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The Dud Avocado #2020

The Dud Avocado The Dud Avocado follows the romantic and comedic adventures of a young American who heads overseas to conquer Paris in the late s Edith Wharton and Henry James wrote about the American girl abroad

  • Title: The Dud Avocado
  • Author: Elaine Dundy Rachel Cooke Lucienne Day
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  • Page: 236
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Dud Avocado By Elaine Dundy Rachel Cooke Lucienne Day, 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 fiThe 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

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    1. where have you been you look as if you ve just got out of bed I have I just got out of the bed of some Frenchman It s the 50 s and American Sally Jay Gorce is young, attractive, slightly disorganised and ever so keen to come to Paris on the wealth of her Uncle, to have a bloody good time And doesn t she just Although it s not all plain sailing for this seductive temptress Dying her hair pink, she struts around town in her failed outfits stubbornly dividing them into three looks Tyrolean Peasant, [...]

    2. If you take the stone of an avocado, Stefan rhapsodizes, and put it in water just plain water in just three months, anywhere, any place in the world, up comes a sturdy little plant of green leaves.Ah, the familiar story line, the recurring fantasy quit the American life take a change of underwear and a toothbrush and expatriate yourself Anywhere will do But, usually, Paris.Once upon a time, Sally Jay Gorce kept running away from home Trouble usually followed, without any consequences or remorse [...]

    3. American Innocents abroad, but the most adorable iteration of it I ve ever read This oozes charm out every pore, or would if books were porous objects which I suppose paper is, isn t it I don t know Anyway, this is another one of those why haven t people read this books This is absolutely the perfect coming of age discovering the self novel for college age and twenty somethings to read It s wish fulfillment that starts at fantasy and almost ends at reality but not for this champagne and bubbles [...]

    4. Everything I hadn t expected it to be The faux memoirs of a literate version of Paris Hilton adventuring in exotic Paris for two years, financed by her sugar uncle Her escapades involve getting into acting, falling in love at first sight, and becoming the mistress of French monsieurs It s all terribly outrageous, sassy and hilarious according to the jubilant foreword and the extensive praise Except that in reality sad echoes of Sex The City predominate The quasi sophisticated heroine blabbers o [...]

    5. I was prepared to give this a slightly lower rating has got me thinking in stars until the last forty or so pages, which are fabulous, probably perfect How often can you say that There s a description of a martini I had to write down Well, okay, here it is We had dry martinis great wing shaped glasses of perfumed fire, tangy as the early morning air Maybe I m an alcoholic, but doesn t that sound great Plus it s set off in its own paragraph This story of a fun loving gal s year in 1950 s Paris is [...]

    6. This delightful confection about a young girl, Sally Jay Gorce, in Paris has the kind of timeless voice that one can imagine sounding piquant and fresh in just about any decade of the last century, right up until today Sally Jay has a closetful of designer clothes that she bought on sale but always seems to find herself wearing the wrong thing like a cocktail dress in the daytime or a rumpled, layered schoolgirl look while trying to intimidate a consular officer at the U.S Embassy I can sympathi [...]

    7. The Dud Avocado is like a haphazard cross between F Scott Fitzgerald and Henry Miller, although funnier than Fitzgerald and less philosophical than Miller It has young broke but not poor white people bumming around Europe, and when the plot isn t happening there are a lot of descriptions of the artistic milieu of Paris and the random debauched nightlife I thought the heroine, Sally Jay Gorce, was kind of ridiculous, but I wasn t bothered by that or anything else because this book is HILARIOUS So [...]

    8. Let s see An American girl on her own in Paris during the 1950s Sounds pretty cut and dried, doesn t it Except, in this case, it isn t Elaine Dundy and her character, Sally Jay Gorce, are originals It s far too easy to write one of those la la here we are in Paris books, but difficult to recognize that wherever you go, there you are Getting to that you is like trying to figure out how to eat an avocado if you ve never seen one before Just bite into it through the skin, and it s ptui Bite down t [...]

    9. If navel gazing were a sport, Elaine Dundy would win olympic gold In this pointless pseudo novel actually a memoir , which reads like A Moveable Feast crossed with Sex and the City yet somehow managing to surpass both in banality and narcissism , a young American expatriate in Paris deals with such vital problems as if I could only figure out if it was Larry I was in love with, or just love and the worry that she s too much of a stereotypical tourist and then wondering if her worrying is itself [...]

    10. And then one day, one memorable day in the early evening, I stumbled across the Champs lys es I know it seems crazy to say, but before I actually stepped onto it, I had not been aware of its existence No, I swear it All at once I found myself standing there gazing down that enchanted boulevard in the blue, blue, evening Everything seemed to fall into place Here was all the gaiety and glory and sparkle I knew was going to be life if I could just grasp it I began floating down those Elysian Fields [...]

    11. I didn t care much for this book, in fact I didn t finish it It wasn t terrible, just kinda boring when it was billed as being funny I m surprised it has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity Not that great, but as usual, I copied some things I liked from it I really liked this line about people who are trying too hard to be different or radical They were most of them so violently individualistic as to be practically interchangeable And this one about thinking you know people close to you It s amaz [...]

    12. The Dud Avocado chronicles the adventures of Sally Jay Gorce, an American bon vivant living in Paris pink hair a married Italian lover once ran away to become a bull fighter A delightful cross between Breakfast at Tiffany s and A Moveable Feast I can t believe this progressive novel was written in the fifties.

