The Old Man And Me

The Old Man And Me With The Old Man and Me Dundy tackles the American Girl in s LondonHoney Flood if that s her real name is determined to make the Soho scene and she ll know she s arrived when she snags its great

  • Title: The Old Man And Me
  • Author: Elaine Dundy
  • ISBN: 9781844081240
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • With The Old Man and Me, Dundy tackles the American Girl in 1960s LondonHoney Flood if that s her real name is determined to make the Soho scene, and she ll know she s arrived when she snags its greatest prize, the literary star C.D McKee.Set in an early sixties London just beginning to swing, The Old Man and Me is populated by hipsters, pill poppers, literary upsWith The Old Man and Me, Dundy tackles the American Girl in 1960s LondonHoney Flood if that s her real name is determined to make the Soho scene, and she ll know she s arrived when she snags its greatest prize, the literary star C.D McKee.Set in an early sixties London just beginning to swing, The Old Man and Me is populated by hipsters, pill poppers, literary upstarts, would be bohemians, and titled divorcees matching wits in smoky nightclubs and Mayfair flats By the time Honey gets what she thinks she s after, she may find that the world she was hell bent on conquering has gotten the better of her.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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. T [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. Witty, funny, zany in parts and well written. Elaine Dundy had a real gift for gab. I surprised myself in liking this a lot more 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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 more 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 [...]

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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 betwe [...]

    10. 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, [...]

    11. 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 more besides that the plot unfolds very neatly and there is a lot more complexity to it than a simple means to revenge. Go read [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. 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.

    14. I should read more 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 more New York Review books.

    15. 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.

    16. 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.

    17. 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.

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

    19. Una obra pícara, 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 época es muy interesante, tanto que hasta dan ganas de visitar esos sofisticados bares de jazz, muy recomendable lectura.

    20. 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 onl [...]

    21. 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. [...]

    22. 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. hims [...]

    23. Let me preface this by saying that Elaine Dundy can certainly write and I wish that she had made more 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 Engl [...]

    24. 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 more of a following."I sighed and shook my weary he [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 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 [...]

    27. 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 [...]

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