- Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: New American Library (March 1, 1961)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451019156
- ISBN-13: 978-0451019158
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 89 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,568,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dud Avocado (Vintage Signet, D1915) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1961
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SUNDAY TIMES ** 'Both funny and true * EVENING STANDARD * **'A champagne cocktail ... Rich, invigorating, and deceptively simple to the taste ... One falls for Sally Jay Gorce from a great height... * OBSERVER *** 'As delightful and delicate an examination of how it is to be twenty and in love and in Paris as I've ever read' * 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 As delightful and delicate an examination of how it is to be twenty and in love and in Paris as I've ever read * Sunday Times * A champagne cocktail ... Rich, invigorating, and deceptively simple to the taste ... One falls for Sally Jay Gorce from a great height from the first sentence * Observer * --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Elaine Dundy was born and raised in New York. As an actress, she worked in Paris and London, where she met her husband, the late Kenneth Tynan. THE DUD AVOCADO was her semi-autobiographical first novel, based on the year she spent in Paris. She died in April 2008. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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It's not until the second half of the novel when SJ and three friends leave Paris and travel south where they encounter a film crew looking for extras that this novel actually develops a plot enough to keep the story moving forward.
I picked this up because it is a New York Review of Books edition and was recommended by NPR. So while I may not have completely enjoyed this novel, it is a good example of its time and of some of the modern literature that was being read at that time.
The September after graduation she's in Paris, trying not to look like a tourist, smoking French cigarettes and drinking Pernod. During her stay Miss Gorce manages to create a scandal that her uncle later refers to as second only to the hydrogen bomb. Highly praised by no less than Groucho Marx and other "Big Personalities" of the 1950's, Sally Jane Gorce has been called the predecessor of Bridget Jones.
The author wrote the book after failing to become a successful actress during the time of "The Angry Young Men," actors who were coming into their own in 1950's London (Richard Burton, Peter O Toole, Laurence Oliver, and many others). It is in this environment she meets Kenneth Tynan, a renown drama critic whom she marries. Settled and looking for an artistic outlet, a story comes to her, and she writes her first novel, "The Dud Avocado" (the unfortunate title chosen by Tynan).
Her book was an immediate hit, and has been praised by many prominent writers and critics through the years. It has never been out of print in England. Her unexpected success ruffled her husband, however, who warned her that if she wrote another novel he would divorce her, and they did in 1964.