Donleavy is a gifted storyteller, and this memoir is as vivid and entertaining as the The Ginger Man itself. Donleavy recounts the four years he spent writing this popular novel in Ireland and America, describing his real-life adventures with the likes of Gainor Stephen Crist, the model for protagonist Sebastian Dangerfield, and the infamous playwright Brendan Behan, among others. As in the novel, drinking, fighting, and sex figure prominently. Donleavy also relates his struggle to find a publisher for a book that many people by 1950s standards considered obscene. After 35 rejections he finally found success with the Olympia Press in Paris, but the affair turned into a bitter 25-year legal battle. Recommended for contemporary literature collections.