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The Perfect Stranger

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Section 9 of this book originally appeared in "Transatlantic Review".

The Early years of poet P.J. Kavanagh's life - which took him froma Butlin's Holiday Camp to Switzerland and Paris, to a battlefield in Korea, to Oxford and Barcelona and finally to Java - made little sense to him, until "Something extraordinary happened": his meeting with Sally, "the perfect stranger".

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Paperback, Third impression October 1986, 182 pages
Published 1986 by Flamingo (Fontana Paperbacks)London. Collins Publishing (first published 1966)
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Kate
"The early years of poet P.J. Kavanagh's life -- which took him from a Butlin's Holiday Camp to Switzerland and Paris, to a battlefield in Korea, to Oxford and Barcelona, and finally to Java -- made little sense to him, until 'something extraordinary happened': his meeting with Sally, 'the perfect stranger'.

This tender, funny and quite unsentimental record of the uniqueness of human love is as much a celebration of joy -- despite its abrupt and shocking conclusion -- as it is a poet's tribute of
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Lois Tuffield
I was told that this book is a 'must' for anybody who grew up in the sixties - a book, like On The Road, that is 'cult' for that era. I was disappointed. The actual story, the love story that is described on the cover, doesn't really start until the last quarter of the book. It's a memoir, a genre which I like, but it doesn't do a lot for me.
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P.J. (Patrick Joseph) Kavanagh is an English poet, lecturer, actor, broadcaster and columnist.
[not to be confused with the Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...]
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