    13. You know, these American girls are just like avocados A hard center with the tender meat all wrapped up in a shiny casing If someone were to describe this book to me I would definitely find it appealing 1950s Parisian setting a young American girl experiencing freedom for the first time, falling in and out of love, arms wide open to adventure The cover is great the title is funny and memorable it has a classic but slightly hipster provenance it all added up to high reading hopes Sadly, it just d [...]

    14. Charming and evanescent, Elaine Dundy s novel of the madcap adventures of a young expatriate in Paris is a whirligig of a book Imagine an unsentimental version of Audrey Hepburn, intelligent but a bit ditzy, toss in a healthy dollop of sexual and romantic hijinks and deliver it in a rollicking voice that is never less than fresh and you will begin to get a sense of what it s like to read The Dud Avocado It s charming from page one, and just when you think that the book is nothing but verbal char [...]

    15. Sally Jay Gorce is a young American tourist trying to conquer Paris in the late 1950 s Often compared to Edith Wharton and Henry James who both wrote about American girls abroad, the Dud Avocado is a romantic and comedic adventure unlike anything I ve read before A novel that gained cult status quickly, this is a quirky story of a woman hell bent on really living.This is really a hard novel to review, simply because I don t want to give people too many expectations or spoil the plot in any way T [...]

    16. Elaine Dundy knows how to capture a scene The parts of the book where something is actually happening work like gangbusters The dialogue is clever but realistic The details are pertinent but also hilarious Most of the first chapter is a really long scene between the narrator and her new crush as they chat at a Paris caf If you are anything like me, this scene will pull you in And you ll assume that the rest of the book will continue in this fashion But the book has other plans Every so often the [...]

    17. I bought this on the street for 3 I m really mystified, though I was totally sure that I d read a glowing review of it by Emily Gould some time ago, but the internet is hiding it from me or something Does anyone know what I m talking about Was it not Emily but someone else I mean, someone put it in my head that this was one to grab, I didn t just make it up Anyways Super terrifically swell It s a story of a twenty something gal in Paris in the fifties being sexy and young and silly and frivolous [...]

    18. My apologies to anyone who liked this book, but I couldn t stand it It reads like a grating mix of Sex in the City, modernist stream of consciousness prose, Dickens, Sybil the book movie about dissociative identity disorder , something by Thomas Pynchon, Breakfast at Tiffany s, and the Real Housewives all on ADHD, and in Paris a few decades ago That should be awesome, but it wasn t Again, so sorry, normally I am a very generous and open reader, and I desperately wanted to love this book, but I f [...]

    19. How can you not love a novel in which a man wears a suit made of pool table cloth In the first chapter, the narrator, Sally Jay Gorce, remarks You know how it is Some people can hack and hack away at you and nothing happens at all and then someone else just touches you lightly on the arm and you comes, I mean that s what happened I came Wowza

    20. I picked this one up per Terry Teachout s recommendation he s the drama critic for the Wall Street Journal, and also wrote an excellent biography of H.L Mencken This is a favorite of his, and I certainly wasn t disappointed you d be hard pressed to find a better light reading experience It s an innocent abroad story Sally Jay Gorce travels to Paris, pursues acting, loses her virginity, and does all the funny things you d expect an inexperience girl to do in a foreign city It s laugh out loud fun [...]

    21. Another book from the low end of the Keith Law 102 and one that, if I was judging by its cover, I was unlikely to have ever read Indeed, between the tastefully posed naked woman on the front and the blurb hearkening to Tropic of Cancer one of the worst books I ve ever read on the back, had I picked it up I would not have given it a shot And that would have been my loss, because this is a hilarious story of an American girl s blunders through Paris in the 50s.It s always a surprise to me when I f [...]

    22. the dud avocado reads like a witty woman s take on the sun also rises, with the pink haired protagonist sally jay gorce, an often silly struggling ingenue, going to parties, falling in love, and trying to find herself in paris in the fifties eventually, she goes on a road trip to spain where she ends up as an extra on a bullfighter movie, and partying some unfortunately, for me the book began to drag while she was there, and i found the ending was rushed, grafted on, and out of sync with the re [...]

    23. Elaine Dundy is sort of an American Colette There s even a bit with a cat.The precocious young American girl in Paris has certainly been done before but our heroine Sally Jay has a lot self awareness than the typical innocent abroad and at the same time she still manages to get herself into all kinds of amusingly compromising situations Dundy can give one or two details about a character which are so spot on that you immediately feel like you ve met this person I certainly recognized many of my [...]

    24. This is a pretty good novel dealing with a very young girl making her mark romantically in Paris during the late 50 s Elaine Dundy s background is quite interesting She was married to theater critic icon Kenneth Tynan as well as wriing a much admired biography on Elvis and his mother.I met her briefly during a reading for The Dud Avocado, and she sort of strikes me a a Louise Brooks type of character Super book smart, lived a great life, and sexy.

    25. Sally Jay is a class act riotously funny Definitely a book NOT to be read in public you will laugh, scream and guffaw just as Groucho Marx did Sally Jay Gorce, with her pink hair and distressing clothes problem, is a riot To unleash this girl on an unsuspecting Paris is a cruel and unusual punishment those poor Parisians This is a must read 4.5

    26. Oh man, why don t we read this instead of Catcher in the Rye It should be that famous Too much sex talk, lesbians, and liberated women I guess And while I wouldn t like the narrator if I could meet her in person, I really valued being shown somebody so different from myself And the writing Why don t we read this instead of Hemingway I ask you I d take this over 1000 old fishermen.

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