The Dud Avocado

The Dud Avocado

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • ISIS Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0753163276
  • 9780753163276

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A junior sophisticate, in her tingling pursuit of people, places and upper case Experience provides a diverting first novel, which for all its purposeful naivete and scattered trivia is also deceptively clever. Wide-eyed and willing, Sally Jay begins her ambulatory amatory career ("soul searching or rather tail chasing") in Paris where first there is Teddy, a diplomat and encumbered- he has a wife and a mistress. Bypassing Teddy, for Larry, who is presumably putting on one-act avant garde plays and offers her a chance in the Theatre, she is ultimately to learn that he is engaged in some below-the-belt sidelines: he pimps, he steals her passport- and sells it to a girl he has corrupted. A fortnight with Larry, and his girl Missy, and Bax- an Outdoor Boy with few indoor ideas, is dismal- and loses her Jim Breit who had wanted to marry her. She returns to Paris- disillusioned- and then New York where Maximilian Ramage, a Hungarian photographer, retrieves her from a lonely life as a librarian, whirls her off to Japan ?? his wife.... "So green, so eternally green", this innocent abroad has her appeal and a gamine enfant-terriblism which the publishers (of Bonjour Tristesse) will do their best to extend to a wide audience. They may very well succeed; it is a disconcerting and disarming entertainment. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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