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Book Title: The Onion Eaters|
The author of the book: J.P. Donleavy
ISBN 13: 9780440366430
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 24.43 MB
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Reader ratings: 3.3
Edition: Dell Publishing Company
Date of issue: June 1st 1975
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“A cold misty rain descends streaking the windows down an empty shopping street. The university baleful behind its great iron gates, a light in the porter’s lodge, a faint yellow beacon at the end of a street where the massive porticoes of the bank shelter lurking figures on this barren Saturday afternoon.
Two orange beaked swans paddling up stream under an iron foot bridge arching over a river’s sour green waters. At a black door up three stone steps this grey coated gaunt figure looks east and west along the quays. To the slate roof tops and chimney pots puffing smoke over the city. Where a shaft of sunlight spreads, glistens and disappears.”
Language is J.P. Donleavy’s luxuriant palette and he writes a book as though he paints a picture.
Onion eater is an antonym of lotus-eater and the characters of the novel live in a dilapidated castle enjoying bitterness and penury as if they live on an exotic tropical island. The Onion Eaters is a rich and colourful extravaganza fraught with wicked acrimony and picturesque rancour.
“Voices saying goodbye. Feet moving down the hall. Steps down the stairs. Shutters closed. Battened down. Lie here. Not so much in sorrow or self inflicted bitterness. But just ready for another Tuesday. To say to everyone. Pardon my disfigurement. Wrought by the constant fear of snake bite blast and bullfight. And a double robbery recently of pieces of arse. One elegant the other low slung.”
Bitterness turns sweet with sexual freedom galore…
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Read information about the authorJames Patrick Donleavy was an Irish American author, born to Irish immigrants. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II after which he moved to Ireland. In 1946 he began studies at Trinity College, Dublin, but left before taking a degree. He was first published in the Dublin literary periodical, Envoy.
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