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The Old Man and Me (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback – June 16, 2009
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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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Elaine Dundy sure knew how to create quirky heroines... Cheers to that!
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!
The Old Man and Me is referenced in The Allure of Nymphets about what the author Elaine Dundy wrote on this topic. In the novel, C.D., Honey's fifty-six-year-old love interest, reminded the teleiophile about the bonus of age-discrepant couple being seen together.
CD said,"Think of all the attention you're getting. There. Doesn't that make you happy?"
Furthermore, unless a female is a celebrity or some other equivalent, that level of attention (e.g. stares, whispers, etc.)could rarely be garnered on her own accord.