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The Recently Deflowered Girl: The Right Thing to Say on Every Dubious Occasion Hardcover – November 10, 2009
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About the Author
Edward St. John Gorey (1925–2000), gave to the world over one hundred works, including The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Doubtful Guest, and The Wuggly Ump; prize-winning set and costume designs for innumerable theater productions from Cape Cod to Broadway; and a remarkable number of illustrations in publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Times. Gorey's masterful pen-and-ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humor have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world.
Mel Juffe was an editor, writer, correspondent, and teacher at the New York Journal-American, the New York Post, Radio Free Europe, and New York University.
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Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, every page presents you with a dilemma centering around deflowerment, which usually encounters some kind of problem: blind dates, marimba players, at a doctor's office, at a gypsy seance, after a wedding (not by your hubby), during a whodunnit by a Chinese detective, in a Moroccan harem, by a famous crooner, after eating possibly drugged lychee nuts, by an old friend of your family, by a complete stranger, in a Parisian dive in front of all the patrons, and so on.
In every situation, the person who "takes flower" presents you with a somewhat awkward response after the fact -- refusing to tell you their name, debunking an alibi, the revelation that Things Aren't What They Seem, the awkwardness of using the elevator the remark that your parents are in the next room, the return of your husband while you're having sex with the bellboy, et cetera. Sometimes these are absurd, sometimes they are all too likely.
Fortunately, Miss Hyacinthe Phipps has advice for each of these scenarios -- she provides a witty and appropriate quote for each scenario ("How did your wife get HER parents' consent?") and a little nugget of wisdom afterwards ("Your sorority can probably arrange for a later curfew by applying directly to the Dean of Women") which usually ignores basic post-flower awkwardness or embarrassment, and focuses on the real issue at hand.Read more ›
And it is thusly that Gorey's plaintive yet tender pen & ink portrayals of the moment of consequence, preceeding either disaster or recovery, best serves. Mel Juffe's advice can be worth memorizing too, as his wise words may come in handy when one feels all is about to be lost, that being deflowered of dignity can be best salvaged not by incredulity, but by a swift, delicate, yet diplomatic, reframing of the moment. A refreshing little volume, and rewarding collaboration.
-- G. Emil, [...]
Seriously, a short book, as many of his works are, Edward Gorey once again delivers. Book was in perfect condition, and filled with horribly understated images and utterly flat prose. A perfect work of art.
Thus when you meet up with the caddish marimba player at a tea dance after the event and inform him your parents won't allow you to marry him, only to be greeted by "That's all right, baby. I've been happily married for years", the deflowered girl is advised to ask how the wife got HER parents' consent. For as Miss Hyacinthe Phypps notes, "it is wise to learn how other girls got theirs".
Moderately amusing but for me not a must-buy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this was a gift and he recipient said tat she spent the tome reading the book and laughing quite a lot.Published 11 months ago by Me
"Offbeat humor" is a perfect description. Worth adding to my small collection of Gory's books. Not good for someone's first introduction. Wonderfully dry and unsentimental.Published 20 months ago by cris
I should've looked at how many pages there were beforehand, honestly I thought the book was going to be longer or even with 48 pages, more words in it, but I admit I'm new to... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Webert Joseph
Perfect book to give your nieces going off to college or just graduating high school. Silly and witty at the same time.Published on December 24, 2013 by Gritty Kitty
I bought this as a Christmas present for my future daughter-in-law, LOL! But I couldn't help sneaking a quick peek first! Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by DJ
Love the oddness of the topic and artwork. The book is very small. If you're an Edward Gorey fan you will love this.Published on May 12, 2013 by aMapola