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Candy Paperback – February 9, 1996
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And things go really cockeyed from there. A tryst with Manuel, the Mexican gardener, in full application of her paper, leads to the hospitalization of her father, and her voyage into the wide, weird, world. It isn't that she's missing much. Her father's a stodgy conservative businessman, her aunt Livia is a vulgar hussy who uses sexual innuendos as regularly as one blinks. However, her adventures lead her into meeting people who want nothing more than to rip the wrapper off and have a bite of that... candy. Oops! Candy, I mean. Others downright hate her. The poor girl has the best of intentions and doesn't want to rock the boat for the sake of preserving her credo, and hence lets them take advantage of her without knowing that they are.
Written as it was in 1958, I can see how it shocked America and Europe. Dr. Krankeit's assertion that self-gratification is actually healthy is a message to the repressed people of the world: "This mechanism you've contrived to keep your sexual lust a secret from the world, and from you yourself, is causing you more trouble than you realize." It makes sense--keep something bottled or under pressure for too long and KA-BLAM!! Of course, involving another party complicates things, because consent is becomes issue.Read more ›
Candy Christian as she runs sexually afoul of a whole bunch
of scheming, horny men. Since she is pure and giving, she
wants to please them, but gee whiz! Are they ever strange!
"Candy" was banned in the United States in the Fifties and
received its first publication in Paris. Southern and Mason
Hoffenburg, an American poet, admitted that they had written
the book primarily to make money, since churn-'em-up
pornography was what Olympia Press chef Maurice Girodias was
paying for. Of course, the book became so much more than a
cutesy best-seller: it was the satire of the century, throwing
wide-eyed, white-skinned Miss America into a den of the
great bugaboos of the time (including a Jewish doctor, a
hunchback, and Daddy!). Read it till its thunderous and
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HILARIOUS! - Feminists may not like it - or maybe they will - Wouldn't bet on it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Candy is an irreverent, fun, iconoclastic, salacious, piece of fiction, that I read when it was first published a very long time ago, a few years after US censorship was lifted... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan S. Tong
Terry Southern was the master of literary comedy and wrote three books that were out of this world, so funny they'd knock you out of your easy chair. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Chet Blaine
Candy Christian is an adorably cute but naïve college girl (presumably eighteen years of age, although that is never specified) who suffers from a surfeit of sophomoric idealism,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Colt
I have read this modern once considered poronographic take on Voltaire's Candide - 'This is the best of all possible worlds', - many times, beginning on its American publication... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bill Baker