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Between Us Girls

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Thirty years after his death, a work that represents a turning point in Joe Orton's career is now available. Between Us Girls is a comic novel, the diary of young would-be actress Susan Hope, whose picaresque adventures lead her from life on the London stage to servitude in the white slave trade of Mexico, and ultimately to film stardom in Hollywood. Written in 1957, Betwe ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 10th 1999 by Grove Press
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David Corvine
May 22, 2013 David Corvine rated it it was ok
Very thin piece of work. If Orton was attempting to emulate Ronald Firbank then he failed. Some aspects of the plot seem to have been drawn from Evelyn Waugh's Decline and Fall. Occasional flashes of Ortonesque humour but they are sparse. Of interest to Orton scholars and those who want a lightweight campy, Carry-on style read.
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it it was ok
c1998 but written in the 50s. A short, highly improbable story that reads easily but has some cunning and cutting phrases. There really is quite a bit of humour some subtle and some not so subtle. I am sure that there are all sorts of hidden meanings that escaped me but, hey, I enjoyed the book. "I exchanged damp fingers with Jean, we all laughed with her about the merry things that villagers did, prevented MacMillan from massacring Jean's cocker spaniel and then, too exhausted with barks and sc ...more
Feb 25, 2012 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: big-white-square
I think he probably took the really good stuff out of "Between Us Girls" and used it in the plays. There's not much left to enjoy.

I thought he was very bad at putting us in London for the first part. Since everyone had the same hairdresser, I assumed we were somewhere like Leicester until there was a reference to the tube.
Sep 15, 2010 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Classic Joe Orton full of tongue in cheek humour but with what I saw as a happy ending! Loved it!
Jim Jones
Sep 18, 2016 Jim Jones rated it really liked it
A breezy and hilarious early novel by the playwright one critic described as "The Wilde of the Welfare State." Beautifully written with loads of (1950's) sex, camp, and bitchiness.
Angel Serrano
Los primeros años de la vida moderna en la Inglaterra que despierta de la II Guerra Mundial. La liberación sexual, la trata de blancas y Hollywood son el marco en que Susan Hope cambia su suerte.
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John Kingsley ("Joe") Orton was an English playwright. In a short but prolific career lasting from 1964 until his death, he shocked, outraged and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies. The adjective Ortonesque is now used to refer to something characterised by a dark but farcical cynicism.

Orton began to write plays in the early 1960s. He wrote his only novel, posthumously published a
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