Book – The Dud Avocado

IMG_0020I was just going through a phase of not being able to get stuck into a book when I remembered that a friend had recommended The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy.

It turned out to be a book I instantly liked.
The narrator/protagonist, Sally Gorce, is a 21-year-old residing in 1950s Paris. With pink hair, unsuitable clothes, a superb imagination and a string of men after her, she is a truly fascinating character – not to mention ahead of her time.

What I love most about The Dud Avocado is its, or should I say Sally’s, unpredictability. As the page turns so does her mood. From lazy happiness to restless discontent, half the time Sally doesn’t seem to know how she feels or what she wants. However, what’s interesting about her is the fact that  she’s willing to make big mistakes in order to try and find out.

Aside from SG, my favourite characters in the book are Jim and Judy – a quiet, humble artist and a kind but naive young lady who’s battling with illness. However, Sally has a big group of friends – many of them artists – and you will no doubt develop your own preferences.

From martinis to marriage proposals, each page will keep you on your toes and hungry for more. If you’re anything like me, the book will also leave you wondering whether you should try a more exotic hair colour next time you’re at the salon.


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