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ISBN-10: 0802127479
ISBN-13: 9780802127471
Publisher: Grove Press
Publish Date: 07/17/2018
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.40" W, 0.80" H

Candy

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Overview

Originally banned in Paris and published by the Olympia Press under the pseudonym Maxwell Kenton, Candy is the scandalous 1958 novel cowritten by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg, now reissued with an introduction by B. J. Novak. Candy was greeted in America by white-hot controversy, becoming a bestseller and helping to cement Southern’s reputation as a legendary absurdist comic. The book centers on the sexual misadventures of a young girl named Candy Christian–lithe, taut, impossibly sweet, and as naive as she is irresistible. Chronicling her liaisons with everyone from her father’s gardener, a pretentious professor, a shrink, a guru, and even her own uncle, Candy follows this luscious all-American girl as she breaks away from her small-town life and sets out to experience the world. Through it all, Candy is exploited, ravaged, and used–and eager as ever to please. A satire of Voltaire’s Candide, Candy is an exhilarating romp through the fantasies and perversions of the American male and a fearless portrait of corrupted innocence in a society obsessed with narcissism, power, and commerciality. A hilarious and sexy fable, Candy is a countercultural tour de force.

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Praise for Terry Southern and Candy:

A comic pornographer with a profound moral sense . . . [Southern's prose] has a weirdly old-fashioned grace, like antique gold filigree, in which his radical new ideas glow like blood-red stones. An idea man unconfined by any ideologies, Southern is a sort of hip social anarchist.New York Times

Sex in America, after [Candy], is not going to be the same . . . Southern is an absolutely first-rate writer . . . The work of a major satirist . . . Southern is holding up a triple-angled mirror to America in which, given a rudimentary sense of humor, we are enabled to see ourselves as we really are . . . When sex is a joyous fulfillment instead of a wasting affliction, people can see that the most hilarious event in the history of mankind was the division of the sexes. This is what Southern sees; and that is what Candy says.–Nelson Algren, Life

Reading the sexploitation-drenched novel Candy . . . was one of the most physically uncomfortable experiences of my life. Uncomfortable, because no matter how I tried to shift my tush on the hard wooden chair I was sitting in, I couldn't avoid the awkward sensation of my own dripping panties. It really was that good . . . [A] satirical one-upmanship of Voltaire's Candide.Vice

Terry Southern writes mean, cooly deliberate, and murderous prose . . . We may have at last found the rightful heir (saints protect me from sacrilege) of Nathaniel West.–Norman Mailer

Wickedly funny to read and morally bracing as only good satire can be.–William Styron

Terry Southern was one of the first and best of the new wave of American writers, defining the cutting edge of black comedy.–Joseph Heller

Terry Southern is the illegitimate son of Mack Sennett and Edna Saint Vincent Millay.–Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Terry Southern's fiction, in short form or long, is a national treasure.–Bruce Jay Friedman

Terry Southern was the class clown of the quality-hip scene, larger, weirder, and a lot funnier than life.–Jules Feiffer

Terry Southern is a dirty Red and a marijuana head and one of the major American satirists of the twentieth century.–Tony Hendra

If there were a Mount Rushmore of American humor, Terry Southern would be the mountain they'd carve it from–Michael O'Donoghue, former writer/producer for Saturday Night Live

Terry Southern is the American writer most capable of handling frenzy on a gigantic scale.Esquire

Terry Southern . . . has emerged in hindsight as a kind of real-life Forrest Gump figure–present at the creation of virtually everything new, liberating and free-spirited in post-World War II arts and culture.Denver Post

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Details

ISBN-10: 0802127479
ISBN-13: 9780802127471
Publisher: Grove Press
Publish Date: 07/17/2018
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.40" W, 0.80" H
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