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  • Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: NYRB Classics (5. Juni 2007)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1590172329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590172322
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 1,6 x 20,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 187.420 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“Basically, if you were to set Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady near the Sorbonne, untangle the sentences and add more slapstick, sex and champagne cocktails, you’re getting close.” - Rosecrans Baldwin, NPR's "All Things Considered"

"Already singled out in O the Oprah Magazine and named an Amazon.com 'mover and shaker,' this edition will...introduce a new readership to the unforgettable Sally Jay Gorce, described by one reviewer as a cross between Carrie Bradshaw and Holden Caulfield." --Los Angeles Times

 

"Before Bridget Jones, deeply sweet and recklessly intimate Sally Jay Gorce trolled for love (Parisian style) in novelist (and sometime wife of theater critic Kenneth Tynan) Elaine Dundy's The Dud Avocado, a madcap read from 1958 that's finally back in print in the United States." --O Magazine

 

"The Dud Avocado follows a charming, if blundering, 21-year-old Missouri native, Sally Jay Gorce, who spends two postcollege years sipping Pernod on "la plus belle avenue du monde," the Champs-Élysées; staging William Saroyan and Tennessee Williams with an American theater troupe, and fumbling terribly at love." --The New York Sun

 

"Think Daisy Miller with a dash of Fear of Flying; My Sister Eileen with a soupçon of Sex and the City; Anita Loos crossed with Allen Ginsberg." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

"Now, this favorite has been re-issued yet again, with a gorgeous black and white nude on the cover. Fair enough, for here is a book primarily about sex and style...few writers ever soared so high and so delightfully." --Los Angeles Times

 

"The Dud Avocado opens with our beautiful and hapless heroine--imagine the panache of Holly Golightly crossed with the naive knowingness of Holden Caulfield--wandering one September morning through Paris in an evening dress." --Boston Globe

 

"Elaine Dundy's semi-autobiographical novel The Dud Avocado, which follows the romantic escapades of Sally Jay Gorce--an irrepressible young woman seeking adventure in '50s Paris--contains a lot of what makes fiction fun: charm, wit, and devastatingly sharp insights." --Very Short List

 

"The gayest and most cheerful novel about Americans in Paris I have read...a dazzling performance--as light as a champagne bubble, as continuously attention-getting as a juggler keeping seven swords in the air at the same time." --The New York Times

 

"Take one zippy, curious, 21-year-old American named Sally Jay, just out of college. Drop her in the middle of Paris' Left Bank. Add an Italian diplomat, an American theatrical director , a couple of painters and a white slave trader. Mix until all bubbles. The result: a delightful few hours of sparkling reading entertainment. Summing up: Froth and frolic." --Newsweek

 

"Delightful...her portrait of the Left Bank expatriates is caustically funny." --Time

 

"A champagne cockail...rich, invigorating, and deceptively simple to the taste...One falls for Sally Jay from a great height from the first sentence." --The Observer

 

"A first-rate reporter, [Dundy] has made The Dud Avocado into a Baedeker of neo-Bohemiahe...the atmosphere of a French student café; the folkways of hobohemia; the accents of the International Set-all these Miss Dundy has captured with sill and a degree of wit." --The New York Times Book Review

 

"A cheerfully uninhibited...variation on the theme of the Innocents Abroad...Miss Dundy comes up with fresh and spirited comedy...Her novel is enormous fun-sparklingly written, genuinely youthful in spirit, and exquisitely gay." --The Atlantic

 

"Elaine Dundy writes a sprightly novel to bring us up to date on the American girl from across the street who goes to Paris looking for Life and Love. Her book is sad and tender, bubbling with fun, spiced with insight...The Dud Avocado is satiric, mostly true, and decidedly sexy...The writing is sharp." --New York Herald Tribune

 

"[W]itticisms that crackle from every page." --Indianapolis Star

 

"One of the funniest books I've ever read; it should be subtitled Daisy Miller's Revenge." --Gore Vidal

"American goes to some big city with dreams of conquest, hilarity ensues. Dundy’s 1958 novel (which had a huge fan in Groucho Marx) is pretty much the best and funniest example of that whole genre." —Jason Diamond, Flavorwire

