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The Dud Avocado By Elaine Dundy

The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

Condition - Very Good
$16.99
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Summary

* Hugely entertaining novel of sex, lies and Americans in Paris
* Dripping with the sarcasm those Americans are not supposed to have

The Dud Avocado Summary

The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy

THE DUD AVOCADO gained instant cult status on first publication and remains a timeless portrait of a woman hellbent on living. It is, as the GUARDIAN observes, 'one of the best novels about growing up fast'.

Sally Jay Gorce is a woman with a mission. It's the 1950s, she's young, and she's in Paris. Having dyed her hair pink, she wears evening dresses in the daytime and vows to go native in a way not even the natives can manage. Embarking on an educational programme that includes an affair with a married man (which fizzles out when she realises he's single and wants to marry her); nights in cabarets and jazz clubs in the company of assorted "citizens of the world"; an entanglement with a charming psychopath; and a bit part in a film financed by a famous matador. But an education like this doesn't come cheap. Will our heroine be forced back to the States to fulfill her destiny as a librarian, or can she keep up her whirlwind Parisian existence?

The Dud Avocado Reviews

A champagne cocktail ... Rich, invigorating, and deceptively simple to the taste ... One falls for Sally Jay Gorce from a great height from the first sentence * Observer *
As delightful and delicate an examination of how it is to be twenty and in love and in Paris as I've ever read * Sunday Times *
I had to tell someone how much I enjoyed The Dud Avocado. It made me laugh, scream, and guffaw (which, incidentally, is a great name for a law firm)
For a highly likeable and amusing narrator, who throws herself into Parisian life. A cult classic to reconnect me with France and feed my love of sharp observational humour . . . a hedonistic whirlwind in Paris and the South of France, pulled along by its whip-smart American heroine, Sally Jay Gore (out of the way, Emily In Paris). This is someone I am desperate to drink Pernod with. Where life has felt so constrained, this was such a liberating read -- Emma Reed * Daily Telegraph *
**'A champagne cocktail ... Rich, invigorating, and deceptively simple to the taste ... One falls for Sally Jay Gorce from a great height from the first sentence * OBSERVER *
** 'A carbonated first novel that will set male readers to thinking sheepishly of plain wrappers * TIME MAGAZINE *
** 'As delightful and delicate an examination of how it is to be twenty and in love and in Paris as I've ever read * SUNDAY TIMES *
** 'Scandalous and entertaining ... Both funny and true * EVENING STANDARD *

About Elaine Dundy

Elaine Dundy was born and raised in New York. As an actress, she worked in Paris and London, where she met her husband, the late Kenneth Tynan. THE DUD AVOCADO was her semi-autobiographical first novel, based on the year she spent in Paris. She died in April 2008.

Additional information

GOR000380949
9781853815812
1853815810
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Little, Brown Book Group
1993-08-26
336
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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