Candy author Terry Southern review Ù 3

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Candy author Terry Southern review Ù 3 ç Banned upon its initial publication the now classic Candy is a romp of a story about the impossibly sweet Candy Christian a wide eyed luscious all American girl Candy –– a satire of Voltaire’s Candide –– chronicles her adventures with mystics sexual analysts and everyone she meets when she seChristian a wide eyed luscious all American girl Candy –– a satire of Voltaire’s Candide –– chronicl. Acuired via interlibrary loan Salacious comical odyssey of a young girl's carnal initiation Written in 1958 This will be my entre into the world of Terry Southern apart from films If it's really good I'll tackle The Magic Christian or Blue Movie nextUPDATEBlazed through the first 73 pages on the bus and would have continued if not for pending family business I actually laughed aloud on the bus when I came to this spouted by the lascivious Aunt Liv I'm in the mood for cock and plenty of it About ten pounds thick and fastSo this is pretty fucking funny so far written with confidence and it flows like the smoothest buttah There's slapstick and satire and a certain hapless charm as Candy tries to lose her virginity I'm not sure this is really a great book but it's just plain fun and there's something to be said for thatHALFWAY or soOK well the antics in the hospital and then the hunchback thing hmmm Methinks the book is falling apart a bit after the terrific flowing momentum of its first third It reads well though And there are laughs and imagination Surprisingly the book is not as dirty as a lot of people seem to be suggesting When it is dirty it is uite so but it just isn't nasty very often It's hard to think of anyone getting off to this book; it's mainly a comedy Candy herself is a relatively poorly defined character it seems to me One minute she's supposed to be kind of dumb and naive and other times she seems to possess smarts at odds with the cluelessness It's hard for the reader to think of her as an erotic objectbeing despite her appearance as one to the other charactersFINALScattershot but admirably transgressive

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Banned upon its initial publication the now classic Candy is a romp of a story about the impossibly sweet Candy. One of my all time favorite films is Barbarella and that's where I first encountered Terry Southern's name as one of its screenwriters Now while I was reading Candy I couldn't help but notice remarkable similarities Candy Christian behaves like a battery operated talking fuckdoll than a human being just like Barbarella Candy is comprised of a series of disconnected events calling it a plot is something I have a lot of reservations about just like Barbarella however Candy is no Jane Fonda and without the movie's campy but exotic studio sets costumes sci fi props Candy is far less funI liked male characters somewhat better They are not typical hunky muscular studs we almost always read in erotica these days Especially the Hunchback is uite memorable The shop on this corner of Grove was a man's underwear shop and the hunchback's eyes devoured another crotch or two before he looked up He was also smiling He supposed she was a policewoman Rubatubdub he said agitating his hump vigorously against the tree Getting run in was part of his kick Three men in a tub cried Candy laughing in marvel at their immediate rapport How simple she thoughtAnd this passage The hunchback was lying naked curled on his side like a big foetus when Candy appeared before him standing for a moment in full lush radiance a naked angel bearing the supreme gift Then she got into bed uickly under the sheet almost soundlessly saying Darling darling and cuddling him to her at once while he his head with the most freakish thoughts imaginable all about tubs of living and broken toys every manner of excrement scorpions steelwool pig masks odd metal harness etc tried desperately to pry into the images a single reminder the moneyMmmmmmAddendum Ok I am reading Trippin' with Terry Southern What I Think I Remember and according to the author Southern clearly had Candy in mind when writing Barbarella Overall Terry loved writing Barbarella because he felt it was his Candy a brave girl trying to do the right thing but in outer space

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Candy author Terry SoutheEs her adventures with mystics sexual analysts and everyone she meets when she sets out to experience the world. Candy by Maxwell Canton a psuedonym for Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg is a 1958 novel that is apparently fondly remembered by lots of its fans for its breathless descriptions of an excessively naive manipulable and attractive young lady as she careens through one bizarre encounter after another while a rolling cast of late 50s stereotypical characters attempts to seduce her her teacher Professor Mephesto her Uncle Jack and his wife Livia who apparently also swings wildly between cocaine fueled cockwhore and sullen brat the peculiar Dr Krankeit and the desperate Dr Duncan and thereafter by eually creepy physicians doctors police officers cult leaders Communists religious gurus and finally The Buddha himself Very few of these men and sadly never Livia ever get into her pants; those that do tend to have less than succesful moments The book is replete with descriptions of her lush nakedness and cute euphemisms for various body partsThe book is really a succession of farcical set pieces about pretentious teachers liberated women the weird sexology of the late 1950's the rise of strange religious cults although why they take a swipe at the uakers I can't tell the relationships between cops and gay bars at the time There's an almost painfully extended piece about Jews and the way they did or did not integrate well with the larger American community at the time I write painfully because there were a lot of men from my family and their extended communities who bore the scars of those battles One of my relatives in the early 1970s delighted his mother by becoming a law professor A doctor and a lawyer a career which he almost immediately abandoned to write porn Sadly I'm not actually related to him and my parents adamantly refused to tell me his pen nameI found the book a bit disappointing I can see how it was a thrill to read in 1960 I can see how the authors thought it was subversive and funny But one of the things I've learned in the past forty years is that we don't really run to a reductio world when we have one of these bizarre societal adolescent moments; instead we outgrow them establish a new euilibrium and move on It was a smile yeah that was probably amusing once kind of book