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The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
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it was amazing
bookshelves: nyrb-classics

I was prepared to give this a slightly lower rating (goodreads has got me thinking in stars) until the last forty or so pages, which are fabulous, probably perfect. How often can you say that? There's a description of a martini I had to write down. Well, okay, here it is: "We had dry martinis; great wing-shaped glasses of perfumed fire, tangy as the early morning air." Maybe I'm an alcoholic, but doesn't that sound great? Plus it's set off in its own paragraph. This story of a fun-loving gal's year in 1950's Paris is lighthearted but extremely smart and well-written, and not without its moments of poignancy. One of the better novels I've read in a while.
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July 28, 2007 – Shelved
Started Reading
August 1, 2007 – Finished Reading
July 6, 2016 – Shelved as: nyrb-classics

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message 1: by Edan (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:58AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Edan Okay, now I am reading this!


Sunny Purdin So I just finished this. And I feel the exact same way! I was muddling through the book and the last 40 pages were the only interesting parts! I loved the description of the night club.


Christina I'm going to second that sticking it out until the end is critical! It's by far the best portion of the book.


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