- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (26 April 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140049002
- ISBN-13: 978-0140049008
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Destinies of Darcy Dancer, Gentleman Paperback – 26 Apr 1979
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And what else did you expect from the great Donleavy? This is one of his finest novels, brim-full of zest and life.
LISTENER: "Truly and uniquely life-affirming...an almost magically potent blend of the vulgar and the elegant, the grotesque and the lyrical, the archaic and the lewdly up-to-date.
The characters, main players, supporting cast or walk-on extras, are drawn as sharply and concisely as language permits and are totally believable. The backgrounds of rural Ireland and Dublin are very keenly observed by an eye at once that of a native and of a visitor. Mr Donleavy does not spare the Irish in his acute assessment of their ways ('...this country where treachery and deceit were invented...') but there is no malice in his writing. His use of language is exquisite and never sounds forced or over-worked. The narrative has as much detail as is needed and not a word more, but it is never thin or sparse.
The dialogue has to be read (preferably aloud) to be believed. Having lived in the West of Ireland, the speech rhythm, the syntax and word order he uses are spot-on. There is an infectious charm about the whole book and an optimism that is lacking in some of his others. Yes, there is melancholy and some sharp pain but they balance the overall frivolity to perfection.
If you read only one of Mr Donleavyy's books, make it this one.
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Full of gratuitous sex, violence drunken ribaldry, indeed it is almost a training manual for students.
It opens the door to positive thinking and instils in one that when things are really bad, they are not as bad as they are going to get, but never give up.
Learn negotiating skills, if a fist in the gob doesn't work, buy your man a drink.
Sex education, from aristocrats, whores, artists, teachers, plebean masses.
In all an excellent life changing book in which Donleavy displays true comic genius and has caused me hours of laughter.