[E-Book] ↠ Free Read ß The Old Man and Me : by Elaine Dundy ↠ #2020

  • Title: The Old Man and Me
  • Author: Elaine Dundy
  • ISBN: 9781590173176
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Paperback

  • The Old Man and Me By Elaine Dundy In The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy revealed the life of the young expatriate in Paris in all its hilarious and heartbreaking drama With The Old Man and Me, written when Dundy was living in England in the early 1960s, she tackles the American girl in London, a bit older but certainly no wiser Honey Flood if that s her real name arrives in London with only her quick wits aIn The Dud Avocado, Elaine Dundy revealed the life of the young expatriate in Paris in all its hilarious and heartbreaking drama With The Old Man and Me, written when Dundy was living in England in the early 1960s, she tackles the American girl in London, a bit older but certainly no wiser Honey Flood if that s her real name arrives in London with only her quick wits and a scheme To get what she wants, she ll have to seduce the city s brightest literary star, no matter how many would be bohemians she has to charm, how many smoky jazz clubs she has to brave, or how many Lady Something Somethings she has to humor But with success within her reach, Honey finds that in making the Soho scene, she s made a big mistake.
    Elaine Dundy
    Elaine Dundy 1921 2008 grew up in New York City and Long Island After graduating from Sweet Briar College in 1943 she worked as an actress in Paris and, later, London, where she met her future husband, the theater critic Kenneth Tynan Dundy wrote three novels, The Dud Avocado 1958 , The Old Man and Me 1964 , and The Injured Party 1974 a play, My Place produced in 1962 biographies of Elvis Presley and the actor Peter Finch a study of Ferriday, Louisiana and a memoir, Life Itself

    The Old Man and Me By Elaine Dundy


    Blistering pace lurks just around the nearest corner in this unassuming little romp There are miles to go before we sleep, but we start as one always must with London, by the river Raw weather and constant fog are countered gallantly with gas fire and cup of tea It s the edgy finish of Austerity Britain, with the city not just yet in swinging shape It was a Sunday, I think, and everything was closed It was a hideous ride with warehouses and smokestacks on one side of the river and Bovril and Mil [...]

    The late and great Elaine Dundy is a very interesting woman, who lived near Book Soup and was a customer as well Little did I know of her writing career till I read The Dud Avocado which is fantastic by the way So her history is fascinating in that she was married to British theater critic great Kenneth Tynan and also wrote the first serious in depth biography on Elvis.So of course The Old Man and Me would be of interest, but beyond that, it is quite a remarkable novel on various levels The thin [...]

    Mad props to NYRB for reprinting another brilliant and wickedly funny gem from Elaine Dundy with a PERFECT cover illustration and a whip smart, irresistible heroine whom you can t help loving even if you suspect she may be crazy as a loon Honey Flood or so she calls herself is a bright young American woman, recently arrived in London with no money but a plan so far fetched and diabolical it just might succeed To get into the particulars would ruin the plot, so let s just say it requires the sedu [...]

    Witty, funny, zany in parts and well written Elaine Dundy had a real gift for gab I surprised myself in liking this a lot than I thought I would It reminded me of some of the zany British movies from the sixties It was well worth my time A much needed fun read that ended up on my best reads pile 4 stars.

    I find it impossible to review Elaine Dundy s books because I enjoy them SO MUCH that all I want to do is implore you to read this in all caps times 100 I should temper that by saying Dundy has created a nuanced portrait of a young woman living the heedless life of an ex pat in 50 s London Paris perfectly Her characters are infectiously likable even when they are being bitchy little monstersAD THISAD THISAD THIS to the 77th power.

    This is a wickedly funny and frighteningly accurate depiction of a Crazy Geezer Chaser It has enhanced my understanding of human behavior, but left me even jaded than before I knew of several Geezer Chasers in my early thirties Money and status were their goals and dirty old men were their Lotto tickets.I didn t know the Malibu Barbie Bimbo Brigade well, but I remember overhearing some terribly sad conversations in the ladies room of a certain bar frequented by them Their mating calls were drun [...]

    I won t go so far as to say that is was a dud avocado, but I will say that is was no Dud Avocado, if you know what I mean.

    Martin Geiger
    It looked like ordinary satire young American girl crosses the pond, attempts to seduce and fake her way through London literary scene, etc I was wrong Dundy s main character is a monster of appetites and hatreds, a truly terrible person who manages to be a delightful narrator The blackest and eventually bleakest of black comedies The early sections read a little like Waugh with added vitriol, but it rises to a pretty frightening crack up, and a nicely disquieting end.

    I love Dundy s use of words and writing style She perfectly captures the flippant and emotionally immature persona of the protagonist in the process of telling a very interesting story about a young woman who feels cheated out of her inheritance and the lengths she is willing to go to get what s hers.Among other things, this work provokes deeper thought and exploration of the ennui and excesses of both the wealthy and youth, the need to recapture one s lost youth as we age, power dynamics betwee [...]

    One of the most hilarious and witty books I have ever read It s such a sweet surprise when you find a book written forty years ago with a style so relatable today I was no femme fatale, no trained courtesan neither a Lorelei, nor an enchantress, nor a witch I had no feeling for,and absolutely no belief in, the extra mystical powers of my femininity I was yes, indeedy, I still am a plain ordinary American girl All right looking all right even good looking, attractive when well groomed, but in an [...]

    After reading The Dud Avocado last summer, I was eager to read something else by Elaine Dundy I liked The Dud Avocado, but I loved The Old Man and Me The Old Man and Me starts out with the same mid century American girl abroad as The Dud Avocado, but it quickly morphs into a revenge and intrigue plot It s very easy to give a lot of it away, so I ll try not to say any besides that the plot unfolds very neatly and there is a lot complexity to it than a simple means to revenge Go read it already [...]

