Novel by J. P. Donleavy, published in Paris in an unexpurgated edition (1955), in the U.S. in an expurgated edition (1958) and then complete (1965). The author dramatized it for London and Dublin production (1959) and U.S. publication (1961) and production (1963).
Sebastian Dangerfield, a red-headed American studying law at Trinity College, Dublin, after U.S. naval service in World War II, is living in poverty with his wife Marion and their baby because, contrary to his hopes, she receives no money from her wealthy father and because Sebastian squanders whatever cash he can get on liquor. While his friend Kenneth cannot lose his virginity, much as he tries to, Sebastian has constant affairs with women, sometimes, as with Miss Frost, their spinster roomer, to borrow funds, but mostly for fun. Marion leaves him but in time she lets him come to her, and he looks forward to temporary comfort from her and eventual inheritance from his father.
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