Discovering Buechner’s Godric

A delightful post about Frederick Buechner’s novel, Godric, has introduced me to a writer I did not know and a book I think I will enjoy. Its period accords with Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxon poetry (The Wanderer and The Seafarer) that I have been enjoying so much this year.

The fragment that Christy (A Shelf of One’s Own) quotes of the narrator, “puddling my way home like a drowned man from dark Wear with my ballocks shriveled to beansize in their sack,” reminds me a lot of an author I once read compulsively, J. P. Donleavy. Sadly, Donleavy is little read today.