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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 83

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 24, 1968
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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 24, 1968-FJ J , Lush And Lovely Donleavy Novel His Best Since 'The Ginger Man' nnouncmg Book Reviews MODEL OPENING (C) N.Y.Time Mewl Service THE BKASTLY BEATI-TUJKS OK BALTHAZAR I! . b .1 1' Donlfavv. t Seymour Lawrence Dclacorte. !)' .KV YORK - 'Ik' was born in Paris in a big white house on a little square oil Avenue Foeh 01 a mother blond and beautilul and a la-iher quiet and rich. His nanme wheeled him daily in a hith blue pram on pebbled paihs under the tall trees. And as May branches were pressing out their green tips et new leaves he was taken on this warm sunnv dav across the river, through portals, a courtyard and under musty military Hags. And there in a godmothers arms with salt pressed on his lips and a cold iitisli ol water on the skull, he egeecy THIS JU. the sun room oil the vestibule I crawled. And reached through wooden bars to tug at plants sitting on their white gleaming pedestals. And touched where a Chinaman lished lorever in the river, to make him move. And he stayed the same. Like the cuddling kisses rocking arms I knew ..." So begins James Patrick Donleavy's lush and lovely, and bawdy, and sad. new novel, his best since his first, the lamed "The Ginger Man."' published in Paris 13 years ago. In lour books of fiction Club apartments ON LAKE WORTH Helen Hayes Writes Legacy From Artist To Theater-Goer 'The Ginger Man." "A Singular Man." "The Saddest Summer of Samuel S" and "Meet My Maker The Mad Molecule" i stories' J. P. Donleavy has tread the delicate and hazardous line between anger and hilarity. His roguishly heroic antiheroes the ginger man. George Danger-lield, is the prototype have defended their independent identities with wit. guile, lust and sometimes savagery against societies at once rigid and absurd, and bent on their destruction. In the end. these intrepids have been ambushed by society or. at best, it is a stand-off. And in retrospect, it has been their own rigidity of stance, as much as society's subversion, that has cornered them. But Balthazar B. is stronger than George Dangerfield. He is luckier, perhaps, mellower, more likable: he is also a good deai more flexible. Able to accommodate his environment, he is forced to accommodate it less. He retains more of his own than George Dangerfield could, and with far less bitterness. It is his upbringing, perhaps, that makes the difference those opening passages are idyllic as well as his loving nannie, his boisterous Uncle Edouard. his "chunky stalwart" friend. Beefy, and the various girls they conspire to charm, singly and together. With Beefy, young Balthazar attends an English boarding school. And from England, these two set off for Ireland and an education at Donleavy's own Trinity College. 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Looking back on her own quick rise to stardom, she finds that success "came too early, and too quickly." She recalls herself at 20 as an actress whose voice was too shrill, manner of speaking too slow, and quality of performances inconsistent. She recalls also the kindness and help of older members of the theater and laments that young actresses today do not have the kind of help she was given, even to the extent of having plays written especially for her by wildly successful playwrights. She laments, too, that this is "the day of instant genius. Everybody starts at the top, and then has the problem of staying there." Yet she feels that "lasting accomplishment, however, is still achieved through a long, slow climb and self discipline." There are many wise words for ambitious young people in every field in this book, along with dozens of delightful anecdotes about Miss Hayes' life on and off stage including her marriage to and life with playwright Charles MacAr-thur. 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