and (like most men would) rides the tide while it is in his favor. Even in the midst of his passionate affair with Dru & when his marriage is going well he still has something of the ¿lost soul¿ about him, he seems incapable of giving and receiving love as I understand it. He fails to communicate his real feelings at opportune moments and therefore often seems to be bumbling around on the periphery.This also is shown to be the impetus for violence in many episodes¿the knife wielding boyfriend of the opera singer and the sex-scenes with Sylvia¿where she chooses sadistic-masochistic actions. I¿ve had little personal experience of these; but it is true that many violent crimes spring out of crimes of passion¿so I don¿t think it¿s especially unrealistic. Having said that I think any degree of violence is (pardon the pun) destructive to a healthy, loving relationship¿and I think that¿s in evidence in this novel.Money.There is untold wealth and abject poverty on ugly display¿each is shown to be as destructive as the other in different ways. Money can make you cold and unsympathetic, as in the case of Sylvia¿s Father. The scene at his club is a thorough humiliation for Stephen. The lack thereof can make you bitter and mean¿as in the case of Sylvia¿s biological mother. This brought about devastation to Sylvia¿who Stephen was sadly unable to reach emotionally. (Did he try hard enough, I ask myself?) It can be a buffer against reality (as shown by Dru & Stephen¿s friend), but if that is your
Hagelstein on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Unemployed composer, Navy veteran, and Rudolph Valentino look-alike Alphonso Stephen O'Kelly'O brushes shoulders with extreme wealth, and poverty, in New York City in the years after WWII. Stephen and some of the lost souls he meets either thrive or are battered by the city. Both humorous and poignant in turns.