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 together with his baggage and his useless spouse. His first come upon in ny is with a funeral director, with whom he reluctantly takes employment to pay for the burial bills. during his tasks he meets the attractive Fanny Sourpuss over her millionaire husband's useless physique. besides the fact that, his over-enthusiastic dealing with of his first corpse lands him in court docket.
Cornelius Christian wanders during the nice unhappy cathedral that's big apple, reading the human situation in all its comedian pathos and lonely absurdity. even if lingering within the Automat consuming from part empty espresso cups and stealing baked beans from the plates of shoppers who go searching for ketchup, or discovering love on a road nook simply to finish up battling his approach out of a hooker's fists, Cornelius Christian, heroic anti-hero, sings of life's goodness within the wake of catastrophe. A Fairytale of latest York is the unconventional whose name encouraged the Pogues' music, mentioned as 'the top Christmas music ever'
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