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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly bizarre and frighteningly funny
This is an absolutely thrilling journey around Donleavy's rampant imagination. One woman's lifestory which is enough in itself but there is a constant quest to find (and use) only clean restrooms. And where that leads her? Read the book and see. I could not put this book down, laughed until I cried and the ending - absolutely totally unexpected. I cannot reccomend this...
Published on 9 Nov 2001 by chwardle@hotmail.com

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1.0 out of 5 stars A short book that feels like a long one
Never having read J.P. Donleavy before, I needed something short and entertaining to read on a quick plane journey so I got this. I was interested to find out why the guy is so famous. I am still none the wiser. I am not easily defeated by a book, but the thing about comic novels is that they're supposed to be funny; this was just 'humorous', in that I could tell that...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly bizarre and frighteningly funny, 9 Nov 2001
This review is from: The Lady Who Liked Clean Rest Rooms (Hardcover)
This is an absolutely thrilling journey around Donleavy's rampant imagination. One woman's lifestory which is enough in itself but there is a constant quest to find (and use) only clean restrooms. And where that leads her? Read the book and see. I could not put this book down, laughed until I cried and the ending - absolutely totally unexpected. I cannot reccomend this book highly enough. Buy it now!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant - but short!, 25 Mar 2001
J.P. still writes near his his best despite... (well how old is he, anyway!)
Certainly the pithiest Donleavy, I think, and that's saying something. Short and sweet - a brilliant one-night read. Leaves one less suicidal than some of his earlier work, however, which might disappoint some.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do leave is probably my favourite author, 22 Dec 2013
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So the only problem I have with this book is that it isn't long enough. It rattles along like all Donleavy and remains irreverent.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 15 Feb 2012
This review is from: The Lady Who Liked Clean Rest Rooms (Hardcover)
A beautifully crafted little story, the leading character quite different in essence from Donleavy's more usual ribald offerings, but nonetheless full of bittersweet observations. Not a long read, but most enjoyable. Recommended!
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A short book that feels like a long one, 2 Aug 2008
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This review is from: The Lady Who Liked Clean Rest Rooms (Hardcover)
Never having read J.P. Donleavy before, I needed something short and entertaining to read on a quick plane journey so I got this. I was interested to find out why the guy is so famous. I am still none the wiser. I am not easily defeated by a book, but the thing about comic novels is that they're supposed to be funny; this was just 'humorous', in that I could tell that Mr. Donleavy found the whole thing ever so rib-ticklingly amusing but he had not managed to communicate the point of it all to a mere reader like myself. A pointless fable about a woman with a supposedly-hilariously-long name, it has no apparent connection with reality; I dunno where Donleavy is getting this stuff from. The writing is incredibly stale and shoddy. The author seems to have a tin ear, with no sense of how to punctuate a sentence for comic effect, and the general impression is that it was written by someone trying to deal with a bad hangover. If you compare Donleavy's heavy jocularity to genuinely gifted comic writers like PG Wodehouse or even Douglas Adams, they are figure skaters and he's a brontosaurus.

I ended up not being able to finish it; even the inflight magazine was more fun. I regretted wasting my money on an apparent vanity project by an obviously burned-out writer. I am still mildly curious to see why he got to be famous in the first place, but not very much so.
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