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Candy Paperback – February 9, 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; 1st Grove Press ed edition (February 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802134297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802134295
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on July 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
This sexually irreverent novel by Terry Southern wouldn't have spawned a 1968 cult movie with Ewa Aulin had it not been for the catalyst that sets things in motion. Candy Christian, a beautiful girl who just happened to be born on Valentine's Day, writes a paper on Contemporary Human Love for her instructor, Professor Mephesto, saying that "to give of oneself--fully--is not merely a duty prescribed by an outmoded superstition, it is a beautiful and thrilling privilege."
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.
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By A Customer on August 29, 1996
Format: Paperback
Southern's tour-de-force follows the innocent, beautiful
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
pulsating conclusion.
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This is one of the cleverest satires I have read in a long time. In this wickedly funny and provocative novel, Candy chronicles her pursuit of normalcy when she abandons her eccentric family. What follows is a hilarious twist after another as Candy encounters doctors, sexual analysts, yoga gurus and relatives. The sexual implications and content in this novel (too explicit to describe) are thought provoking, funny and disturbing at the same time. It is no surprise that Candy was banned from various countries. Terry Southern writes with irony and unsentimental prose -- a force to be reckoned with. Are you in the bargain for a satirical and dark read? Pick up Candy!
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Having read Candide first, reading Candy was purely accidental, a fluke, or perhaps a dare, but part way into the book I recognized its inspiration, and enjoyed it immensely from then on. It is truly hysterical, as was the original Voltaire. Candy, however, includes snippets of ideas from other Classics: read it for yourself to see if you can guess each chapter's parent story. I have enrolled in a course that requires the reading of Candide - I am recommending Candy to the instructor who has never read it!
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This is the best parody yet of a woman's ability to rationalize her own behavior - no matter how absurd the circumstances. I count at least 10 taboos broken in this book. The funny/sad thing is I've actually met girls like Candy. The scene with the Hunchback is a classic, as is the shocker ending! It also seemed to me that the authors started off trying to tell a good story and (somewhere in the middle) decided to hurry up and finish. As a result, in last quarter of the book the absurdity quotient starts to increase exponentially. It would have been better to stick with the original style.
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This is a satire on sex and conventional culture of the 1950s that keeps the reader interested throughout the adventures of Candy, a beautiful young and naive blonde. Candy is struck with the Leftist ideology of giving back something to others, a kind of twisted altruism. What she has to give is herself -- in a physical sense. Her encounters run the weird gamut of hunchback, uncle, fake spiritual guru, etc. She is the typical blonde airhead who realizes that giving herself this way isn't quite what she thought it would be, since she derives considerably more pleasure than she thought from giving. But she is also charming in her naive loss of innocence. "Good grief, it's daddy!; Gosh, what about my period?; Good heavens!" And there are quite a few forbidden words in certain places. It is very funny in places and full of satire throughout. Recommended only for those who have open minds and a sense of humor and satire.
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