The Onion Eaters
By: J.P. Donleavy
Publication Date: February 15, 2012
The Onion Eaters by J.P. Donleavy
On a cold day Clayton Claw Cleaver Clementine sets off westwards to take up residence in the vast haunted edifice of Charnel Castle. Clementine, a polite unkown unsung product of the new world and recently recovered by a miraculous cure from a long decline, alights at an empty crossroads. Standing lonely on its windswept hillside the great turrets and battlements rear in the sky …
The Onion Eaters is amongst Donleavy’s best work.
‘This is simply incredible Donleavy pushing his comedic gifts to the edges of the surreal hilarity heaped upon hilarity until the reader reels exhausted and delirious but happy. This impossibly funny novel is powerful unrelenting remedy against the madness of society and the world. I rarely end a book wanting to instantly return to the beginning but this is one time I did.’ – Customer review
‘Clementine/Donleavy carries on a “train of consciousness” poetic ramble seldom completing a sentence while cataloguing and examining the sensory overload this occasions as many odd threads make a most satisfying tapestry of decadence and dark comedy. I agree with others that this may his best work.’ – Customer review
‘The Onion Eaters is a rich and colourful extravaganza fraught with wicked acrimony and picturesque rancour.’ – Customer review
‘Bawdy, clever and pretty damn funny.’ – 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.
Watch J.P. Donleavy win the An Post Lifetime Achievement Award 2015.