The Dud Avocado, Paperback
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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?




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The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy; (1 1/2*)I don't think I can really review this book. There are those who have compared the protagonist to Miss Holly Golightly of Truman Copote's Breakfast at Tiffany's (which I loved) but I did not find her so. It is quirky and funny but I think I would have to be in a different mind-set to enjoy it. Suffice it to say that as of this reading, I found the title to be quite an appropriate description for my thoughts and feelings on this one.

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"I was a long way from St Louis. My past was receding a little too rapidly." Funny, witty, perfect feel for Americans and others in Bohemian Paris in the 1950s.

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