Synopsis

THE DUD AVOCADO gained instant cult status on first publication and remains a timeless portrait of a woman hellbent on living. It is, as the GUARDIAN observes, 'one of the best novels about growing up fast'. Sally Jay Gorce is a woman with a mission. It's the 1950s, she's young, and she's in Paris. Having dyed her hair pink, she wears evening dresses in the daytime and vows to go native in a way not even the natives can manage. Embarking on an educational programme that includes an affair with a married man (which fizzles out when she realises he's single and wants to marry her); nights in cabarets and jazz clubs in the company of assorted "citizens of the world"; an entanglement with a charming psychopath; and a bit part in a film financed by a famous matador. But an education like this doesn't come cheap. Will our heroine be forced back to the States to fulfill her destiny as a librarian, or can she keep up her whirlwind Parisian existence? -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Habe es sehr genossen dieses Buch zu lesen.
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Spass, Humor und Leichtigkeit sind wichtige Teile des Lebens.
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36 von 40 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
Yay, yay for Sally Jay! 21. August 2003
Von Megami - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
The narrator of this story, Sally Jay, seems to have a lot in common with that other literary single-girl (pre-Bushnell days) Holly Golightly. She manages to combine innocence and world-weariness, rolling with her situation, no matter how chaotic it becomes. If anything, Sally Jay is Holly's older, slightly tougher sister. A young woman who has been running away all her life, gets the chance to run away to Paris thanks to an avuncular uncle, and lives a pink-haired bohemian existence, trying to experience life to the full - affairs with older men, hanging out with artists, nights at the Ritz followed by dingy student cafes. In the odd beginning chapter (it feels like you have missed an introductory chapter, and it takes awhile before you feel like you know what is going on) she meets a boy/man she has always had a crush on, and her chaotic life becomes even messier. One of her descriptions of him - `I didn't know anyone he'd actually been wrong about - except of course me, but then as we know I am totally incomprehensible to everyone including myself' is shown by the end to be sadly true.
This is a well-written book - cleverly hiding its sinister elements in the light and deft descriptions Sally Jay gives of her life. You feel that sometimes she is trying to kid herself and the reader that really, everything's going to be all right. This is a genuinely entertaining read that still manages to encompass some big themes - the search for happiness and acceptance; making priorities in life; disillusionment and what it can do to temperament. Sally Jay is sure to stay with this reader for a long time.
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A funny, witty book with a rare spirit 2. Oktober 1997
Von ramona.liberoff@kpmg.co.uk - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
It isn't often that you can read something which qualifies as both a modern feminist classic and makes you laugh out loud. I loved the descriptions of early 20-th century Paris, could sympathise with the heroine's cads and catastrophes. This is a book to read if you want to walk on the bohemian side. For anyone who's ever walked around in evening dress the morning after.
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A hilarious 1958 book about Americans in Bohemian Paris 12. September 1998
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Elaine Dundy's book will have you laughing out loud at protagonist Sally Jay Gorce's Parisian misadventures. From the first page, Sally Jay's intelligent, somewhat addled but wildly sarcastic voice entices the reader as she relates her exploits as a young American actress in Paris, complete with stories of drunken carousing, falling in and out of love, dancing in gay bars, dining with aristocrats, coldly sizing up her spoiled Ivy League expatriate friends, and losing her passport along with her temper, among other madcap doings. Just goes to show that, 40 years ago, (who knew?) Americans in Paris were drinking, smoking, sleeping around, staying out all night and hankering for new experiences. This well-written, very entertaining book will be a real eye-opener for readers who think that America in the 1950s was populated exclusively with straight-laced, Ozzie-and-Harriet types.
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What Once was Dazzling is Now Lackluster 14. Januar 2009
Von R. Crane - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Dud Avocado was published more than 50 years ago to much acclaim, and then apparently, it vanished from view. Over the years it was re-published only to fade again. The Preface by Terry Teachout explains all this, and by the way, this is the most tepid introduction to a book. Reading it makes you not want to read the book. Question to author, why on earth would you permit such a Preface in YOUR book?

Fifty years ago the adventures of Sally Jay Gorce, the heroine, would have dazzled the reader. After all, this was pre-Women's Lib, pre-birth control pill and everything else that revolutionized women's place in society in the 1970's. Here was a daring young woman--only 18 years old--living in Paris on her own, and experimenting with Life in an uninhibited way. Of course this included taking lovers, in fact starting with a married Italian diplomat who also had a mistress. No social mores bounded her. Whatever she wanted she got, whatever she chose to dress (pre-hippie era) she wore. All this in an era so repressed that TVs in America would not show married couples sharing a bed.

To a repressive society of 1950's America, this heroine was unique. She embodied the spirit and guts to do things that most women would not even verbalize. No wonder this book was so successful. It was a herald of things to come, though no one knew the extent of those changing values. When Society's values changed and women were able to live free unrepressed lives, to younger generations, the adventures of the Dud Avocado's heroine would not have struck that same chord.

Ms.Teachout warns us in the Preface that if we do not find this book hilarious, then we have no sense of humor. It is not hilarious by today's standards. It is poignant in places and filled with insights. But funny? Not really.

The heroine is reminiscent of Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany's) or even in today's terms, Bridget Jones. But in today's terms, this book offers nothing new. It is a "been there, done that" experience that is very dated, and dare I say, boring?

In the last chapter, the author herself tries to analyze why this book keeps getting re-published. It is a mystery to me. It belongs on some College List of must-read books about an era before Feminism, but it lacks what is appealing for a generation 50+ years later.
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a gift 4. Januar 2002
Von "southwest-cookie" - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Years ago, I came across this book at Blackwell's bookshop in Oxford and absolutly devoured it. I let my mother borrow it, an aunt, several friends and then lost my copy in the mix of it all. Since I was then living in NYC, it was impossible to come by a copy so I ended up buying about 10 copies and giving them as gifts to friends over the years. Dundy's prose isn't remarkable, but her youthful expression, her ways of seeing the artistic world surrounding her, the blissful madness of a young twenty-year-old alone in Paris all make this a tresure. Find a copy. Share it.
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