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The Dud Avocado : Virago Modern Classics - Elaine Dundy

The Dud Avocado

Virago Modern Classics

By: Elaine Dundy, Rachel Cooke (Introduction by)

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Published: 26th August 1993
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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

**'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

** 'A carbonated first novel that will set male readers to thinking sheepishly of plain wrappers - TIME MAGAZINE

** '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

** 'Scandalous and entertaining ... 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 from the first sentence - OBSERVER

** 'A carbonated first novel that will set male readers to thinking sheepishly of plain wrappers - TIME MAGAZINE

** '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

** 'Scandalous and entertaining ... Both funny and true - EVENING STANDARD

ISBN: 9781853815812
ISBN-10: 1853815810
Series: Virago Modern Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 26th August 1993
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 15.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1