    Great book With such a biting charm And the character of the young woman is so wonderfully mercenary Actually, there are a lot of not so nice characters in the book But I still felt drawn in to their little stories, hang ups and foibles And what a comeuppance Did any of the characters really got what they wanted, or thought they wanted in the beginning And I have to say, I did not guess how the main characters were connected And the sentences just sparkled A lot of little gems hiding in the gene [...]

    Dundy s second book was also quite good I didn t enjoy it quite as much as The Dud Avocado Elaine Dundybut it was excellent nevertheless.

    I should read fun books like this one I finish them quickly and learn a lot.Grabbed this copy from the Moses Bookmobile last week I was struck by a Gore Vidal blurb A splendid, destructive work And the cover looked leisurely and poised and suitable for a 3 day weekend at The Elms.I ll try Dundy s Dud Avacodo on the basis of this one, and definitely read New York Review books.

    Carol Smith
    Now that s a protagonist Honey Flood if indeed that s your real name you are a pip You are the original Gone Girl Evil and ambiguity served up straight, with crisply delineated characters and deliciously purposeful prose Definitely reading The Dud Avocado.

    One of those wickedly clever and surprising comedies set in the lost wold of upper class London there in the early Sixties, just as old certainties were dissolving and the Swinging England of the Carnaby Street era was making itself felt Great heroine, great darkly hilarious plot All in all, one of those books that does need to be filmed, and filmed well.

    Simply one of the best novels ever written perfectly captures the voice and mind of young very American woman in the early 1960s The perfect character put in the perfect time and perfect place The stars aligned for this brilliant author A modern masterpiece from an under appreciated genius.

    Kristin Dow
    Loved the vibe and bad girl angle of this book Has a creepy undertone, but I remained hooked Highly skilled writing.

    Vaguely amusing, but a sad, sad disappointment after the wonderful Dud Avocado.

    Yahvé Solís
    Una obra p cara, muy divertida, pero debo aclarar que no es mi tipo de libro favorito, sin embargo los disfrute, la historia es fresca, chusca, y la manera de proyectar de dundy la poca es muy interesante, tanto que hasta dan ganas de visitar esos sofisticados bares de jazz, muy recomendable lectura.

    Diverting and occasionally laugh out loud turns of phrase.

    3.5 stars

    I enjoyed this book tremendously Though the main character Honey Betsy Lou is described on the blurb as plotting murder, and though she actually does take some action in that regard, this is an amusing book I was reminded of Chick Lit, though Chick Lit is never this twisted.Precis Honey has lost her inheritance, and to regain it she need only kill the man who has it So she changes her name to Betsy Lou, comes to London and worms her way into his affections But things do not go to planMy only gri [...]

    the first quarter of the book is so clearly meant to be intriguing our narrator is clearly using a false identity, we don t know who she really is or what her motives are why is she in London why is she obsessed with finding seducing this fat rich man why does she bear him such ill will why is she plotting to murder him until she finally confesses to the reader but the summary on the back cover of my edition ruined it for me it included all the info that was meant to be redacted I don t think I [...]

    I was really hoping to love this book the publisher s synopsis about an early sixties London just beginning to swing made it sound so attractive But in the end, I thought the tale of Honey Flood and her quest to meet and win the affections of famous man about town C.D McKee just fell flat Dundy was a talented writer, but it seems to me she was trying a bit too hard to be cute and outrageous here I wasn t charmed by Honey Betsy Lou, or any of the other characters except maybe C.D himself As a mat [...]

    Kiely Marie
    Let me preface this by saying that Elaine Dundy can certainly write and I wish that she had made novels in her lifetime The Old Man and Me was a very entertaining and funny book, with an unreliable narrator, a plot I didn t at all expect from the summary on the back cover, and surprises on every page Honey Flood s voice was so pessimistic and mad at everything England and Europe stood for that it was really funny to read Most of all I loved the exploration of the differences between England and [...]

    I read this one while laying on the beach in Mexico, but somehow this novel still made me pine for the drafty pubs of London In the Dud Avocado, Dundy reveals the life of the young expatriate in Paris Now, her female protagonist living in London is a bit older, but no wiser This would be a self indulgent Sex and the City meets 1960s London if it weren t for Dundy s fierce, blunt and beautiful prose I do not understand why Dundy doesn t have of a following I sighed and shook my weary head I saw [...]

    In the introduction, Dundy talks about how one has to be either a monster or a doormat The primary plot concerns a young American woman trying to fully embrace her monster side in order to get what she believes is her right The differences between British American cultures and youth age are also discussed throughout the book It was interesting to see in the early 60s how little Great Britain had changed from earlier in the century For the most, part it seemed like I could have been reading a nov [...]

    For a book that was released in the mid 1960s, The Old Man and Me feels entirely fresh Our young protagonist, who has her eyes on the titular old man for not so pure motives, is a bit of an anti heroine and yet you can t help but empathize with her It helps that she has such an intelligent, wry, no nonsense voice with which she narrates the story Loved the piercing, often funny, musings on trans Atlantic differences with the English constantly pointing out how uncivilized America is and our Amer [...]

    Andrea Dowd
    I would consider Elaine Dundy to be the older sister or cool step sister to Sylvia Plath Her writing is clear and while still tapping the hallmarks of a youth during the early 60s, avoids going into treacle territory like Plath seems to do for me once in a while.The story of Honey Flood starts the reader out thinking that this young woman was on the prowl for some rich celebrity and had yet to happen upon him She s disillusioned and discouraged by London Once she does find the man, her story mor [...]

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