The Dud Avocado

The Dud Avocado

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"The Dud Avocado "follows the romantic and comedic adventures of a young American who heads overseas to conquer Paris in the late 1950s. Edith Wharton and Henry James wrote about the American girl abroad, but it was Elaine Dundy s Sally Jay Gorce who told us what she was really thinking. Charming, sexy, and hilarious, "The Dud Avocado" gained instant cult status when it was first published and it remains a timeless portrait of a woman hell-bent on living. 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). Groucho Marx "["The Dud Avocado"] is one of the best novels about growing up fast..." "-The Guardian""show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 127 x 198.12 x 15.24mm | 90.72g
  • The New York Review of Books, Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1590172329
  • 9781590172322
  • 68,076

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"Already singled out in "O" the Oprah Magazine and named an 'mover and shaker, ' this edition will...introduce a new readership to the unforgettable Sally Jay Gorce, described by one reviewer as a cross between Carrie Bradshaw and Holden Caulfield." --"Los Angeles Times" "Before Bridget Jones, deeply sweet and recklessly intimate Sally Jay Gorce trolled for love (Parisian style) in novelist (and sometime wife of theater critic Kenneth Tynan) Elaine Dundy's "The Dud Avocado," a madcap read from 1958 that's finally back in print in the United States." --"O Magazine" ""The Dud Avocado" follows a charming, if blundering, 21-year-old Missouri native, Sally Jay Gorce, who spends two postcollege years sipping Pernod on "la plus belle avenue du monde," the Champs-Elysees; staging William Saroyan and Tennessee Williams with an American theater troupe, and fumbling terribly at love." --"The New York Sun" "Think Daisy Miller with a dash of "Fear of Flying"; "My Sisshow more

About Elaine Dundy

Elaine Dundy (1921 2008) was born in New York City, and lived in Paris and London. She was married for a time to theater critic Kenneth Tynan. She wrote plays, novels, and biographies, including "Elvis and Gladys" and "Life Itself!" Her work has appeared in "The New York Times, Esquire, " and "Vogue" among other publications. Her novel, "The Dud Avocado," was re-published by NYRB Classics in 2007."show more

Customer reviews

What's more fun than discovering a book that makes you laugh out loud in the middle of the night, while you're reading it by the light of your mobile phone so you can get just one more page in? How about a book that makes you laugh, set in Paris in the 50s, about a totally outrageous girl who would have shaken Holden Caulfield by the shoulders or swung him out on the dance floor to dance some of his jitters away. Sally Jay has a streak of Holden about her though too - this is a coming of age novel, and she has her moments of midnight blue gloom. But the dialogues that burst like bubbles around her while she's in that growing up process create hilarious, nail on the head character sketches. Sally Jay's waltz through Paris surprised me with her ability to make me see the city, experiencing it with her. (Most books set "away" just make me vaguely nostalgic, even if I've never been there before). And if you've ever wondered about the back story to all those 50s and early 60s Hollywood films making fun of the beats in their basement cafes, well then, the Avocado is the book for you. Highly recommended!show more
by Julia Bryan