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Elaine Dundy (1921–2008)

Forfatter af The Dud Avocado

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Writer Elaine Dundy was born in New York City in 1921. She studied acting at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. After graduating, she moved to Europe and lived in Paris and later London. She married legendary critic Kenneth Tynan in 1951 and they divorced in 1964. She worked as an actress with only vis mere moderate success and Tynan suggested she try writing a novel. The end result was The Dud Avocado published in 1958. She wrote two more novels and a couple of plays before focusing on biography in 1980. Her other works include Finch, Bloody Finch; Elvis and Gladys; Ferriday, Louisiana; and Life Itself! She died because of a heart attack on May 1, 2008. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Værker af Elaine Dundy

The Dud Avocado (1958) 1,411 eksemplarer
The Old Man and Me (1964) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver298 eksemplarer
Elvis and Gladys (1985) 45 eksemplarer
Life Itself! (2001) 32 eksemplarer
Ferriday, Louisiana (1991) 10 eksemplarer
The injured party (1974) 3 eksemplarer
My Place 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Season of Migration to the North (1966) — Oversætter, nogle udgaver1,674 eksemplarer
I'll Never Be Young Again (1932) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver374 eksemplarer
The Virago Book of Wanderlust and Dreams (1998) — Bidragyder — 36 eksemplarer

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Kanonisk navn
Dundy, Elaine
Andre navne
Brimberg, Elaine Rita (birth)
Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, California, USA
New York, New York, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
London, England, UK
Paris, France
Los Angeles, California, USA
Sweet Briar College
short story writer
Tynan, Kenneth (husband)
Tynan, Tracy (daughter)
Kort biografi
At the end of World War II, Elaine Dundy went to live in Paris before settling in London. In 1951, she married the critic Kenneth Tynan; they divorced in 1964. She became a novelist and short story writer, as well as a writer for the BBC's satirical show That Was the Week That Was. She went back to living in New York and wrote for The New York Times.



Elaine Dundy i Virago Modern Classics (januar 2014)


Sous les pont de Paris! This had so many funny one-liners and I was constantly taking photos of the things that Sally Jay Gorce would say. She reminded me of Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's, but I kept picturing her as Grace Kelly. I picked this up because it is one of Greta Gerwig's favorite novels of all time. I found it to be quite enjoyable, but I had a few problems with it. I did want Sally and Larry to get together, that is until you find out he's a complete... never mind, no spoilers.

The main problem I had with the novel was the plot. It seems to be going in a specific direction, towards a specific romance, but it does the unexpected, and I think it doesn't work. The best part of the book was the characters and the one-liners, if it weren't for these two things, I would have given it 2 stars.
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tayswift1477 | 37 andre anmeldelser | May 15, 2024 |
Young Sally Jay Gorce is spending two, wild, carefree years in Paris at her uncle’s expense. Sally Jay is spoiled, self-absorbed, oversexed, and not a little stupid. While in Paris, Sally Jay knowingly dabbles in acting and unknowingly dabbles in prostitution. Ultimately disillusioned with France, Sally Jay returns to the U.S. to settle for life as a library shelver before predictably getting married.

This is one of those books I thought I was never going to finish—I resorted to constantly flipping ahead just to see how many more pages I had to endure just to get to the next chapter.

There are a few entertaining zingers and some humorous observations sprinkled erratically throughout the book, but—for the most part—it is just tedious and annoying.

Sally Jay spends all of her time making nasty, snarky comments about everyone she meets, while men incessantly point out what is wrong with her as they attempt (most successfully) to get in her pants.

Sally Jay is so clueless and gullible she never actually realizes what is really going on around her until it gets spelled out for her. She is also nauseatingly predictable. Combine Sally Jay’s idiocy with all of the male chauvinism (women automatically do all the cooking and cleaning up for the pompously helpless menfolk!) and all you have is an agonizingly dull reading experience that drags on and on and never seems to end.

If that sounds like your cup of tea, go for it! Personally, I rue the day the misleading, offbeat title ever caught my eye.
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BlueReading | 37 andre anmeldelser | May 3, 2024 |

"I sat down and tried to read, but I couldn't. After ten pages I was in a state of cold fury. Read! I didn't want to read, it was just a substitute for living" (141).In the modern mid-century, a young American girl goes to live abroad, in Paris, France, to presumably live and have an Adventure. And so Sally Jay Gorce goes on one. To some people this kind of adventure seems unrealistically romantic, but the afterword by the author leads me to believe that many of the stories themselves were based on her own. It’s quite a trip.

The heroine has a rich uncle benefactor, natch. And a sad elusive childhood, of course. She arrives in Paris and lands herself an Italian diplomat lover. She then falls into unrequited love with a fellow American she knows from home. There is another American, a painter, who provides quiet steadiness when love with the Italian goes sour. She is also the object of desire of a rugged and grounded Canadian. While all this sorts itself out, there are plenty of cafes and wild drinking, outlandish characters and frenemies. She even has a job, kind of, acting in a local theatre. It’s the romantic life we all wish we once lived when we had youth and beauty. The punchline is one last wild adventure that leads to an epiphany and concludes with safe and happy resolution (spoiler: marriage).

This story is not one I can relate to much: kind of old school, and reeks of Americans abroad in its heyday. That said, it’s a good yarn. It did have a slow start where I was becoming acquainted with the language and scene. And then I got into the rhythm and it swept me along. I felt very much like poor Judy, a sickly American unable or unknowledgeable how to live Sally Jay’s bold and carefree existence and must settle for the stories Sally Jay brings back to her in gossipy detail (this is also a great device well employed by Dundy). The last third whipped through pretty brilliantly and I was simply charmed. (And of course, at a personal level, I relished in the librarian-as-reoccuring-nightmare bit.)

"...the Ancient always began a table. It was his one dignity. He would come into the Select and sit down, and the table would start growing around him with friends and acquaintances. Even though he knew all the people there already, he never joined a table. When he arrived they moved over to him and that was that. So it was always his table" (82).

"Now here's the heavy iron. So I went back to New York to become a librarian. To actually *seek* out this thing I've been fleeing all my life. And (here it comes): a librarian is just not that easy to become" (236).

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mimo | 37 andre anmeldelser | Dec 18, 2023 |
A genuinely fun read about the relationship between a young American woman and a middle-aged englishman. The range of passions is wide, the outcome always in question, but the prose, the dialogue, frees one to enjoy oneself thoroughly.
TomMcGreevy | 18 andre anmeldelser | Sep 29, 2023 |



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