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Letter Marked Personal

Letter Marked Personal
A Letter Marked Person is a portrait of a deeply flawed sycophant. Donleavy's final novel, it is full of his wit and insight. Tracing a journey from Nathan's aspirational greed to his realization of the pointlessness of his vanity, this is a poignant story of an old man at the end of his days, reflecting upon the futility of human wishes.
Our Price: €15.00
ISBN/EAN9781843516972
Stock: 6
Publisher: The Lilliput Press Ltd
Pub. Date: October 1 2019
Author: DONLEAVY, J.P.
Format: Trade PB
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A Letter Marked Personal is J.P. Donleavy's last novel, completed in 2007. Set in New York, it relates the interior monologue of forty-nine-year-old Nathan Langriesh Johnson who is the founder of a successful lingerie company. He `was one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet and had reached an age when he could take solace from the fact that he no longer had the whole wilderness of his life ahead to worry about.' Nathan began his career as a door-to-door lingerie salesman, his wares consisting of imitations of European designs. Now `a confirmed social climber', Nathan distracts himself with remembered or imagined comments by his wife, Muriel, Iowa the model, Reginald the accountant and Hal the realtor, and reminisces about the struggle before his business took off.
A letter marked `personal' arrives at Nathan's high-rise Manhattan apartment, and is opened by `the wife': his life unravels.
This portrait of a flawed sycophant is full of Donleavy's wit and insight. Tracing a journey from Nathan's aspirational greed to his realization of the pointlessness of his vanity, this is a poignant story of an old man at the end of his days, reflecting upon the futility of human wishes.
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