The Dud Avocado so, even though I still had no idea what the title meant, I decided to make it one of my last reads of 2010. Now I know what the title means but I'm not so sure about the novel itself.
This is the story of a young woman in the 1950s who has escaped her dull American life with a two-year fully-financed jaunt in Paris, courtesy of a rich uncle. She does a little bit of acting but mostly a lot of nothing. I hate to say it but everything from the lead character's name (Sally Jay Gorce) to her impulsive escape to the French Riviera bothered me. Although I had heard repeatedly how funny this novel was, I can't remember laughing or even smiling a single time. Sally Jay was not a malicious or stupid character and I didn't actually dislike her but I didn't really care what happened to her either. When she got into hairy situations, I felt she never got more than she deserved.
If you've read this book, can you tell me if I missed something? Did I read it at the wrong time? Or was it just not for me? I know I have a sense of humor but maybe not when it comes to lazy youths who feel entitled to have fun on someone else's dime.
Pondering the dud novel,
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