The Destinies of Darcy Dancer, Gentleman
By: J.P. Donleavy
Publication Date: 2013
The Destinies of Darcy Dancer, Gentleman by J.P. Donleavy
The Destinies of Darcy Dancer, Gentleman introduces us to the semi-orphaned, semi-legitimate heir to the crumbling Andromeda Park in the lush beauty of the Irish country-side. Darcy Dancer is raised by aging servants, tutored in basic skills by lovelorn Mr. Arlan, in hell-raising by incorrigible Foxy Slattery, and in love by his astutely aristocratic housekeeper, Miss von B. He grows up a complete gentleman only to be rudely cast out of his ancestral home, forced to seek his fortune among berserk fox hunters, destitute noblemen, lusty bohemian ladies, and shameless gamblers- to discover that his destiny, like his birth, rides on the 100-to-1 shot, and the sheer luck of a fast horse galloping against all odds to roistering victory! His future is disastrous, his present indecent, his past divine. He is Darcy Dancer.
‘Racy … Raunchy’ – Cleveland Plain Dealer
‘A 20th Century Barry Lyndon.’ – Chicago Tribune
‘This fielding unbuttoned by Henry Miller … wenching, boozing, brawling … A delightful romp.’ – Los Angeles Times
‘Irresistible … uproarious … scenes leap off the page.’ – The New Yorker
‘An Irish Tom Jones.’ – Booklist
‘A rollicking mix of adventure, hardship, and coincidence … vivid, extraordinary characters and their boisterous hijinks … amusing, bawdy … entertaining.’ – Houston Chronicle
‘JP Donleavy may well be the most hilarious writer on the planet. Darcy Dancer is a Bildungsroman about the coming of age of a young, educated member of the landed gentry in Ireland.’ – Customer review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J.P. ‘Mike’ Donleavy (1926–2017) wrote more than twenty books after The Ginger Man, including The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B (1968), A Fairy Tale of New York (1973), The Onion Eaters (1971) and Schultz (1979) (all available as eBooks from Lilliput), along with several works of non-fiction such as The Unexpurgated Code: A Complete Manual of Survival and Manners (1975). He lived along the shores of Lough Owel near Mullingar in County Westmeath.