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"In this, in a way a sequel to her classic The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy's young and sexy American heroine, named (excellently) Honey Flood this time, parks herself in London, hellbent on sleeping and conniving and boozing her way to the top. She's angry, ambitious, vixenish, Holly Golightly crossed with Kingsley Amis' Lucky Jim...I'm not sure who's claiming to have invented chick lit these days; but maybe Dundy should raise an arm, except that she's so murderously fierce." --Los Angeles Times

“Here was no one else quite like her. She introduced a whole style, the freed American girl landing on old Europe, starting in Paris and moving on to London. She collected a lot of very interesting friends...She had a lot of reality that was far more interesting than fiction.” –Gore Vidal


“It’s a terrific job—fierce, gamey, vixenish . . . as if it was bled not written. . . . Definitely demonic, exquisitely carved, deadly murderous comedy.”
—Dawn Powell, The Washington Post 

“The surprises here are delicious...Brilliant, weirdly original, hilarious.” –Irwin Shaw

“This story of an Anglo-American liaison dangereuse is both truly horrible and horribly funny.” –Christopher Isherwod

“As full of wry charm as The Dud Avocado.” –Doris Lessing

The Old Man and Me is a witty black comedy of manners as seen through the eyes of Dundy’s finest creation, a hipster Daisy Miller, who shows us how each girl kills the thing she love-hates, or very nearly. A splendid, destructive work.” —Gore Vidal

The Old Man and Me again finds an American woman, Honey Flood, in Europe–this time London–amid a tangle of relationships which have brought about her murderous intent. It is a glimpse of a vanished world, a city which did not require a fortune if one were to carouse, an suffer, in its more pleasant quarters.” –Times (London)

About the Author

Elaine Dundy (1921–2008) grew up in New York City and Long Island. After graduating from Sweet Briar College in 1943 she worked as an actress in Paris and, later, London, where she met her future husband, the theater critic Kenneth Tynan. Dundy wrote three novels, The Dud Avocado (1958), The Old Man and Me (1964), and The Injured Party (1974); a play, My Place (produced in 1962); biographies of Elvis Presley and the actor Peter Finch; a study of Ferriday, Louisiana; and a memoir, Life Itself!

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Product Details

  • Series: New York Review Books Classics
  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590173171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590173176
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ilprofessore on October 9, 2012
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Edmund Wilson once said of his good friend, Dawn Powell, that the reason her books were not more popular was because she insisted on making fun of all those very serious women who bought and read novels. If anyone deserves to wear the mantle of Powell, it is Dundy. Now almost forgotten, and unjustifiably so, Dundy's first two brilliant novels cast a cold-eye on the American girl abroad with her voracious appetite for culture, sex, culture and sex, plus an occasional bit of social climbing. If Henry James had a sense of humor he might have written as she does. In the introduction to this edition, Dundy states that she wanted to do what the Angry Young Men of England of the 1960s were doing, and, in that fashion, she surely succeeded in being one of the first of the Angry Young Women--hellbent at exposing all the smug bourgeois hypocrisies, follies, pretensions, and corruptions around her. One can easily be brutal about foreigners, and Dundy certainly demolishes the English, but she is just as critical about the sort of over-educated and over-sexed young American woman she must have been herself. It is all very funny. The language just rolls and rolls, dazzling us with her insight and wit. A first-rate talent, sadly neglected when the names of the best and brightest of her generation are named.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Dow, Novelist: UNBRIDLED HOLIDAY on Amazon on January 30, 2010
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This book is gripping, well written, and has an undercurrent of creepiness which keeps it compelling. The author's intro helps put the story and setting into context which added to my appreciation of the book. I'm itching to read more from Dundy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Fidanza on March 30, 2010
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The Old Man and Me follows the adventures of an american girl in London. But not just an ordinary girl, and not just ordinary adventures. For Honey Flood has come to London with a very specific purpose in mind! And boy, isn't it fun to find what it's all about.
Elaine Dundy sure knew how to create quirky heroines... Cheers to that!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brittan Salisbury on June 8, 2011
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I really loved this book and the delightful heroine Honey Flood. I thought the relationship she had with CD to be entertaining and I loved Elaine Dundy's take on London which has such a different attitude from her other book, The Dud Avocado. I love books which are satirical about society as well as a little sassy and I think this book truly fit the bill.

The novel wasn't perfect for me. Though I can't place my finger on it. It could be because I was in school, but I couldn't get through the book very quickly. Also, there was some slang and cultural references I couldn't understand which puzzled me occasionally. At the same time, this did add to the fun of the novel at times... so take that as you will, i suppose. haha.

Check out this book though! I love this author!
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