By J. P. Donleavy

ISBN-10: 0871132648

ISBN-13: 9780871132642

A Fairy story of recent York is a humorous, lusty, and unhappy novel of comedian genius.

Returning from examine in another country, Cornelius Christian enters customs together with his baggage and his lifeless spouse. His first stumble upon in big apple is with a funeral director, with whom he reluctantly takes employment to pay for the burial costs. during his tasks he meets the gorgeous Fanny Sourpuss over her millionaire husband's useless physique. even if, his over-enthusiastic dealing with of his first corpse lands him in court.

Cornelius Christian wanders during the nice unhappy cathedral that's ny, interpreting the human in all its comedian pathos and lonely absurdity. no matter if lingering within the Automat consuming from part empty espresso cups and stealing baked beans from the plates of consumers who go searching for ketchup, or discovering love on a road nook basically to finish up combating his manner out of a hooker's fists, Cornelius Christian, heroic anti-hero, sings of life's goodness within the wake of catastrophe.

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These examples then lead Juvenal to characterize the ideal woman, but in the form of a neat rhetorical paradox. ), parody similar lists of positive adjectives in women’s epitaphs. She is also dehumanized by her description in animal terms, again very much like the use of animal and nature images to characterize Semonides’ ten types of women. The paradox is that this ideal woman is hard to find but, if she were found, would drive her husband to distraction by her sheer virtue and the pride this would inevitably inspire in her.

1 Cor. 15:24; Wilson and Makowski 1990, 36. 44. Giordani 1944, 219. 45. See Bloch 1991, 29–30. 46. Blamires, Pratt, and Marx 1992, 3. 47. See P. Brown 1967, 263. 48. See Clark 1991. 49. See Rogers 1966, 5. 50. See P. Brown 1988, 85. 51. F. F. Church in Scholer 1993, 200. 52. Dawson 1967, 112. Translations of Tertullian in this chapter are from Le Saint 1951. 53. P. Brown 1988, 376. Cf. Jerome Ep. 9; Adv. Iov. 1. 54. This position is argued at length in W. S. Smith 1997. Translations from Augustine’s De bono conjugali are by C.

57. See Parry [1941] 1969, 18. 58. See Hanna and Lawler 1997, 44. 59. Hanna and Lawler 1997, 51. 60. Hanna and Lawler 1997, 123. 61. Hanna and Lawler 1997, 147. 62. See the translation and essay on Boccaccio’s Corbaccio by A. Cassell (1975). 63. Kittredge 1911–12, 467. 64. Quoted in Oswald 1955, 28:28. 65. Quoted in Rice 1985, 62. 25 Tw o “In a Different Guise” roman education and greek rhetorical thought on marriage Richard Hawley c I n her excellent book Roman Marriage (1991), Susan Treggiari offers a careful survey of Greco-Roman theories concerning marriage.

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