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The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B Paperback – May 10, 2001
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About the Author
J. P. Donleavy was born in New York City in 1926 and educated there and at Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of ten novels, including the classic The Ginger Man, A Fairy Tale of New York, and The Destinies of Darcy Dancer, Gentleman. He makes his home on the shores of Lough Owel in Ireland. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The portion devoted to Balthazar's time at Trinity reminded me of both "Lucky Jim" by Kingsley Amis, and "The Water Method Man" by John Irving. Donleavy uses the academic setting to create situations with a tremendous amount of humor and a profound sense of loneliness and alienation simultaneously.
This introduction led me to pick up four more by Donleavy. The emotion of the book stayed with me for a long time afterward.
Donleavy also moves seamlessly between rollicking, drunken adventure and Balthazar's lyrical, bittersweet loves. It is one of the few books I have ever read that have led me to both laugh out loud and cry the same way.