A Fairy Tale of New York Themes

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Most of Donleavy's novels flush out the quintessential theme of The Ginger Man, existence rendered absurd by the awareness of death. In this book Christian begins as a sympathetic character bereaved at losing his wife on the crossing and landing alone in a city that can be counted on to bury her. He seems overwhelmed by Helen's death and at one point wishes that he himself were dead. His concern for Helen's death recalls his and his brother's being orphans in this very city, so the character seems literally surrounded by thoughts of death. He takes what may be the worst possible job for someone so obsessed, as a functionary in a funeral establishment — in part to pay the debt incurred in burying Helen.

His brief tenure as a mortician ends with his first venture into embalming, when the inevitable conflict between his cynicism and the sentimentality associated...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
A Fairy Tale of New York from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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