The Dud Avocado (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback – 2007
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I enjoyed the first third of the book when I found Sally Jay's silly and immoral lifestyle somewhat interesting, but as the book wore on, it became a chore to finish. She's a pretty unlikable (if not odious) character, sounding more like forty or fifty than twenty, and the way she just floats from adventure to adventure seemed not only irresponsible and pointless, but sad.
I can assume this was quite shocking when it was published in 1958, but by now it's all been done before and better by the likes of Bridget Jones. I found "Dud" relentlessly tedious.
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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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... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2002
I have recently re-read this book - I read it many years ago and had forgotten how good it was. It was wonderful to find it again. Read morePublished on May 2 2000 by MRS M E COOLEY