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AuthorElaine Dundy
LanguageEnglish
PublisherLittle, Brown Book Group
Publication Date01 December 1994
Book DescriptionTHE 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?
Editorial Review'Scandalous and entertaining ... Both funny and true EVENING STANDARD '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 'A carbonated first novel that will set male readers to thinking sheepishly of plain wrappers TIME MAGAZINE '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 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 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 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
About the AuthorElaine 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.
Number of Pages336
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