Books: Unblushing Bloom

THE GINGER MAN (327 pp.)—

J. P. Donleavy — McDowell, Obolensky ($3.95).

The Blooms that flower in the spring publishing season have everything to do with this case. The first of the species, planted by James Joyce, was Leopold Bloom, the Dublin space salesman who flourished in Ulysses. Because of the things that went on inside Bloom's head, writing has not been quite the same again; since he had his big, long, exhausting day, something called the interior monologue has rattled around inside many an emptier head. The latest victim of the idea that anything and everything goes, especially on paper, is an...

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