A Singular Man (Spanish) Paperback – 27 Jan 1983
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JP Donleavy writes of the exploits of Dangerfield (an intolerable character if ever there was one) and this is one of the novels major flaws - it's a single, narrow corridor with a few vanity mirrors on either side and room for about four badly draw character portraits on either side. Basically, it gets boring! Dangerfield is a scoundrel, and his character is witty, but he's no Oscar Wilde I'm afraid (even if he is irish) and his repetitive adventures get tedious and tiresome.
Another aspect that simply embodies both tedium and self-indulgance is the written style. It's kind of stream of consciousness/modernism, and, although I'm bias I tend not to like that sort of thing anyways, this makes it really annoying and confusing to read. One could say the same about a few novels (Ulysses/Mrs Dalloway) but these are good, and have THEMES and IDEAS and are INTERESTING. This novel has/is non of the above.
And so, of you like books monopolised by singular characters and over-rated wit, pray buy this and you'll surely enjoy it. But for everyone else, I suggest stick to other Irish wunderkinder - Joyce/Wilde. Or just watch Withnail and I, you'll be better for it!
however, caution any woman against it as the treatment of the females unfortunate enough to fall into the orbit of Dangerfield is insensitive,
grotesque and cruel.