A Fairy Tale of New York is a funny, lusty, and sad novel of comic genius. Returning from study abroad, Cornelius Christian enters customs with his luggage and his dead wife. His first encounter in New York is with a funeral director, with whom he reluctantly takes employment to pay for the burial expenses. In the course of his duties he meets the beautiful Fanny Sourpuss over her millionaire husband's dead body. However, his over-enthusiastic handling of his first corpse lands him in court. Cornelius Christian wanders through the great sad cathedral that is New York, examining the human condition in all its comic pathos and lonely absurdity. Whether lingering in the Automat drinking from half empty coffee cups and stealing baked beans from the plates of customers who go looking for ketchup, or finding love on a street corner only to end up fighting his way out of a hooker's fists, Cornelius Christian, heroic anti-hero, sings of life's goodness in the wake of disaster.
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Title: A Fairy Tale of New York
Author(s): James Patrick Donleavy
ISBN: 0-910278-15-6 / 978-0-910278-15-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Availability: Amazon UK
March 1975 : UK Paperback
October 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition