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Such a funny book! It is not politically correct, but I am so glad that it was republished from its 1962 original publication date. It is only marred by the notes from the author’s son, which reveal family information that may be none of our business. His criticism mars the overall sense of fun that is this book. The fictional hero of this tale is an expat writer living in Mexico whose neighbor is a famous director. I kept thinking of Orson Welles throughout the read. The director is an outrageous artist whose one aim in life is to move from one film shoot to the next and leave no one else still standing and solvent. All of the characters are wonderfully and realistically drawn. I could vividly picture their villas, dining establishments, and entanglements. That being said, most satires may offend some sensitive souls, but I considered the time period of publication and remained delighted with the stories. It is perfect summer entertainment. I certainly intend to reread his first book, Auntie Mame.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 312 pages
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Publish Date 2018-May-01
ISBN 9780912777467 Buy this Book
Issue July 2018
Category Humor/Fiction


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