By J. P. Donleavy
J. P. Donleavy has been writing now for forty-five years and, as he admits, a solution to the query why is ‘ tricky to dig out of a protracted past’. but over those pages he author’s question is basically responded for him: he has written lots for therefore lengthy simply because he writes so rather well. From the banks of the Seine to the streets of the Bronx, from the stables of the Dublin Horse convey to cocktails at Claridge’s, we're transported by way of those accumulated brief items into the singular and lively global of J. P. Donleavy. Bringing an uncommonly aim but affectionate eye to his writings on his personal birthplace, the US, balancing unabashed adoration with good-humoured bewilderment in his depiction of his heart’s domestic, eire, the writer offers us with a clean, attractive vista that can basically be his personal. even if reviewing a publication on sexual workouts for ladies or harking back to Yeats, the provoke is unmistakably Donleavy’s.
The preliminary e-book of those items in a number of newspapers and journals worldwide gave the writer specific excitement simply because he knew that he may succeed in those who weren't regularly publication readers. besides the fact that, he admits that the destiny of so much periodicals and newspapers is for use to ‘wrap fish, preserve vagrants hot and aid gentle fires’. Books, however, ‘preserve their pages larger among covers’, and with their book the following he hopes that ‘these items individually written over those decades can now preserve one another company’. An writer and His photo deals a accomplished assessment of 1 of the main unique and incisive voices of the final half-century.
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Because it's in their interest that this should be so; it's an unwritten law, and their very existence hangs on it. * When you have had a silly idea and felt that it was silly, don't be in haste to throw it on the scrap heap. It lived its little hour. How could that be? Let's stop and think. * "Love" consists in feeling that, against one's will, one has made over to another what was intended only for oneself. * You never know who it is you are sleeping with. * Meditation of the supremely beautiful, truly seductive woman: "I've often noticed that hardly any man comes near me without feeling he gets a sort of right over me, and develop ing a kind of proprietary jealousy.
The meeting. Suppose two men running away from each other and un aware that the world is round were suddenly to find them- ANALECTS selves face to face, at the antipodes of their starting place— what a strange fluke this would seem to be! We find the same thing happening in our dealings with our worst enemies. In the structure of the Time through which life moves are curves leading imperceptibly from the impossible to the real, from the unthinkable to the achieved. VI Powers of the gaze A curious give-and-take begins when glance meets glance.
You set out to make a certain book? "Well," I ask, "have you made it? What were you aiming at? "Were you aspiring to scale the heights or to gain material rewards: pecuniary success or a feather in your cap? Or perhaps you had a less obvious purpose; perhaps you wished to appeal only to a few of your acquaintances, or even to a single one whom you hoped to 'get at' by the detour of a published work ? "Whom did you want to entertain? Whom did you want to beguile, to rival, to madden with envy; whose mind to preoccupy, and whose nights to haunt?
An Author and His Image: The Collected Short Pieces by J. P. Donleavy