By J. P. Donleavy
A Fairy story of recent York is a humorous, lusty, and unhappy novel of comedian genius.
Returning from learn in a foreign country, Cornelius Christian enters customs along with his baggage and his useless spouse. His first stumble upon in long island is with a funeral director, with whom he reluctantly takes employment to pay for the burial costs. during his tasks he meets the attractive Fanny Sourpuss over her millionaire husband's useless physique. even though, his over-enthusiastic dealing with of his first corpse lands him in court.
Cornelius Christian wanders during the nice unhappy cathedral that's long island, analyzing the human situation in all its comedian pathos and lonely absurdity. even if lingering within the Automat ingesting from part empty espresso cups and stealing baked beans from the plates of shoppers who go searching for ketchup, or discovering love on a highway nook basically to finish up struggling with his method 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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Even the television set participated in the family’s humility, but prayer was short and soon the door would be reopened. There was no escape except to escape from all the possibilities of noise and illness, and to search for silence. The girl stopped sharing meals with her siblings, as these meals involved more screaming than food. She started eating alone, then sleeping alone in the living room, because the screaming followed the sisters into the bedroom. Later, her father built a wall between her bed and the guests, since the guests had even louder voices than her siblings.
After she put them on, she found a hole in the pants near the left knee. On the way to the mosque, she bought a bottle of cola with a red ribbon on it. The liquid inside it was black, or closer to black than to any other color around her. She continued on her way, holding the bottle in her right hand and hiding the hole in her pants with her left. She was the last to arrive at the square of the mosque. When she got there, she found that the mother had fainted and had been taken to an ambulance parked out back, so she headed in that direction.
The girl would get out of the car and start regaining her sense of walking again after the continuous sitting of their travels. Her feet were weak and so the wind passing through the courtyard turned her stride into gentle swaying. It rocked her left and right, back and forth, until she reached the front step. Beside the step were the father’s old shoes, which had arrived ahead of her. While she removed her own shoes and shoved her feet into the father’s, the wind picked up again and fiddled with the olive leaves that had been heaped in a big pile by the family that had come to harvest the olives.
A Fairy-Tale of New York by J. P. Donleavy