The Dud Avocado
The Dud Avocado follows the romantic and comedic adventures of a young American who heads overseas to conquer Paris in the late 1950s. Edith Wharton and Henry James wrote about the American girl abroad, but it was Elaine Dundy’s Sally Jay Gorce who told us what she was really thinking. Charming,... show more
The Dud Avocado follows the romantic and comedic adventures of a young American who heads overseas to conquer Paris in the late 1950s. Edith Wharton and Henry James wrote about the American girl abroad, but it was Elaine Dundy’s Sally Jay Gorce who told us what she was really thinking. Charming, sexy, and hilarious, The Dud Avocado gained instant cult status when it was first published and it remains a timeless portrait of a woman hell-bent on living.“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"[The Dud Avocado] is one of the best novels about growing up fast..." -The Guardian
Publish date: 5 czerwca 2007
Pages no: 280
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, 20th Century
, Coming Of Age
“It’s amazing how right you can be sometimes be about a person you don’t know; it’s only the people you do know who confuse you.” Where have you been hiding all these years, Sally Jay Gorce? How is it that a sixty-year-old novel with a quirky name, a novel I've never even heard of before, has been ...
A wonderful character. Sally Jay Gorce is complex, sexy, observant and very funny. A little Holly Golightly, a little Bridget Jones, but a tougher, more nuanced version. Paris and the 50s in a whole new light.
I read this in bursts until the second half. It's a Shakespearean comedy with all the fun being in the journey to that end. The writing is amazing in places (mostly Paris, cough) and it's a charming view of a different time and place.
I tried to read this book several times over the last two years, leaving it beside my bedside. Yet I could never get past the first twenty pages or so. In many ways, for a "classic," it is very much a contemporary novel: told in first person, more about character and place than plot, self-absorbed. ...
the dud avocado reads like a witty woman's take on the sun also rises, with the pink-haired protagonist sally jay gorce, an often silly struggling ingenue, going to parties, falling in love, and trying to find herself in paris in the fifties. eventually, she goes on a road trip to spain where she en...
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