Fair. 14th printing. Text is tanned, name on inside of cover, slightly curled corners. Cover has stains, dirty areas, small tears around edges, creasing, curled corners, spine is creased, heavy shelfwear.
Very good in very good dust jacket. 223 p. Audience: General/trade. Slight tilt to spine, soil/tanning & a bit of edgewear on white dj, rubbing/slight fraying & sunning on cover, a little soil/foxing on edge, else text clean, binding tight.
Very Good+ in Very Good jacket. Inscribed by the author with a great message on the fly leaf, ''To Merl, I wish for you peace, happiness, love, money and a little nooky now and then--like on rainy days! (signed)''. 1972, First Edition. Very Good+ in a Very Good dust jacket. Light rubbing and fading to the edges of the binding; clean and unmarked text. The DJ has been price-clipped, and shows a touch of wear and fading at the spine and other folds; DJ now housed in a mylar wrap. A fantastic inscription by the author, who was most famous for writing 'A Chorus Line. '
Very Good. New York: Stein and Day, 1972. First edition. Hardcover. 223 pp. Very good, in a very good unclipped dust jacket. Spine rubbed and softened at the head and tail with some rounding of corners. Dust jacket has small tears along the bottom edge. Inscribed by author on front free endpaper.
There is much to admire in Kirkwood's book, primarily his gifted sense of humor and the wonderful detail the late author extended to his characters. But in reading this book again after many years, it still annoys me that Kirkwood does not "drop the other gay shoe." Even though the book was published in the early 70s, there was already a body of outstanding gay literature. But heaven forfend that Kirkwood's two main characters should end up in bed together. We can infer a relationship at the end of the novel, but the denouement is red-faced and without the romantic resolution the story needs. I've always been annoyed that the author uses the phrase, "and now the capper" once too often. Perhaps I'm carping too much about a book that was meant to be lightweight. It is sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. But it could have been so much more. Still, it is a book I go back to if I need a smile.
Aug 7, 2008
And you think YOU'VE had a bad day!
I read this book many years ago and found it to fit my sense of humor. So I kept the book, but as the years went by, it got rather tattered. (It wasn't new when I got it). I recently had the opportunity to purchase it, so I bought 2 copies--1 for the library, 1 (the unproofed version) for me. I also bought the DVD. If you like off-the-wall humor, you'll really enjoy the book. I didn't find the movie as good. But then, a lot is left out of movies when scripted from books.
Apr 20, 2007
A brilliant comedy. Kirkwood is unsurpassed. A masterful story teller.
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