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The dud avocado

By: Dundy, Elaine Cooke, Rachel(Introduction by)

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Part of the Virago Modern Classics series
1853815810 / 9781853815812
Paperback
26/08/1993
Stock expected by 21/04/2021
United Kingdom
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20 cm 272p.
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Reprint. Radio tie-in. Originally published: London: Gollancz, 1958.

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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FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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