The Unexpurgated Code
By: J.P. Donleavy
Publication Date: 2012
The Unexpurgated Code by J.P. Donleavy
With the world a harsh and cruel place and an enemy out to get you if he can, courtesy will not make you rich overnight but by degrees it makes others feel good and this in turn will make you feel even etter … With more and more folk from the wrong side of the tracks, it is important to make more room at the bottom. ‘The Unexpurgated Code‘ takes plain folk through the useful rules of social climbing.
If you’ve never read Donleavy you’ll be hilariously fascinated as his libertine ways cross the boundaries of Irish society. His characters assault the sensibilities of Irish people while remaining goofily unaware of their impact upon them. Read this and then start on the other Donleavy books. They’ll get you through a long cold winter, warmed from guffawing in your favorite lounge seat.’ – Customer review
‘Profane and very funny.’ – Customer review
‘Sublime comedy from an expatriate in Ireland.’ – Customer review
‘J.P. Donleavy’s manual for social climbers is the most amusingly cynical book I’ve ever read. Though addressed to the modern parvenu, the author uses pseudo-18th century language to satirize social pretensions, instructing the reader on how to behave in every context, what to wear, what home to inhabit, how to deal with neighbors, whom to flatter and whom to disdain.’ – 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.